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Old August 30th, 2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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Just got an HPX300

I wanted a shoulder mount cam again, with SDI out and timecode I-O, and since I had P2 cards and batteries from my old HPX500, the 300 fits the bill. I really wanted that AVC-Intra codec. Only 205 hours on it, it's in like new shape.
I would have preferred a 370, but I got a pretty good deal on the 300.
I know it may have noise and skew problems. I'm just going to have to work around that. If I need a low light cam, I'll pull out my FS100.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 01:10 AM   #2
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Re: Just got an HPX300

congrats Glen. New or new to you...sounds like you're enjoying it !

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Old September 4th, 2013, 03:14 AM   #3
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Re: Just got an HPX300

Hooray! Somebody who has recognised that a shoulder mount camera, with proper facilities, excellent pictures and a practical design beats tiny buttons, compromised design and after-market workarounds.

Everyone bangs on about sensor size and umpteen K resolution. Humbug!

A friend of mine has persistently defended this range of cameras since they came out, and I've specified them in quite a few quotes.

The images I have seen from them make me have no qualms at all. Sure - there are the usual sensor comments from people who don't have them, but owners are always happy with them. I nearly bought a 301 (the UK version) and then the 371, after strong recommendations from a friend - but in the end, like you - the exceptional deal came around and I bought two JVC 1/3" which I'm happy with. Had the extra funds been in the bank, I would have preferred the Panasonics, but it wasn't to be.

I noted Philip Bloom really liked them too. For my work and my budget, I reckon you made a good choice.
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Old September 5th, 2013, 06:49 AM   #4
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Re: Just got an HPX300

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congrats Glen. New or new to you...sounds like you're enjoying it !

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The camera is new to me, but it has such low hours, it looks brand new. I mean, it's spotless!

I've been looking for a camera to compliment my FS100. Many of my clients still prefer a power zoom lens camera, and aren't at all concerned with shallow depth of field. I like the broadcast codec and pro connections. I'm happy to have a timecode in/out again!
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Old September 8th, 2013, 12:56 PM   #5
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Re: Just got an HPX300

Best camera I have ever owned and only surpassed by the 2/3' chip hpx3700.

The skew and noise are only a problem at 24p and whilst the 370 claimed a new chip it actually only added a PAP filter that caused even more problems.

I still have my original 301 and it is still under warranty but I did also see a 371 on e-bay this week for less than 4k inc batteries charger and case.

I have shot SD, HD Pal and ntsc on this camera and have done everything from corporate and news to full cinema drama and a promo for the CTBF that was shown at the premier of skyfall and tinker tailor!

You bought a cracking camera there and if you need any profiles I have SD and HD BBC ones as well as others but read Alan Roberts report to see how good this camera is for the money.

Ok its 1/3" chip so no huge shallow DOF but it is better to shoot wide open or less than f5.6 anyway to get the best put of it and the AVC Intra 100 10 bit 4:2:2 codec is as good as it gets for broadcast !
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