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Old May 5th, 2018, 08:59 PM   #1
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Panasonic HC-X1 vs FZ2500

Hi. I've been using the Panasonic FZ2500 for the last six months. Very happy with it as a run and gun video camera. Great for unobtrusive crowd work too. I do a lot of full zoom video work on tripod, however, and while the FZ2500 is an improvement on my old Canon XH-A1, I find the auto focus a bit jittery at full zoom/pan.
I have a Nikon D750 which I'm hardly using so am thinking of selling that and getting an HC-X1 for the tripod work and using the FZ2500 as second camera. Can anyone tell me if I'd see a significant improvement in footage from the HC-X1 vs the FZ2500? Thanks.
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Old May 16th, 2018, 09:26 AM   #2
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Hi Bill. Sorry I canít answer your question but I would like to know more about the 2500ís autofocus. I also have an XH A1 but havenít used it in some time for a number of reasons, not the least of which are its low light capabilites and autofocus. Not having HDMI is the ultimate deal breaker as Iím about to go back to livestreaming.

For all the obvious reasons, Iíd prefer something like an HC-X1 or UX-180 but I have been looking at the FZ2500 and watched a few online vids about its autofocus, which for the mostpart seems ok, but still Iíve been skeptical. Iíd like to know more about its autofocus being jittery at full zoom/pan.

These days Iím using a GH5 and as good as it is, autofocus is mediocre and very jittery, not to mention the very few power lenses availble. I do have the 45-175 but controlling the speed of the zoom is an issue unto itself.

As much as Iíd prefer to stick to Panasonic I have been looking at the Sony Z90 which seems to have excellent autofocus. That said, Iíd still prefer a larger video camera.
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Old May 17th, 2018, 01:48 PM   #3
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Hi Jase. I'm pretty happy with the auto focus, considering I'm often working in low light (sunrise) situations and often panning at full zoom as I follow boats at a distance out across a river mouth bar crossing. There is all sorts of background movement to contend with.. surf, wave ripples, birds, surfers etc. so under those circumstances I'm happy with the result. I like the FZ2500 for a hand held. People don't seem to notice me filming which often gets me more natural footage. I suspect, however, that the HC-X1 might give me better full zoom/pan tripod footage.
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