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Old February 11th, 2018, 10:34 AM   #1
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Viewer screen of Panasonic HC-X1 vs. Sony PXW-Z150

Hi. Could anyone there comment about the quality of the viewing screens on each of these cameras.

I have a Panasonic GH4 and love many things about the camera but I find its viewing screen virtually unusable in daylight conditions. I know screens can be made that are not so impossibly reflective. For example my old Canon XH-A1 HDV camera has a viewer that is amazing in sunny conditions, no reflection to mention. (I've thought that maybe it's the touch-screen nature of the GH4's screen that is the cause of its problem.) I've also read that the viewing screen on the larger "red" Panasonic AG-DVX200 full-sized 4K video camera that has the same 4/3 sensor as the GH4 and 5 has the same problem with reflectivity.

So is that a problem with the HC-X1? Does the Sony PXW-Z150 deal with daytime light reflectivity any better? Is there a different 4K full-sized video camera that has solved this poroblem? I know there is always the option of the eye-piece viewer but I much prefer composing shots on a viewer screen.

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Old February 11th, 2018, 11:12 PM   #2
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Re: Viewer screen of Panasonic HC-X1 vs. Sony PXW-Z150

It is reflective in sunlight, I live in sunny Thailand! I use the viewfinder most of the time outside but sometimes I fit a hood which works well. The problem then is you can't fold the screen away quickly. I had a Sony X70 and that screen was better but the camera was too small and fiddly, always having to go into the menu. So it's a trade off.
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Old February 12th, 2018, 04:27 PM   #3
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Thanks.
Looks like your experience is much the same as mine.
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Old February 12th, 2018, 04:36 PM   #4
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Re: Viewer screen of Panasonic HC-X1 vs. Sony PXW-Z150

The HC-X1 screen is very reflective, but using peaking and zebras helps a lot. The viewfinder on the HC-X1 is stunning, it's oled, no pixels, it's like a 4k tv in front of one eyeball.

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Old February 13th, 2018, 07:01 PM   #5
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I have a small Sony monitor that if there is time, I'll use outdoors but mostly used indoors
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Old June 8th, 2018, 10:36 AM   #6
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Re: Viewer screen of Panasonic HC-X1 vs. Sony PXW-Z150

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The HC-X1 screen is very reflective, but using peaking and zebras helps a lot. The viewfinder on the HC-X1 is stunning, it's oled, no pixels, it's like a 4k tv in front of one eyeball.

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maybe some anti-glare film could help here?
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