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Old February 24th, 2006, 06:49 AM   #16
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Chris, that's my thought - getting a smaller cam that's less conspicuous! Even though it's primarily family video, yes I take it seriously! I take pride in documenting the growth of my children and the vx produces some great video! The FX is my "last" resort - I would like to stay with a smaller cam though. I will look into the A1U as you have suggested.

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Old February 27th, 2006, 12:23 PM   #17
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Well, I have had a chance to get my hands on both the HC1 and the FX1. I was not able to record, capture, and output on my NLE, but I was able to touch and play with both cams. I must say the FX seems far superior to the HC to me - coming from the vx2100.

Questions: How easy it is to use the touch screen on the HC1? It seems to be very cumbersome to adjust everything on the fly? It appears that many "moments" can be lost while trying to adapt to the environment with the lack of manual controls on the HC. I became very efficient in changing the camera to match the surroundings in manual mode with the vx2100. (I very rarely use auto mode) It appears the FX has the same, and a great deal more manual settings available on the fly.

What kind of "learning curve" is involved with moving from the vx2100 to the FX1? Thanks again everyone for your feedback!
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Old February 27th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #18
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Well, I have had a chance to get my hands on both the HC1 and the FX1. I was not able to record, capture, and output on my NLE, but I was able to touch and play with both cams. I must say the FX seems far superior to the HC to me - coming from the vx2100.

Questions: How easy it is to use the touch screen on the HC1? It seems to be very cumbersome to adjust everything on the fly? It appears that many "moments" can be lost while trying to adapt to the environment with the lack of manual controls on the HC. I became very efficient in changing the camera to match the surroundings in manual mode with the vx2100. (I very rarely use auto mode) It appears the FX has the same, and a great deal more manual settings available on the fly.

What kind of "learning curve" is involved with moving from the vx2100 to the FX1? Thanks again everyone for your feedback!
Ease of use- I don't like touch screens because you have to have the display open to make adjustments, and then trying to touch things right with my big fingers--ugh. I like the large scroll wheel on the FX1.

As far as VX to FX1 learning curve, there just isn't a whole lot of difference. Very similar to the VX. You also have the ability to store 6 different presets. And on shot transition you can set focus, exposure, and zoom, etc., at one setting, and then set adjustments for any and all of those in a second setting. The camera will then automatically adjust between the two at an interval of between 1 and 15 seconds.
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Old February 27th, 2006, 01:39 PM   #19
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Chris, I think I would have to agree with you on the lcd issue. How is it possible to adjust on the fly by using the touch screen?

So, is it safe to assume I can rule out the HC1 and go for the FX1? I just wish there was a cam a little smaller - like the size of the PDX10!

Thanks again Chris for your feedback..
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Old February 27th, 2006, 02:23 PM   #20
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Well, remember in the 80's we were shooting with VHS rigs bigger than the FX1 !
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Old February 27th, 2006, 02:35 PM   #21
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LOL! How true!
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