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Old April 4th, 2006, 09:09 PM   #1
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Is the GS400 right for me? Other options?

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Thank for being a part of this forum, there is a wealth of info here. I've been able to to learn a lot.

I'm working with a small team to shoot an indoor how-to documentary.

I've chosen the GS400 as the ideal camera because it matched our requirements of having:
3-ccd's
good 16:9
good value

Unforuntaly, the GS400 is a tad rare now. Considering our needs for solid 16:9, what other Cameras should I look at?

Thank you,
Tyler
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Old April 4th, 2006, 09:42 PM   #2
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You might want to look into some lighting if you are going to shoot indoors. It will make a big difference.
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Old April 4th, 2006, 09:46 PM   #3
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Definatly, we'll be using lighting equipment and setting up our shots.
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Old April 4th, 2006, 09:56 PM   #4
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Definatly, we'll be using lighting equipment and setting up our shots.
We will be using manual aperature and the gs400 was perfect in this regard with the control ring. I see the GS500 has manual aperature via touchscreen.
Has anybody used the gs500 and manual aperature, opinions?
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Old April 4th, 2006, 10:07 PM   #5
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The GS400 is pretty sweet -- I love mine -- but lowlight was a pain. But for the price, there aren't any really good low light cameras around. I would also suggest looking at the PDX-10. It has a good 16:9 and is 3-CCD. However, the reason I chose the GS400 over the PDX-10 is because it had frame mode, and the PDX-10 does not.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 07:56 PM   #6
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Wow thanks, the PDX10 is certainly an option.

I see that on the PDX10 manual iris is configured it via menu, same as on the GS500.
I also notice that the CCD's are smaller to the GS500. I'd imagine the GS500 would have better exposure abilities and less noise then the PDX10.

The question then arises, if I can't get a GS400, do I want a GS500 or a PDX10?
The XLR on the PDX10 isn't necessary (though it is nice) as we could record audio onto a separate device.

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Old April 6th, 2006, 08:30 PM   #7
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They're selling the GS500 at newegg.com for $750 right now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16830180053

not as many external controls but basically the same with no headphone jack, but it does have a true 19X9 lcd.
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