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Old February 13th, 2006, 12:30 PM   #1036
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Thanks for the replies

For the time being I plan to shoot events....weddings, classes, workshops and such. In some of the workshops I will be shooting I plan to do a fair amount of close up work. I am encouraged to hear that the XL2 has good reports with low lighting situations. While money is a consideration, I definitely want a camera that I can grow into.
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Old February 13th, 2006, 01:46 PM   #1037
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For events and weddings, go with the Sony, because of it's low light performance.
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Old February 13th, 2006, 01:54 PM   #1038
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Which Camera

Haven't used the Canon, but the Sony PD-170 is really bulletproof. Great in low light, easy to manage, and extremely reliable. For what you are doing, it will be a very good choice.
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Old February 28th, 2006, 10:20 PM   #1039
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New Camera

All right, I'm a bit conflicted right now. I want to buy a new camera, but I'm not sure what to get. Between these two cameras, which would be a better buy:

Panasonic DVX100A: Has the benefit of 24p. 1/3" image sensors.

or

JVC DV5000U: No progressive. Not native widescreen (neither is DVX100). Has 1/2" image sensors. Looks more "professional".

I know a lot of you will ask what I'm using it for specifically. I would have to say that I would use it mostly for experimental short films. I would also like to pick up some freelance work on the side for extra income.

Any suggestions?

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Old February 28th, 2006, 10:26 PM   #1040
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Even though I have an Xl2, I would suggest the DVX100A in your case. I've used the JVC and have never been impressed with it. The DVX is a great camera. You'll love the 24p.
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Old February 28th, 2006, 10:50 PM   #1041
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The JVC is in a higher price class than the DVX100 (or the XL2 for that matter). I've never actually used it, but larger sensors generally have better low light performace. You'll also need to consider the cost of a lens and tapes which will cost more than they would for a miniDV camera.
I've used both the DVX100 and the XL2 and I think they're both awesome cameras - the DVX100 for its compact size and excellent manual lens, and the XL2 for real 16:9 and unmatched telephoto reach. Pick the camera that suits your needs better, image quality between these 2 cameras is very similar. Like I mentioned, if the JVC is still an option, I think it would be better because of the larger sensors.
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Old February 28th, 2006, 11:00 PM   #1042
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The thing with the JVC is, I found a used (it was used as a presentation model) camera for a pretty decent price, and it comes with a 14x lens. And yeah, the 1/2" sensors really appealed to me. Also, about the tapes, this particular model accepts both standard DV and miniDV. And, I was looking at some of the tech specs, it looks like the JVC offers 800 lines of horizontal resolution compared to the 500 lines that the DVX offers. It just seems that the JVC model is in an entirely different league than the DVX. All the reviews I've read on the DV5000 have been entirely positive.

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Old March 1st, 2006, 12:12 AM   #1043
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To the best of my knowledge, the DV5000 is basically in the next league up from a DVX100. You wouldn't get progressive shooting, image stabilization or auto focus from the JVC, but you should get a higher quality image (1/2" CCDs, options for much better lenses, and probably quite a few more manual control options for image acquisition).
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Old March 1st, 2006, 12:19 AM   #1044
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I thought the JVC does shoot progressive?

I'm using one currently at my university and we have to edit and export using progressive settings.

Correct me if I'm wrong? But other than that, the JVC's are nice, a little heavy after a while but overall good image. You can see some of the video of it at www.aggieblvd.net/videos/TheParty.wmv

All shot with the JVC (and compressed).
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Old March 1st, 2006, 01:23 AM   #1045
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The DV5000 is a real straight forward, high quality, SD 4:3 60i camera. The HD100 shoots progressive (HDV).
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Old March 5th, 2006, 05:49 PM   #1046
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what camcorder do you advise me to buy.....

i am looking for a cam under $2000 that is both great for shooting a movie, and also great for shooting at night. The AG-DVX-100 and the Sony VX2000/2100 arwe the ones im considering...
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Old March 6th, 2006, 07:57 AM   #1047
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Backpacking Europe. $4000-6000 CAD for camera. What to get?

Hello Everyone, Thanks in advance for your advice on this subject.

I'm leaving for London on April 24 for a 4 month backpacking trip around Europe. When I get back I hope that I'll be accepted into the Film and TV - Broadcast program at BCIT in Vancouver, BC.

I'm basically at a loss of what video camera I should get. When I was going to purchase a prosumer DV camera a couple years ago there weren't as many models out there and things seem much more complex now!

I've been looking at the Sony HDR-FX1 for the fact that it's HD, but I haven't been keeping up with other HDV models so maybe there's something better? I have a 27" WS LCD so I've learned the joys of HD content.

But then there's the option of buying an SD camera that does good WS footage... Like a Panasonic dvx100?

Or I just buy some $400-1000 consumer DV camera and use that and save the money for a better HDV camera down the road when I'm at school.

Like I said, I don't really know what to get and time is running out to get the camera into my hands! I really like the idea of shooting my travels in HD, but if the quality is bad( for the cameras in budget range ) I guess I could settle for something else and save some money. I live in a remote community right now so there really isn't an option to play with any video cameras in the $1500-6000 range....

Thanks again for your help!
-Paul Alberts

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Old March 6th, 2006, 11:04 AM   #1048
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Hey Paul, good to see another B.C'er wanting to get into film production. My 2 cents would be for you to purchase a smaller consumer camera, something that u can easily carry around Europe, ESPECIALLY if you're backpacking.. you wouldn't want a bulky cam nor would u want something that's THAT expensive in your backpack, believe you me.

Whether HD or SD, if you have compelling enough footage from your backpacking travels, the format wouldn't matter.. sounds like a fun time so i reckon any small SD consumer cam would suffice.. maybe if you have the coin to spare, get one of those 3 CCD panasonic models- otherwise i'd save my $ and get the SOny HD or the Panny HD down the road.

Either way, have fun and looking forward to seeing yer footage.

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Old March 6th, 2006, 02:53 PM   #1049
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Paul,

If compact is what you want, and would like high def, check out Sony's new compact HD camcorder HDR-HC1. I saw it at Circuit City and was blown away by its form factor and size. Don't know much about its performance, but it's worth a look:

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...ycam_Camcorder

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Old March 6th, 2006, 03:12 PM   #1050
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Ditto what Kevin said about the HC1, or the more professional A1U. Most DV cameras can't shoot true widescreen video, and they obviously don't offer the opportunity to produce HD output. With HDV you can shoot one format and deliver your choice of HD, widescreen SD or 4x3 SD output, and have it look good in all of those outputs. Start with something like an HC1 and you can add an FX1 or better later to have a two-camera HD setup; buy a DV camera and you're stuck 50 years in the past.
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