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Old December 8th, 2006, 01:54 PM   #16
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Interesting. I never looked at the specs on the Z1, just shot with it. It didn't seem as wide to me. If it is, I retract the wide angle part of that comment and stick with the 20:1 part. I haven't shot with a Z1 since early September. I was always wishing for a little bit wider in the situations I was in, but I guess it's the same. After using the 20:1, I've become a believer in the longer end too. I actually used that the first day I shot exteriors. I still think wider is more important than longer, but if you can have both, that's very cool.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 03:06 PM   #17
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Actually, from the matrix link I posted above:

Focal Length XH A1:5.4-108mm HDR-FX1: 4.5mm-54mm
Min illum XH A1: 60i, 1/60 ss = 7 lux, 1/30 ss=4 lux; 24F, 1/48 ss = 6 lux HDR-FX1: 3 lux (Z1U 2 lux)

Being that the FX1 and Z1U share the same optics, wouldn't that indicate that the Sony actually has a wider angle?
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Old December 8th, 2006, 03:11 PM   #18
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I don't know where you got your info, but it's not correct. The XH A1 is 4.5mm at the wide end. Did you get this from camcorderinfo? If so, that would be the source of error. Chris' specs here are always correct, as are the ones published by Canon.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 04:18 PM   #19
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Serves me right for not checking specs on the manufacturers sites...
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Old December 8th, 2006, 04:20 PM   #20
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Actually you can usually get the specs right here in the Watchdog quicker and easier than the manufacturer's site. I've never caught an error in Chris's info, but have found a number of mistakes before at B&H and on camcorderinfo.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 02:55 AM   #21
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I do not do much 24p, but I do spend almost all my time in 30p. XL-A1?

So now I guess the ultimate question is: Sony HVR-Z1U or Canon

Given that 30p is your prime wish, do you not think it logical to strive for a HD110? I mean your debating between two interlaced cams for the job of a slightly more expensive progressive cam? You have to decide what your real priorities are. Unless it is all about money and you stuck at the $4500 and under level, dismissing the cam that was made to shoot in your preferred mode just seems ... well..wrong. Gather a few bucks and get what you desire.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 08:34 AM   #22
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Given that 30p is your prime wish, do you not think it logical to strive for a HD110? I mean your debating between two interlaced cams for the job of a slightly more expensive progressive cam?
First of all, whether the chips are interlace or progressive hardly makes any difference anymore. The Sony CineFrame 30 mode is a fairly decent emulation of 30P. And for all practical purposes, Canon's Frame mode 30F *is* 30P. Frame mode is indistinguishable from progressive scan, and CineFrame 30 is close enough to it that most people can't tell the difference.

Second, while the JVC ProHd series GY-HD110 is the most popular HD camera discussed on this site, its price range is clearly out of his reach as he's stated before. If he's primarily interested in 30P at or below $4000, then he's definitely on the right track with the Canon A1 or Sony Z1 or V1.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 12:32 PM   #23
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Just thought I would post an update:
I ended up going for the Z1U. Partially because I can shoot NTSC and PAL, mainly because I found one heck of a deal from a retiring shooter (ahhh, to retire and ski all day, that would be the life!). Almost brand new (time codes are all at 1X10hr) Z1U, ECM-678 shotgun, two FS4-HD's, two NPF970 batts and BC-V500 charger, a Gitzo G1348 Mk2 & a G126 tripod, B/M 501 head, Edirol R-4 digital recorder, Digi-lux light kit and Bescor PRB-18 batt. pack and various accessories for $5500. score!!

I dare anyone to tell me that I bought the wrong camera ... ok, maybe not dare, but at least it all fit reasonably into my budget.

Thanks again for all the help and input from everyone. If I was not looking for the cameras that I was, I never would have found that deal.

Once I recover from this one, next stop: research into stabilizers!
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Old December 20th, 2006, 12:54 PM   #24
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It's a great camera and you'll love it! Welcome to the world of HD.

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Old December 20th, 2006, 02:26 PM   #25
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Sounds like an excellent deal. That would be an offer very difficult to refuse. I've shot with the Z1 actually more than I have with my new XH A1, and there's nothing to dislike about it.
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