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Old May 18th, 2005, 08:06 PM   #1
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Panasonic AG-DV2500 or Sony DSR-11

I am looking for opinions on these two decks. I need to get an editing deck in the next couple of weeks and would like to know if anyone has any experiance with either of these decks? I have read some threads on this forum about the DSR-11 but haven't found anything on the AG-DV2500. The Sony is priced alittle higher (about $125 on B&H) and I have always kind of thought Sony was alittle overpriced. Is the AG-DV2500 comparable in quality and function? I know these questions are asked frequently but any feedback would be appreciated.

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Old May 19th, 2005, 02:59 AM   #2
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From reading the specs:

The Panasonic may have headphone jack and audio meters. The DSR11 doesn't according to Adam Wilt's review.
The Panasonic can add 7.5IRE setup (which is correct for non-Japan NTSC), the DSR11 cannot.
The Panasonic can read but not record to DVCAM. The DSR11 does both.
I believe both can read PAL/NTSC DV tapes.
In Final Cut, there are hacks to put timecode down through firewire with the DSR11 (i.e. you need to make a broadcast master). Apparently DVCPRO is a more popular format though?
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Old May 19th, 2005, 06:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info!! I was wondering if the DSR-11 had audio meters or headphone jacks....it didn't look like it from the picture or the features listed.

They both have features that I would like, so part of the decision is going to come down to quality. Has anyone experienced any quality or performance issues with either one?
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Old May 19th, 2005, 09:55 AM   #4
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Hello,

I am buying a DSR-11 right now. I also wondered about the Pani. I am having the great "Tape Brand Debate" with myself right now, so this is an important choice.

I have shooters that provide me with DVCAM tapes, which are exclusively Sony, so I want to standardize on Sony brand. But I am also buying a camera, I would like the DSR-400... great specs, but the JVC 5100U is cheaper and has great DSP... so I may go with the JVC.

Where is this going??

Well because of my dilemma, I called Sony and JVC. It appears (still don't trust my results 100%) that the DSR-11 will read anything you throw in it that will fit, and I should be able to run full size DVCAM tapes in the JVC camera... so I can still standardize on Sony tapes.

The added advantage of the DSR-11, besides its rock solid construction and reputation, is that it can additionally read/record DVCAM, which is probably the best standard in this category for quality.

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Old May 19th, 2005, 01:50 PM   #5
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Anthony,

That is definately something to think about, I am really sitting on the fence here. I don't do alot with DVCAM tapes but that always could change. Having the most versatility is definately a high priority!!!
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