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Old September 28th, 2004, 02:15 PM   #1
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GS400 vs JVC GY-DV5000

Hello everyone,

I own a JVC GY-DV5000 with a Fujinon s20x6.4brm-sd lense. I have ordered a GS400 japanese version from japan. I am interested to know what is the difference between these two. I can tell easily that gs400 can't switch to use standard lense. And gy-dv5000 is a big camera, with everything weighs around 7kg.

And gs400's focal lenth is wider than fujinon lense which is 6.4mm.

Of course the reason I buy gs400 is not to replace gy-dv5000 obviously. Just for backup purpose.

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Old October 1st, 2004, 04:01 PM   #2
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well thier is going to be the obvious things....lowlight will be alot better on the DV5000, more manuel controlls.

at work we have 3 DV500's and a GL2 the GL2 is great for something easy to grab and shoot but its not even close to the quality of our DV500's.

we normally use the GL2 in situations where the DV500's are to bulky, last week we used it to shoot off the back of a quad while we were shooting a triathalon (try doing that with a big cam on your shoulder), we've also used it on our "cops" style show which benefits from the smaller camera, but were looking to get a DV30 for this show because of the amount of night shooting were getting into and infared would come in handy.
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Old October 2nd, 2004, 10:16 AM   #3
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Is the DV500 presently in production or was superseded by the DV5000?

How do other better cameras perform, like the Sony PD170 or Panasonic DVX100, when compared to the DV500?

It's probably not too fair to compare smaller CCD cameras like the GL2 with the larger ones. Though a comparison between the GL2 and the DV30 might be interesting.

One thing I find worrisome on JVC products is reliability. How did those DV500 behaved in that area and since when do you have them?


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Old October 2nd, 2004, 02:15 PM   #4
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First compare

Difference:

1) Different way to turn on/off the camera
2) Different way to put minidv tape.
3) GS400 has a nice big lcd screen and tiny viewfinder.
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Old October 2nd, 2004, 07:23 PM   #5
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I am interested to know what is the difference between these two.
1) The GS400 has 3, 1/4.7" CCDs; the DV5000 has 3, 1/2" CCDs.
2) The DV5000 is big; the GS400 is not.
3) You can change lenses on the DV5000; with the GS400 you can't.
4) The DV5000 has a lot of manual controls for fine tuning.
5) The DV5000 is a pro cam; the GS400 is not---even though you might have bought the K-K version (black). :-))
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 04:27 PM   #6
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<<<-- Originally posted by Frank Granovski :even though you might have bought the K-K version (black). :-)) -->>>

May I ask what is the K-K version? A special edition of gs400?

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Old October 3rd, 2004, 04:52 PM   #7
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NV-GS400K = silver version
NV-GS400K-K = black version

At least this is what I recall with the NV-GS100 versions.
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 05:12 PM   #8
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<<<-- Originally posted by Frank Granovski : NV-GS400K = silver version
NV-GS400K-K = black version

At least this is what I recall with the NV-GS100 versions. -->>>

Oh, I see. It seems that I got a NV-GS400K-K = black version.

Is black version any better than silver version? I thought that black will reflect less light compare to other color.
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 06:23 PM   #9
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The black version will heat up faster when shooting in sunny conditions, but the shooter will look like a pro. :-))
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 08:28 PM   #10
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<<<-- Originally posted by Frank Granovski : The black version will heat up faster when shooting in sunny conditions -->>>

I don't understand what you said.

Does that mean black version will absorb more energy as the paint color is black in the sun? Or black version has less powerful mechanism to release heat generate from inside the camera compare to silver model?
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 08:31 PM   #11
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Black absorbs the heat from the sun.
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 09:12 PM   #12
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What about use a sun umbrella?
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 10:46 PM   #13
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Oh, hmm... so it was not too bad that I got a silver model here in hot Taiwan! ;) Anyway, the "PRO look" also depends on the size of the cam IMHO - the small GS400 will never look real "PRO".

<<<-- Originally posted by Leigh Wanstead : What about use a sun umbrella? -->>>

won't work for me, as it would probably fly away when shooting while riding on my scooter! :P
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Old October 4th, 2004, 11:24 PM   #14
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Leigh, when you receive your GS400, I hope you'll test it against your DV5000 and let us know how they compare. I think you'll have an excellent small back-up camera.
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Old October 5th, 2004, 05:00 PM   #15
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I really like my Fujionon s20 x 6.4brm-sd lense. It offer me zoom ring and focus ring separately and they are big too. I don't need to click a switch to use the ring like gs400. The Fujionon lense is so easy to manipulate.
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