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Old July 1st, 2009, 02:54 PM   #1
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Lumix GH1 + Canon HG20 vs. AG-HMC150

I'm thinking about upgrading the camera instead of going on vacation this year. I'm starting to hit the barriers of "semi-pro" and I think my equipment is holding me back.

I mostly film documentaries, but I also film some stage performances. I'd get into narrative, but all the guys I know doing narrative, quite frankly, have better cameras.

I already own a Canon HG20 with a Juicedlink XLR adapter.

Here's what I'm missing from the HG20, and why I'm thinking of upgrading:

1) Zebra Stripes.
2) Shallow DoF
3) Low Light Performance.

Here's why I'm thinking about going with the Lumix GH1:

+ Can get into still photography, see if I like that.
+ Shallow DOF
+ Low Light Performance
- No Audio Control (though I could hook up the Juicedlink to my Zoom H2 and sync in post)
- No 1080p30 (though at 1080p24 native, it's probably not a big deal; as I mostly record 1080p30 on the HG20 now to avoid the laborious pulldown phase)

And here's why I'm thinking of going with the AG-HMC150
+ Low Light Performance
+ "looks professional"
+ On-cam audio control
- Expensive as hell
- DoF should be similar to HG20.

I don't know - what do you guys think?
Equip: Panny GH1, Canon HG20, Juicedlink, AT897, Sennh. EW/GW100, Zoom H2, Vegas 8.1
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