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Old January 27th, 2008, 09:33 PM   #1
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Canon GL2 to HD upgrade?? For Family stuff

Here is my timeline in cameras..
TRV950
TRV900
Canon GL1
Canon GL2

I was going through and transferring years of DV tapes today.
All family and kids stuff.
Out of all the cameras the Gl2 is the best, looks ok indoors.

I am thinking of upgrading to a HD format.
I currently do NOT have anything else HD.
Not my TV or PC monitor
But since this is family stuff, years from now we will all have HD or better.

Will I go down in quality by going to HD? Low Light performance?
Maybe just get a better DV non-HD type camera? Something better in low light?

Any suggestions??
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Old January 27th, 2008, 10:08 PM   #2
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Canon HV20 or HV30.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 10:10 PM   #3
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Canon HV20 or HV30.

I agree, HV20. Video quality will improve but you will suffer in low light compared to the GL2.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 10:20 PM   #4
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I don't want to get any worse with the low light stuff
Half of my shooting is indoors.

If I don't go with HD, I was looking at the AG-DVX100B
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Old January 28th, 2008, 01:02 AM   #5
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To be honest, if you aren't ready to go HD at this point, I wouldn't bother upgrading. The GL2 is a fantastic SD camera, and aside from missing out on true widescreen, which is pretty important these days, I just don't think it's worth upgrading to another SD camera.

I don't think you'll regret buying an HV20. It's really not that bad in low light at all. Although you might miss the amazing form-factor of the GL2, the video quality will be so much better, especially when you do end up getting an HDTV.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 03:12 AM   #6
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You had a TRV950 before the 900 Greg?
Anyway, I too side with the HV20/30 recommendations. You could always add an on-camera LED lamp, because if you were thinking real low-light, then you should dismiss the DVX and get the VX2100.

But all that 4:3 SD stuff has had its day. You can shoot HDV in the little HV Canon, downconvert for your editing and DVD making, yet have all the masters on the shelf in HD and all the films on your TV in 16:9.

The HV will replay all your old tapes just fine and there's just time to sell your 4:3 kit - go to it.

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Old January 28th, 2008, 07:43 AM   #7
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I bought the TRV950 cause it was newer. But the TRV900 was better in low light so I bought that one second.
I did not know enough about the models.

Instead of the HV20 or HV30 what about the XH A1?
Is the low light better on that camera compared to the GL2?
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Old January 28th, 2008, 08:59 AM   #8
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XH-A1 every time if you like having full manual control over ND filters, shutter speeds, apertures, focus and w/bal. All with easy to get at switches.

Can't tell you if the XH-A1 will match the GL2, but it has bigger 1"3 chips so even if they're HD and have tiny pixels, I'd guess it would be the equal of the GL. And it's a much newer camera of course, so tha gain-up amps should be a lot quieter - meaning you can go to +12 dB without wincing at the grain.

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Old January 28th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #9
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IF You can Go For The XH_A1 I would hardily recomend it, if you are comfortable with your GL2 , you will love the A1 the DVX100 is a great camera but still SD. Haveing used all 3 I would look seriously at the A1 as an upgrade. Even 16X9 SD off the A1 Looks very nice indeed.
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