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Old October 10th, 2008, 05:12 PM   #16
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Roger - ditto.

Currently using the Canon Vixia HF 100 because of NLE - so easy on m Mac. The Vixia is too small / screen controls / slow auto focus.

Need to buy an entry level professional and am really trying to learn if Jeff has run into any show stoppers on the 150. I shoot Canon DSLR for still photography and love the results and build quality.

NLE is important but NOT if the 150 has issues - image quality, ergonomics, build quality.....

Jeff is in a unique position having both of the units I am so interested in.
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Old October 10th, 2008, 09:30 PM   #17
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Jeff - your pixel peeping comments resonate loudly for many of us.

Here is the scenario - you lose both cameras and can have only one - I show up with brand new sealed units - the 150 and the A1 - you can only have one of them for the next year.

Which do you want?
I would take the HMC150 for sure. When you combine tapeless and better image quality, it's just a step up from the A1.

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Need to buy an entry level professional and am really trying to learn if Jeff has run into any show stoppers on the 150. I shoot Canon DSLR for still photography and love the results and build quality.

NLE is important but NOT if the 150 has issues - image quality, ergonomics, build quality.....
1. No show stoppers or problems at all yet except learning Panasonic controls. Before I updated Vegas to 8.0c, I had editing problems, none now.

2. I shoot Canon DSLRs too and really like Canon. The A1 functions like any canon camera where you turn a dial and get A, Tv, Av, M, etc. Unfortunately, no other pro video cameras use that convention.

3. The Canon has a little more detailed appearance to it and has a much greater depth of controls. Most of them are of little use, but more is better right? Example; the Canon has brightness, contrast, color, sharpness and 2 backlight settings for both the EVF and LCD. The Panasonic has 3 backlight settings for each.

4. Both seem equally tough and well built. The HMC150 dosen't have a tape transport mechanism or heads to get dirty.

5. The HMC150 leans more to the pro side than the A1 because the auto mode is a little less auto. You can set the parameters the camera uses for auto such as iris level, gain, etc.
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Old October 10th, 2008, 09:59 PM   #18
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Great - that is the way I've been leaning. We have been fixated with SONY tv for so many years - would not even look at much else. When our latest XBR started going on the blink after 4 years I decided to scope out other brands and LOVED the Panasonic 1080 flat panel.

Brand loyalty can start to get in the way of good decision making.

BTW - I'm from VB (many years ago) - we lived just across from Little Creek Amphibious Base off Shore Drive. I was active in the very early surfing years at the steel pier and loved to surf Dam Neck in the early morning hours.

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Old October 10th, 2008, 10:13 PM   #19
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BTW - I'm from VB (many years ago) - we lived just across from Little Creek Amphibious Base off Shore Drive. I was active in the very early surfing years at the steel pier and loved to surf Dam Neck in the early morning hours.

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Well...now Im going to have to post some of the HMC150 surfing shots I took last week at the oceanfront break next to the inlet. Im off Shore Drive near Chicks Beach.
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Old October 10th, 2008, 11:29 PM   #20
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Well...now Im going to have to post some of the HMC150 surfing shots I took last week at the oceanfront break next to the inlet. Im off Shore Drive near Chicks Beach.
OMG - would you believe that I was on the construction crew that built the Lynnhaven Bridge!!! I life guarded at the Officers Beach at Little Creek and have been to Chicks many times. Also - what was that lil She Crab spot - Charly's??

I'll enjoy seeing the clips - and plan on getting the 150 ordered shortly.

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