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Old March 16th, 2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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¿XH-A1s or HVX200A?

Can anyone break down the Pros & Cons on these two?

which has a better "film look?"

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Old March 17th, 2011, 03:59 PM   #2
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Re: ¿XH-A1s or HVX200A?

that did not quite garner the response I was hoping for.. ha.

let me try and be a little less vague.

I guess what I need to know is whether anyone thinks there is a major disadvantage to one camera or the other.

Low Light performance seems to be similar, but maybe I'm missing something..
I'm also concerned about the fact that the XH-A1s shows 1080i next to the 30 and 24 frame rate options. does this mean that it will have an interlaced "look" even when shooting at these adjusted frame rates?

does one of these cameras work better with FCP? it seems that both formats are native to FCP.. but maybe I'm missing something.

At the moment, I'm leaning toward the HVX but I do like the lens rings on the XH-A1s..

I'll be using the camera mostly for documentary shooting, but would like to have enough flexibility to shoot some material that would require a bit more of a "film look."

Any info/suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated as I am looking to pull the trigger on a purchase in the very near future.

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Old March 20th, 2011, 06:35 PM   #3
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Re: ¿XH-A1s or HVX200A?

If you want to consider cams outside the Canon family....and not to knock the XHA1 (I have and still use sometimes, one of the 1st)

Consider looking at the HMC150, or perhaps the AF100. XHA1s is a great cam, but if comparing to the Panasonic line, the HMC150 or AF100 are better choices. Want interchangable lenses, and real cinema cam features? Get the AF100.

Do more event work? Need something more like the XHA1 in form, but with better low light and the ability to shoot real progressive? Get the HMC150.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 07:30 PM   #4
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Re: ¿XH-A1s or HVX200A?

The HVX has tapeless recording, but the cards are expensive. It also has the ability to shoot to tape, but only in SD. That could be bad if you need to give a client raw tapes and they want HD. The HVX has much better audio, both in quality, and the ability to record 4 channel stereo. The HVX also has the ability to shoot in 720p. As far as film look I'd probably give the edge to Panasonic using custom colors. I've seen the HVX on craigslist for pretty good prices, so I'd probably go with the HVX if it was me.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 02:54 AM   #5
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Re: ¿XH-A1s or HVX200A?

Out of those two choices I'd go with the HVX200, unless I needed long record times (P2 cards are expensive!), but there are much better choices available now. If I was in the market for this type of camera right now I'd be looking at the Panasonic HMC150 or the Sony NX5.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 01:11 PM   #6
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Re: ¿XH-A1s or HVX200A?

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Can anyone break down the Pros & Cons on these two?
which has a better "film look?"
thanks!
Any DSLR shooting video will give you 'better film look' than A1 or HVX, but you need to know limitations and know how to work them around, but from the other hand, if person knows what he's doing, and has post production experience, his iPhone footage is going to have 'better film look', than mine shot on red epic :)
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