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Old April 20th, 2010, 02:33 AM   #1
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Small Cam To Go With The A1

I'm looking to buy second cam but can't afford another A1. How about the Canon HV20 would the footage be a good match?? And a smaller cam I might be able to afford an underwater housing. And suggestion?
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Old April 20th, 2010, 06:20 AM   #2
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How about a Canon T2i?
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Old April 20th, 2010, 02:16 PM   #3
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We used the XHa1 cameras and the HV20's at the newspaper website where I used to work, they were both capable cameras. I can't say that you can (or can't) cut between them, because any two cameras will differ, but when my a1 was in the shop I shot with the hv20 and the results were not at all second-rate. HTH...
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Old April 20th, 2010, 02:19 PM   #4
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The HV20 was discontinued long ago. Today the equivalent camcorder would be the Canon VIXIA HV40.
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Old April 21st, 2010, 12:15 AM   #5
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Don't go with HV20 even if you can find an old one. It only does 60i and 24p wrapped in 60i. Get an HV40 instead.
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 02:27 AM   #6
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Thanks to all. I'll look up that 40 and see how much $$$$$$ it cost.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 09:25 AM   #7
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B&H is practically giving them away for $650:

Canon | VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder | 3686B001 | B&H


Price is good through April 30th. Normally it's $950.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 11:05 AM   #8
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Hope it works better for you

I have two HV30's and I have tried and tried to mix footage with my XH-A1's. If the HV30 footage doesn't have to mix with the XH-A1's you should be okay but if you expect a transition from one to the other forget it. Others might have had better luck.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 08:12 PM   #9
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Ya I do plan to mix the footage of the two cams. Right now I'm having trouble mixing two shots from the same preset together, forget two different presets, although I have faith I can ride the learning curve out and come out on the other end OK, especially with this forum.
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I also have the Matrox RTX2 card that allows me to color match two footage. Check it out here

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