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Sony HVR-A1 and HDR-HC Series
Sony's latest single-CMOS additions to their HDV camcorder line.


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Old August 30th, 2007, 03:02 PM   #1
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Okay, I currently shot a lot of freelance news and firefighting footage. I do a wedding here and there. I'm not HD, yet, but plan to be within the next year.

So here's where I need help.

I currently shoot with a Sony pd-150 and LOVE IT! It does great in low light and does EVERYTHING i need it to do. I was looking for a Sennheniser g2 wirless lapel mic and I ran across a guy locally selling a HVR-Z1U with a G2 for $2300. Is this a good price? Is this good enough to sell off my pd-150 and make the change? Since I'm not set up to switch to HD right away is the DV footage still good on this camera? I just need some expert advice!

I need to decide TONIGHT, so any quick help would be appreciated.

Thank you ALL so much!
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Old August 30th, 2007, 04:35 PM   #2
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the Z1U's a great HD camera, but at that price it must've been used. Check with the dealer on the drum hours before you buy. A high drum hour tape mechanism is very likely to dropout.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 11:07 PM   #3
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used? stolen more likely... at that price, unless it had very high hours (and the z1 has an hours meter in the menus soyou can check)
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