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Old December 16th, 2006, 03:19 AM   #1
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Recommendations for HD camera within $3000-$7000

I've been really keen on the Canon XH-A1, but I believe in exploring all options first. I am a student filmmaker looking to use HD in future projects, whatever they may be. Which cameras do people recommend, based on their overall features? I've come under the impression the XH-A1 is the best camera in the market for its price.
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Old December 16th, 2006, 04:54 AM   #2
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I don't agree. I think the JVC hd100 series and the Sony FX clearly offer the most bang for the buck.
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Old December 16th, 2006, 11:23 AM   #3
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For the price, the A1 is absolutely amazing. There are definitely better cameras out there, but not at that price point. I think it delivers better imagery than the HD100 series, with none of that cam's drawbacks, at $2000 less. And the A1 blows the Sony FX1 into the weeds, at about the same price. Just the sheer addition of XLRs and 24F would be enough for it to win that comparison, but then you throw in the 20x zoom and the extensive image controls, and it's no contest.

I'm no fan of HDV, and I think the A1 is limited in a lot of ways, but at that low price point ($3699 @ B&H) it stands alone -- at least until I get a chance to check out a Sony V1U.
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Old December 16th, 2006, 11:49 AM   #4
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I had a similiar question.

After VERY LENGTHY research and thought, I just ordered the Canon XH-A1 yesterday.

Every camera has pros and cons.

But when I added in the $money$ angle based on camera price, my needed accessories, and operating costs, ...the Canon won for my situation.

So dont forget to figure out the economics based on camera + accessories (editor too) + operating costs + extended-warranty cost before you purchase. Use REAL costs not list prices to compare camera prices - some companies discount more from list than others.

For example, I believe a Mack warranty costs more as the price of the camera goes past certain price points ($5000 is one such point).

So think about these things. Unless money is no object and/or you will make money off the camera and the added features increase profits so that initial costs are insignificant over the life of the camera...

p.s. As of today, the Sony V1 is $500 more than the Canon. You can get some nice accessories for $500.
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