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Old July 1st, 2014, 12:22 PM   #1
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upgrade from canon xa20 to sony

XA20 BEEN pretty good a few short comings but ok
Been looking at sony's nx3 nx5 pmw 150
what's the nest step up so have most the controls on the side of the camera and on the len's with better picture quality have about 2.3 plus sale of my XA20
or even amazing 2nd hand

I do concerts open air and indoor so soom is very important

Thanks all for reading my first post... (UK)
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Old July 1st, 2014, 12:35 PM   #2
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Re: upgrade from canon xa20 to sony

I have both an XA20 and NX5.

I got the XA20 specifically to supplement my NX5 as a backup, because at the time the XA20 was the only "small" camera with a 20x zoom.

Now, the new Canon XF200 has a 20x zoom. I would upgrade to that if I were you.

The NX5 is getting older (still great) but it's a good bit bigger.

I'm tempted to get an XF200, to supplement my friends' 2 XF300s.

But I also want a Canon C100 as well and a Nikon D810. LOL

Don't know what I'm going to do.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 12:57 PM   #3
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Do you own any lenses at all? Canon / Nikon? It's always good to have a camera you can swap lenses on... camcorders are great for lots of situations, but the new Sony A7s shoots in the dark.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 01:04 PM   #4
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Yeah, I have some nice Nikon glass, shooting with a Nikon D90 now that's 5 years old:

Tokina 11-16 F2.8
Nikon 17-55 F2.8
Nikon 70-200 F2.8 VR2

I also use those on my Nikon V1 with an FT1 adapter which shoots amazing HD video, but ergonically is lackluster control wise. I do a lot of wedding work with that V1 because it is so awesome. I figure the D810 would make a nice upgrade to my both my D90 and V1 - kind of a 2 in 1 deal, because I do some photography as well.

I think I'd prefer the C100 in terms of overall functionality. I like the idea of the XLR inputs and all the buttons on it. I could get an adapter to use my Nikon Lenses on it.

The XF200 would make a good camera too with that 20x zoom on there, which is pretty important for when I'm shooting events and have to stay in the back.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 02:35 PM   #5
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Can't find that much info on the canon xf 200
Just looking for a better shaper picture with more control but would love to have 50x optical as well.
every review i see now says go for a sony
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Old July 1st, 2014, 03:52 PM   #6
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Terry,

The xf200/205 are brand new from Canon. In fact they have have not begun to ship yet. End of July is what I've heard.

I'll be into one of those.

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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:32 PM   #7
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I was wondering if a Sony nx5 e/u would be a step up or down
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 06:31 PM   #8
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Re: upgrade from canon xa20 to sony

Forget the Sony NX5, it has a newer sibling the Sony NX3. It's cheaper, newer - better, has feature likes wi-fi , 1080 50P, and a built-in light. Also has a feature called Clear Image Zoom (giving you 40x), a clever digital zoom that has been getting good reviews.

You won't ever get 50x optical zoom, this is the closest you will get.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 03:40 AM   #9
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nx3 may suit my situation now off to view reviews
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 05:04 PM   #10
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I would go with the XA200/205. Much better controls and better MXF recording capabilities. It will be coming out late July early August. I have played around with a preproduction unit. B&H has a video with a top Canon person discussing the cameras details.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 05:54 AM   #11
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what im looking for is better picture quality a good step up from the canon.
Don't matter about fancy extras as its just put on a stand then forgot about for a few hours as i run around like a madman with my B camera.....
also tried putting up for sale here but says i don't have permissions
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