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Old March 1st, 2002, 09:58 AM   #1
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I am going to be purchasing a camera for indoor use. Does anyone have experience of XL1s or vx2000 cameras for indoor use?

I have heard from elsewhere that the XL1s does not film as good as the vx2000 indoors, is this true?

If possible, I would rather have the XL1s but obviously if the quality is going to be poor I might have to reconsider.
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Old March 1st, 2002, 12:03 PM   #2
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Hello Dan,

I think you'll find this thread interesting:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1010

Be sure to take a look at the comparative stills that Steve Nunez recently posted on his site (URL is in the thread).

My -personal- opinion: The XL1s, when used properly, produces a very faithful rendering of most scenes. But if you're planning to do mostly hand-held, ad-hoc shooting you might find the Sony's physical design to be more appropriate.
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Old March 1st, 2002, 12:54 PM   #3
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No, I wont be doing much hand-held shooting at all. It will all be in a studio-type setting so it will be on a tripod or something similar.

Thanks for the link.
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Old March 1st, 2002, 01:09 PM   #4
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If you also employ other studio qualities like lighting
the XL1S is very good (and the sony too). It all boils
down to what you need/want and how it looks to you.
I bought my Canon XL1S because it has a larger third
party support then the sony. A lot more extras can
be bought for the camera...

Just my two cents...
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Old March 1st, 2002, 02:27 PM   #5
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So I wont be disappointed with the XL1s' quality?

I dont mind a small difference between the two cams, aslong as I'm not going to regret buying the XL1s over the vx2000.
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Dan,

Again in -my personal- opinion, you're comparing apples and oranges. Sony's closest performance competitor to the XL1s is not the VX2000 but rather the PD150. The VX2000's closest sibling in the Canon line is the GL1.

"Disappointment" is a function of your expectations, so I don't know that anyone here can guarantee you against this. Certainly nobody wants to make an expensive mistake. But there are many, many successful professional and semi-professionals using the XL1 system today. Steven Soderberg is even shooting most of an upcoming film with an XL1s (www.fullfrontal.com). I think its the best DV acquisition system just below broadcast-grade equipment (ex: Sony DSR300, DSR500).

Why not visit a local dealer and get some face time with both cameras to make your decision? The time will certainly be well spent.
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Old March 1st, 2002, 06:06 PM   #7
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Thanks Ken, I will try out the XL1s if I can in the near future.
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