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Old April 30th, 2009, 11:08 AM   #16
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It looks like I am going with the HMC-150.
Excellent choice!!
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 10:39 AM   #17
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Excellent choice!!
I want 'em both!

It really chaps me that I have to choose between the two. I mostly do documentary work, so a long DoF camera will be fine, but I really do like the look of shallow DoF cameras.

The idea, I think, was that I was going to buy the Lumix GH1 and work with Shallow DoF so that I could use it in narrative shorts (specifically comedy shorts) and wedding videos (where I could, you know, actually make some money back to pay for it - and use a Canon HG20 as my long DoF camera for my documentary projects until I saved up for the HMC150.

The one thing that really, really chaps my hide is that the GH1 has auto audio gain. I have a Juicedlink XLR adapter/mixer. The fact that you can't turn it off means that I'm going to have to record dual audio, and I really don't want to have to sync in post. It just makes everything much more complicated.

Still, I'm thinking that alot of people want the Shallow DoF look, and I'd be more likely to get $1500 of work out of the GH1 faster than I would get $3500 worth of work out of the HMC150.

Although maybe I'm wrong on this.

I have a day job so I'd be solely a nights and weekends videographer - maybe it's impossible to recoup the costs with either of them on my schedule...
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 02:08 PM   #18
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shallow DOF for documentary

I find when doing documentary shooting that I am usually looking at two setups. I am often RnG on sticks, monopod, or handheld, but then having to do a 2nd setup for controlled posed interviews. I want a second cam ready to go for that, perhaps even setup in anticipation of interviews, and I plan to try the GH1 for that purpose. I think a shallow DOF in a nice setting for intimate interviewing can work well and bring up the production value.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #19
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Re: Is the GH1 a serious video camera?

Since it's been awhile on the subject, and we've now moved on to the GH2 and such, has there been any new developments in the portable audio recorder arena?

I purchased my GH1 a year ago and I love it. But whenever I want good audio, I bring my Sony V1U, and take audio from a mic into one of my XLR ports, as well as use it as a B cam. But it may be time to finally purchase a recorder so my GH1 can be a totally stand alone camera. That's why I'm curious.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 01:48 AM   #20
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Re: Is the GH1 a serious video camera?

Josh, I don't know about portable recording units, I haven't looked at them for awhile. But the new Videomic Pro is pretty good, I love mine. It has a -10 db setting and +10 and +20db settings that are very handy. There is an audio forum here also you might check also for some good feedback. They talk about recorders a lot there.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 11:08 AM   #21
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Re: Is the GH1 a serious video camera?

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Since it's been awhile on the subject, and we've now moved on to the GH2 and such, has there been any new developments in the portable audio recorder arena?

I purchased my GH1 a year ago and I love it. But whenever I want good audio, I bring my Sony V1U, and take audio from a mic into one of my XLR ports, as well as use it as a B cam. But it may be time to finally purchase a recorder so my GH1 can be a totally stand alone camera. That's why I'm curious.
For $300 the Tascam DR100 will give some great sound. The Zoom h4n is similarly priced but lacks some of the Tascam's features.
Syncing is easy. I also love redundancy in video production -- and a separate deck accomplishes that.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 01:29 PM   #22
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Re: Is the GH1 a serious video camera?

That definitely looks like a good general mic, but I'm looking for something with XLR inputs so I can connect any mics I want (like wireless lavs and such).
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Old March 11th, 2011, 01:45 PM   #23
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Re: Is the GH1 a serious video camera?

Oh, sorry, misunderstood. Yes, check the audio forum for sure!
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Old March 11th, 2011, 06:00 PM   #24
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Re: Is the GH1 a serious video camera?

@Jeff, no worries, I wasn't very specfic either.

@Brian: The Tascam looks like it might be the right piece of machinery I've been looking for.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 02:37 AM   #25
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Since it's been awhile on the subject, and we've now moved on to the GH2 and such, has there been any new developments in the portable audio recorder arena?

I purchased my GH1 a year ago and I love it. But whenever I want good audio, I bring my Sony V1U, and take audio from a mic into one of my XLR ports, as well as use it as a B cam. But it may be time to finally purchase a recorder so my GH1 can be a totally stand alone camera. That's why I'm curious.
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@Brian: The Tascam looks like it might be the right piece of machinery I've been looking for.
One feature of the Tascam that I like, and it's embarrassing to admit, but it's got an idiot light the glows red if you clip. If you have the misfortune of operating camera and audio, this can really help because although double system sound is awesome and gives much better results than in camera, it *is* another ball in the air. That red light, on a critical audio recording can help a not so great multi tasker like myself.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 07:37 AM   #26
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Re: Is the GH1 a serious video camera?

Josh, I looked at the Tascam thanks to Brian's tip. Looks very good. One or two reviewers at b&h mentioned something about being dissatisfied when using phantom powered mics. You might look into that if that is your plan.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 03:05 PM   #27
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Re: Is the GH1 a serious video camera?

Good to know. I'll look a little closer before I decide. Thanks for passing on the info!
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Old March 12th, 2011, 03:12 PM   #28
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Nice unit for sure.
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Old March 18th, 2011, 03:46 PM   #29
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Re: Is the GH1 a serious video camera?

just pick up a tascam dr-680. nothing out there is even close at the moment.
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Old April 8th, 2011, 03:03 PM   #30
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Re: Is the GH1 a serious video camera?

@Aaron: As much as I'd love to have dr-680, the DR-100 is so much more affordable (with the budget I have), that I'm going to go with it most likely (as long as the phantom power stuff isn't an issue). Thanks for the heads up though.
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