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Old April 30th, 2007, 09:05 PM   #16
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So, I guess my question is this: How is the SD footage on the FX-1? Is it decent? Or is it so bad that I should just use this camcorder for HDV only?
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Old April 30th, 2007, 09:14 PM   #17
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Even if it’s attached to the camcorder it’s still extra stuff that you have to carry with you.
I mean do you really want to add around an extra pound to the camcorder that you could have saved if you’ve gotten the XH-A1? To a lot of people these camcorders are heavy enough as is. Not to mention that using a beachtek rather than hooking up the XLR microphones straight to the camcorder won't sound as good. Also would you really want 2 microphones going into the same channel? You wouldn’t be able to fix the audio of one of the microphones in post if it was too high or low.

The FX1 cost 3,000 at B&H. The Beachtek DXA-FX is made specifically for the FX1 and it cost 310 dollars for a total of around 3,310 dollars all together. The XH-A1 is 3,250. You save 60 bucks for a camcorder that’s a whole lot better. There are cheaper Beachtek boxes but they aren’t as good as the DXA-FX.

Sorry that I had to mention the XH-A1 in this thread but I really believe you’ll be better off with the XH-A1 even if you can find an FX1 for a lot cheaper.

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Old April 30th, 2007, 09:20 PM   #18
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So, I guess my question is this: How is the SD footage on the FX-1? Is it decent? Or is it so bad that I should just use this camcorder for HDV only?
I didn’t see this post when I wrote my previous post.


Even though I have used a Z1u, I can’t really answer this because the FX1’s imagers are worse. It’s very subjective, some people may like the look of the FX1 compared to the 100b and vise-versa.

By the way, how much did you find the FX1 for?
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Old April 30th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #19
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I actually don't own one yet, but I do have one cornered for $2300 with only 10 hours or so.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 11:05 PM   #20
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"Even though I have used a Z1u, I canít really answer this because the FX1ís imagers are worse."

They are the same chips. The Z1 and FX1 are sisters with the Z1 having more options and XLR inputs, but the lens, chips, LCD monitor, and deck are the same.

The FX1 is fine in DV mode, but there is almost no reason to ever shoot DV. The camera can down-convert HDV on-the-fly to SD. Shoot in HDV and downconvert. The downconverted footage looks better than most SD footage and the option for HD remains. The best SD footage comes from editing HDV and downconverting for the web of DVD as the very last step. It really looks quite good. Some footage I shot, but did not edit, almost fooled me when I watched it on the computer. I had to double-check the file to make sure it was an SD file.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 07:43 PM   #21
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I actually don't own one yet, but I do have one cornered for $2300 with only 10 hours or so.
OK, that’s a pretty good price for the FX1 even though it’s been used for several hours.

If you’re really trying to get an FX1 then you could have also considered the FX7. It has a much greater zoom, much better picture with good lighting and to my knowledge; it has much more features than the FX1 including an HDMI output. The only drawback is that if you’re shooting in a place with very little lighting, the FX1 would be a bit better because of the bigger imagers. The price is 2,600 at B&H. It’s also about 25% lighter than the FX1.
If it was me choosing between the FX1 and the FX7, it would definitely be the FX7.
Still, you couldn’t go wrong with the 2,300 dollar price of the FX1 that you’re offered. Hopefully that camcorder is still under the warranty.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 07:45 PM   #22
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"Even though I have used a Z1u, I canít really answer this because the FX1ís imagers are worse."

They are the same chips. The Z1 and FX1 are sisters with the Z1 having more options and XLR inputs, but the lens, chips, LCD monitor, and deck are the same.
I earnestly donít know why I wrote that.
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