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Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
Canon XH G1S / G1 (with SDI), Canon XH A1S / A1 (without SDI).

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Old July 14th, 2008, 12:53 PM   #31
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My first shoot without any dropouts

I had my XH-A1 first shoot this past weekend without a single dropout. I had been using Panasonic AMQs since I got my XH-A1s in April/May of 2007. I can't tell you how relieved I am to not have any dropouts from the shoot this past weekend. I had sent both cameras in for repair with no success at the end of last year. I even had a drop out shooting SD which had NEVER happened on my old Sony DV cameras.

At any rate, the tapes I used are a rebranded Sony HDV tape. I believe it's the HDM63VG, which is only available as special order on BH, but my local dealer had them for less than $8 apiece.

I used to believe the most tape was tape, and that Sony tape was more expensive for the name. But after last weekend, I think I've finally settled on my new preference for tape stock. I know some guys have no issues with the AMQs, and maybe that has to do with the build revision of the XH-A1 or climate and such, but I hope this information gives hope and answeres some questions. I'd almost given up on this camera.
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Old July 14th, 2008, 01:18 PM   #32
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dustin, I too have recently had terrible results with pana amq tapes, 36 tapes used and only one tape with no drop outs.
I was begining to think it was my cameras.
ive now switched to sony tapes after running a head cleaner through both cameras.
fingers crossed all will be okay.
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