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Old October 4th, 2016, 08:04 PM   #1
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Help chosing a camcorder please.

I am looking at a new camcorder within my budget. I am really looking hard between 3 models.
JVC GY-HM170UA
Panasonic AG-AC30
JVC GY-HM200U
If you know the price of these you will see they are very close in price at B&H with the HM170 being the cheapest right now. Does anyone have any experience with these. I know the Panasonic is a brand new model but I have 2 AG-AC90 camcorders and love them. Anyone care to comment? Thanks.
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Old October 11th, 2016, 02:06 AM   #2
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Re: Help chosing a camcorder please.

Th AG AC30 has good two reviews at B&H.

I saw elsewhere the following "Unfortunately there arenít any internal ND filters"

Best you check this out and if true, if you plan to do a lot of out of doors recordings, do the required research.

I have not looked at the AC30 but I have the AC160 which does not have some of the features of the AC30 and cost me close to $4K (back in 2012)
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Old October 11th, 2016, 11:52 AM   #3
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Another to throw in at this price range Sony pxw x70
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Old October 11th, 2016, 06:57 PM   #4
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Re: Help chosing a camcorder please.

I have been a Panasonic fan for the past 25 years so I'm biased... love the colour and sharpness of the Leica optics especially. The only cameras that disappointed me were the AC-130's which had terrible issues and build quality which is when I switched to Sony for a year or so ..loved the Sony technology but never liked the end result sadly. You either like the Sony Look or not. I like the Panasonic look. Shooting on FZ1000's ATM which are stunning but of course not camcorders. If you want a conventional camcorder I would still look at the AC-30 first, especially since you already have AC-90's

It a bit like choosing a car ...you have your preferred brands!
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Old October 12th, 2016, 01:55 AM   #5
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Re: Help chosing a camcorder please.

How about this one?
Sony HXR-NX100
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Old October 24th, 2016, 03:49 PM   #6
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Re: Help chosing a camcorder please.

I got the AC30 and like many things about it but one. The video. It is soft. Too soft. It lacks punch and detail to me. I need a camcorder also that outputs at 720 60p and this does not. I am going to send it back. Does anyone have a AG-AC90 or AC90A for sale? I really like that or does anyone have a professional or prosumer camcorder or know of one for sale that has 720 60p output.
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Old October 27th, 2016, 11:10 AM   #7
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I contacted B&H today and got a return RMA. I now need to find a camcorder that I like. I know I like the AC90 and wonder if there is anyone out there that has one to sell. I have checked on eBay and some of those people are nuts. For some reason they think they can sell them for over 2k. At the end of their life they were under $1500. I will buy a whole different brand new camera for more than that if I have to. I looked at the features of the Sony X70 and it really seems to have a lot of the record and HDMI out settings that the Panny AC30 did not. If I looked at it right it has a 720 60p output for HDMI out or did I see that wrong?
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