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Old November 29th, 2009, 11:54 PM   #1
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FX7 Low light vs Canon XL2

I am a Canon XL2 user and considering a Sony FX7 purchase. I'd like to get opinions from anyone that has worked with both the XL2 and FX7 in an ambient, low light setting, like a poorly lit reception hall. I know everyone has a different opinion of acceptable grain or gain. However, I also own an HV30 Canon, and can not tolerate its horrible grain in low light. If the FX7 is as bad as the HV30, I won't even consider it.

I welcome any other suggestions on HDV or DV cameras that meet or beat the XL2's low light ability.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:07 AM   #2
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You will be disappointed with the FX7's low light performance. In 06' I bought the V1U which uses the same imaging chips. Recently I upgraded to the HVR-Z7 and the low light performance is much improved. You might consider the HVR-Z5 as well.

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Old November 30th, 2009, 05:52 PM   #3
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I've never shot with a Canon so can't compare, but it's fair to say the V1/FX7 is okay but not great. For really good low-light you'd need the FX1000 or Z5. The 1000 is about a grand more than the FX7, and the Z5 roughly another thousand above that.
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Dan, I have the FX7 and if I were you, and the criteria was low light capability, then I wouldn't choose the FX7, I would go for the FX1000 or the Z5 as Adam suggested.

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Old December 6th, 2009, 08:15 PM   #5
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Thanks for all of your honest opinions about the FX7. Thats why I signed up to DVinfo.
I'm pretty close to making my decision now. It will most likely be the Canon XHA1s.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 02:27 PM   #6
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Be careful. According to the specs, the A1s (about 7 lux at 1/60) is even worse than the FX7 (4 lux at 1/60) in low light. But take the specs with a grain of salt.

Really, check out the FX1000. It's amazing. Nothing comes close.
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