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Old April 16th, 2008, 01:48 PM   #1
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Worth it to purchase Z1U? (current A1 owner)

I may have the opportunity to purchase a Z1U at a great price...although you know what the saying is. If it's too good to be true....

Anyway, just in case it's a legit seller, would I be making a lateral move with the Z1U or stepping up a little? It would be used for event and wedding videography. My partner currently has a FX1. For myself, I have just the A1 so I was wondering if it would be advantageous at all (besides having a backup camera) to purchase this second cam. I don't have money to burn for the sake of it but I do like to scoop up a good deal.

Let me know what you guys think. Thanks.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 02:10 PM   #2
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Randy it all depends what the price is and if it's legit.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 03:45 PM   #3
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Price is worth it, legit is still up in the air.

Please give opinions assuming the price is worth it and it is legit. Thanks
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Old April 16th, 2008, 04:31 PM   #4
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What's wrong with your a1?
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Old April 16th, 2008, 04:31 PM   #5
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Randy, are you talking about the Canon A1 or the Sony A1?
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Old April 16th, 2008, 06:51 PM   #6
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Canon XH-A1, sorry for not being specific.

The problem with my XH-A1 is that it can't clone itself to cover two angles live at the same time :(.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 07:00 PM   #7
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Why not buy another A1? there have been a few good offers here on the forum around $2800 or less with very minimal hours. I don't know too much about the Z1 but when i did my research the canon's were about the best for price and value of features.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 07:02 PM   #8
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The price is below what a used XH-A1 is going for. Haven't heard a reply yet so I'm still assuming it's too good to be true :/ .

Another XH-A1 is actually in the works but after seeing that ad, it made me think.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 07:09 PM   #9
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The Z1u can't shoot 24 frames either, which is really starting to grow on me the more I shoot with it. Having been a true Sony guy (retail manager) I have really begun to like the feel of the A1. All the controls are easily laid out and the custom features are great.
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Old April 17th, 2008, 04:01 PM   #10
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It was one of those "Im in UK now" scams. Bah. Thanks for the replies.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 10:52 AM   #11
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Thanks for the info presented in this thread guys. I'm currently a HC1 owner who's mainly a hobbyist and looking to take the next step. I had been wondering about the Z1U, but I believe it's a bit out my price range. However, the XH-A1 doesn't seem priced too bad based on what I saw on B&H Photo.

and this post right here by Jason Bowers:
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Why not buy another A1? there have been a few good offers here on the forum around $2800 or less with very minimal hours. I don't know too much about the Z1 but when i did my research the canon's were about the best for price and value of features.
Also makes me happy about the price.

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The Z1u can't shoot 24 frames either, which is really starting to grow on me the more I shoot with it. Having been a true Sony guy (retail manager) I have really begun to like the feel of the A1. All the controls are easily laid out and the custom features are great.
Jason's other post here gives me a good reason to not go for the Z1U, which was suggested to me over here in this thread:
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...336#post863336
when I explained more on what I was looking for and why.

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....would I be making a lateral move with the Z1U or stepping up a little? It would be used for event and wedding videography. My partner currently has a FX1. For myself, I have just the A1 so I was wondering if it would be advantageous at all (besides having a backup camera) to purchase this second cam...
This I was a little interested about. If I decide to keep the HC1, would it be easy to combine footage like what Randy was doing here with the FX1 and the XH-A1?
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