Go Back   DV Info Net > Panasonic P2HD / AVCCAM / AVCHD / DV Camera Systems > Panasonic AVCCAM Camcorders

Panasonic AVCCAM Camcorders
AVCHD for pro applications: AG-HMC40, AG-HMC150 and other AVCCAM gear.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old June 23rd, 2013, 10:34 AM   #1
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 146
AC-90 and Canon XF100, Up Close and Personal

Hey all,

Yesterday, I had a chance to check out a camera shop in Toronto that sells video cameras and related equipment.

I took a look at a Panasonic AG-AC90 and a Canon XF100. I was surprised at how big the Panasonic is - it's quite physically substantial for a low-end prosumer camera. By comparison, the Canon seemed positively tiny. When I commented on the size, the sales guy behind the counter said, "Well, Panasonic likes to build 'em big."

From an ergonomic standpoint, the Panasonic didn't fit my hand really well, but I suppose I could adapt to it, given time. I found that using a two-handed grip made holding the camera a lot easier, and with the excellent optical stabilizer activated, I felt quite confident that the Panasonic would be an excellent tool for event videography. Something else that I liked was the viewfinder. It was large, bright, and to my eyes, very clear.

Now on to the Canon. I have small hands, and I was surprised at how cramped the control layout was. The grip strap also didn't allow me to tighten it down sufficiently to keep the camera firmly glued to my hand. In short, the camera didn't fit my hand well. Build quality seemed a bit lacking, and I found the Panasonic to be better built - surprising considering that many consider the build quality of the AC90 to be worse.

The one thing I really disliked about the Canon was the tiny, low-res viewfinder. It was dimmer than the AC90's viewfinder, and the tiny data text was hard to read on such a small screen. Really, the viewfinder was bad enough that I was beginning to think that it was a bit scandalous for Canon to market such a camera, aimed mainly at pros/semi-pros, but still demand almost $2500.00 for it. Sure, the 4:2:2 codec and use of CF cards as recording media is a drawing card, but still... don't get me wrong, I like Canon products. Most of the time, they offer pretty solid value.

In addition to that codec, the Canon has an advantage over the Panasonic - better image quality.

Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to stick an SD card in the AC90 and shoot a short test video.

I also wanted to take a look at an AG-AC130 but also didn't have enough time for that. I did have a quick look at a Sony NX70, it fit my hand better, but I found the hard-to-regulate zoom rocker switch and the rather dim viewfinder made it a tad pricy piece of kit at $2800CDN.
Steve Struthers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 24th, 2013, 06:30 AM   #2
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 1,861
Re: AC-90 and Canon XF100, Up Close and Personal

The AC90 has a1080/60p mode and higher resolution than the XF100.
Tom Roper is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Panasonic P2HD / AVCCAM / AVCHD / DV Camera Systems > Panasonic AVCCAM Camcorders

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 




Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:23 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2014 The Digital Video Information Network