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Old February 11th, 2006, 06:11 AM   #1
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HCR-A1 vs PD170 for TV pictures


I have a little (very little, 4 minutes) show inside a morning show on a TV channel.
I'd like to have some little short video images that I'd be able to shoot myself (In a previous life I used to do text+photo and somehow I'd like to do the same with video)

A used PD170 is more or less in the same price range than a new HVR-A1

Considering that I don't care about HD (it's for a SD morning TV show) how does the picture quality of a A1 used in DVCam compare with the one of a PD 170 ?

Say in another way, is a HVR-A1 used in DVcam a good option compard to a used PD170 ?

I'm looking for an answer only on a picture quality basis not on a global ease of use or technical performance.

Thanks in advance

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Old February 11th, 2006, 07:19 AM   #2
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As I understand it, (correct me if I'm wrong) The PD150/170 does not do true 16:9, whereas the A1 does not do 4:3. Personally, I wouldn't buy a second hand camera, but if you are making 4:3 programming maybe the PD would be a better bet. I own the PDX-10 which was the SD predecessor of the A1 and always found it a good camera, even though it had a few annoyances, such as a slightly unwieldy shape. You could probably pick one of these up for a lot less than a PD150, and have both 16:9 and 4:3 options
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