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Old March 3rd, 2010, 12:16 PM   #1
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Is there such a Video Camera?

I own an Canon HV20 and love the color and size. I use my HV20 with the 1.7x doubler, but it wieghs as much as the rest of the camera and makes it tough to shoot wiht in a run and gun style.

I really want that 20x lens with prosumer controls and the camera body style of a Canon GL2 that shoots in high def. I think would prefer 3 CCD but 1or 3 CMOS chips might suffice. I don't know if I care about tape or disk.

DOes this camera exist? THe XHA1 is so much bigger and has many controls than I need. Any thoughts, does this camera exist or is it the next middle tier product offering?

Kirt

PS: if this is the wrong forum to post, don't flame me too bad, I did search but wasn't quite sure.
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 12:21 PM   #2
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Hi Kirt, no worries as this site is enforced as a flame-free zone.

The XH A1 has what you want if you don't mind a tape-based camcorder. For tapeless HD with full manual controls, consider the Sony HXR-NX5 or its close twin the Sony HDR-AX2000, or you can wait until NAB when Canon will most likely announce their tapeless replacement of the XH series. Hope this helps,
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 12:28 PM   #3
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Chris,

Thanks for the response:

I film wildlife and need bring the camera on lots of outdoor adventures. I looked at the XHA1 but it is so much bigger than the light small GL2 (with that wonderful 20x zoom). I would hate to carry an XHA1 all morning humping it up a mountain, or have it in my backpack for thee or four days. Ugghh!

I keep my fingers crossed and keep looking.

Kirt
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 01:16 PM   #4
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It's getting a bit outdated now, but the Sony FX7 would fit the bill nicely. I've travelled with it alot and it's never let me down.
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 01:21 PM   #5
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I have a GL2 and love it...I know what you mean about the 20X zoom.

Have you looked at the Panasonic AG- HMC40? It's AVCHD with a 12X (also has digital zoom) and a form factor like you are looking for.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 01:04 PM   #6
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I'll second the recommendation for the FX7. Small, reasonably cheap and the longest tele out there. In my mind, the best value HDV tape cam available.
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