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Old June 24th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #1
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JVC GY-DV5100u

Anyone have any experience with this camcorder? I'm interested in finding out if the electronic anamorphic squeeze this camcorder uses to get widescreen degrades the overall image quality such that it is visable to the naked eye. I like the fact that it has 1/2 inch chips and from the video on the jvc site this camera provides great image control. I have this camcorder's little bro, the jvc gy-dv300u aka streamcorder. It gives me way better footage than my Canon XL-1S does. That's why I'm looking the the DV5100 now. If the dv300u gives me sharp footage then the dv5100u must be better. B&H has this camera packaged with viewfinder and lens for just over 6 grand. The only other 1/2 inch camera under 10 grand is the ex1 and soon ex3. Downside for me with those sony cams is SxS cards.
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Old June 24th, 2008, 02:00 PM   #2
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I used to own a 5000-big differences were, 2 XLR inputs not 3 and the DSP on the 5100 was/is a lot better than the 5000. Also I think the 5100 has the 116 viewfinder standard instead of the 115 which I hated.

Anyway, when you shoot it in 16:9 it's not terrible but of course it's not 'real' 16:9 but I did use it sometimes and never heard any complaints. How much it degrades the image? Well I never really noticed it so either it wasn't too bad or I just didn't care but I don't remember it being bad.

I loved my 5000, I wish I could have upped the DSP to the 5100 firmware.
Also though if the camera comes with the Canon 16X and you should ever happen to try the Canon 19X you'll regret not having the 19 at least in my opinion. The 19 is sharper faster and IMO overall a far better lens.
I loved the camera but could never really get it to match up with my Sony's so after a couple of years I let it go. Oh well.

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