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Old February 5th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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Sony or Panasonic ?

I was about to pull the trigger for an Sony EX-3 with Nanoflash or KiPro mini,
( for croma key) then I saw some reviews for the Panasonic AG-HPX370 now
I donít know. Yes I know the Panasonic has 1/3rd sensors but it looks like ,
from the reviews, that it equals the EX-3 in low light, noise and especially skew.
The Panasonic has 4:2:2 and AVC-Intra 100 so you eliminate the Nanoflash
or KiPro, also right now they have a $2000 rebate. I have always had Sony but am willing to change, I donít have any experience with Panasonic equipment. I film weddings, sports and corporate work. Edit with FCP.
Any thoughts?
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Old February 5th, 2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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EX3, EX1r, HPX370, XF300?

Scott,
The consensus is that 4:2:2 encoding and high bit-rate results in better quality Chroma-Keying. And a shoulder-mount design like the HPX370 would probably work better for weddings. With the Panasonic, you won't need the awkwardness of attaching a recorder, external monitor, and maybe additional batteries. Another camcorder to consider would be the Canon XF300 (or XF305). It has 4:2:2 encoding, and records at 50 Mb/s. Not quite as high bandwidth as Panasonic's 100 Mb/s, but still darn good. Of course, it does not have interchangable lenses, but do you really need that?

Just my 2 cents,
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Old February 5th, 2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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Thanks Ken, I thought I had this all figured out, I have always bought Sony so I guess
I have some brand loyalty. I would like to stay with Sony but if I can find a system that
works as well and has less peripherals to deal with then it would be silly to stay with
something just because..... I guess I need to rethink, Canon, JVC, maybe wait until
NAB but then the rebates expire.Hmmm.... maybe they are trying to tell me something.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 10:56 PM   #4
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Light sensitivity

Something I forgot to mention.....
The Sony EX1R and EX3 have 1/2 inch sensors, which should allow slightly better low-light performance than the other models I mentioned, which have 1/3 inch sensors. I've never done weddings, but those who have tell me that wedding receptions often have very low light levels.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #5
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Ken, the only thing you can count one at weddings is low light. Most
people ( brides ) donít mind a on camera light. The low light was one
of the main reasons for going with the EX3 but the tests I read said
the Panasonic had the same or very close low light capabilities as
the Sony with lower noise. Sound to good to be true. I need someone
with real world experience with both cameras, I know thatís a lot to ask
but if anyplace would have it itís Dvinfo.
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