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Old August 5th, 2009, 04:07 AM   #1
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Are the HMC150 and HVX200 fairly similar?

As in image quality, feature set, spec of lens, noise etc?

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Old August 5th, 2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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Are you talking about the original HVX200, or the HVX200A?

The HMC150 and HVX200A share the same chipset, and accordingly they produce comparable-looking images with comparable resolution and comparable noise characteristics. Either of them will produce substantially less noise than the original HVX200.

The 200/200A have many features the 150 doesn't have, and the 150 has many features that the 200/200A don't have.

The 200/200A offer intraframe recording to 4:2:2 DVCPRO-HD, whereas the 150 records interframe long-GoP recording to 4:2:0 AVCHD.

The 200/200A offer time lapse/interval recording, variable frame rates, standard-definition recording, and DV tape recording. The HMC150 has none of those.

The 150 has Dynamic Range Stretching, an in-camera waveform monitor and vectorscope, and variable bitrate recording (from 6mbps up to 24mbps). The 200/200A can't do those.

The 150 is a much smaller form factor and very much lighter; it is ergonomically superior to the 200/200A.

The 200/200A has a slightly more telephoto lens; 4.2-55mm, vs. the 150's slightly more wide angle lens, 3.9-51mm.
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