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Old May 11th, 2005, 01:59 AM   #1
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Canon XL2 versus Panasonic AGDVX100A

I know that there are discussions about both of these cams here, but I could use, really could use some advice. i want to upgrade my production value and know that either cam will do that, but I wonder which has the most breadth as to controlling imagery, which is really the most creative, has the most potential that way. I do very imaginative work, narratives and some multimedia works that include video and fine art. My work is shown at fests, universities, galleries, tv, etc...in upgrading I want to pick one of these two and could use any insights you might have...I would greatly appreciate them!! It's a hard choice. I wonder which has the most options and variety in terms of controlling and creating scenes, etc?
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Old May 11th, 2005, 06:40 AM   #2
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Difficult question. If adjusting the image is an important factor, especially cine-gamma coloring, then the DVX100A will win. The XL2 makes it possible to use different lenses (which ofcourse means extra costs) so you are able to do more optical tricks. The XL2 offers better widescreen quality then the DVX100A. The XL2 is a machine in which Canon copied a lot of functions from the popular Panasonic DVX100(A). The DVX100(A) is a winner on the indie lowbudget filmmaking level: the first affordable true progressive camera with cinegamma features. I think the DVX100A is cheaper in the USA then the XL2.

The XL2 is a big camera you have to put on your shoulder which hasn't a flip out LCD to monitor your footage. Some people don't mind about that, others do.

If I read your post, I think the DVX100A offers the best for you for the best price. You won't be sorry. I work with the DVX100 and still love this camera for my short movie projects.
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Old May 11th, 2005, 06:53 AM   #3
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What you really need to do is sit down and list the features of each cam. Anything less is a disservice to the importance of your choice. List Sony & JVC too, just for a better picture. Its not hard if you write it down, and it will become obvious which one is best for you.
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Also, go to a camera shop and get hands-on experience with both cameras. See which one you like better. What I like may not be what you like in a camera.
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