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Old April 10th, 2010, 01:28 PM   #1
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still worth buying a Fx1?

I am new to HDV, and can't make up my mind as to what' best (solid state vs tape)

I only owned a solid state HD camcorder (panasonic tm300) that I sold immediately as I hated the amount of noise and artifacts

i mainly shoot for DVD and for Web and need a decent low light capability.

do you guys think it's still worth buying 2nd hand an FX1?
or is it worth going to something more recent like a panny 150, or even a sony ex1?
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Old April 12th, 2010, 02:22 PM   #2
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I can't speak for other newer cameras but the FX1 is cheap and perfectly good for web and DVD needs. The Z1U is about twice the price last I checked, because it has xlr mic inputs and some other extra features (can it shoot progressive footage natively? That would be cool). But I haven't found any reason to spend any more money than the FX1 (I rarely record audio, and when I do I just rent a beachtech for xlr inputs).

I am pretty excited for the new RED camera (fixed) "Scarlet". It's in the prosumer price range but shoots "raw" "cinema quality" footage.
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Old April 19th, 2010, 05:03 AM   #3
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Is a good choice....when u look @ the footage on a plasma or lcd u'll be like OHHHH!

BTW how much should be the SCARLET?
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The tape transport mechanism is the achilles heel of any tape-based camera. You are much more likely to need an expensive repair with tape, and an FX1 is now an older camera. I would consider a solid state camera, such as the Panny HMC-150 for just a bit more.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 09:47 AM   #5
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Currently fixed scarlet is $4750, but it hasn't been released yet. Scarlet interchangeable sounds like a good deal at around two thousand, but it would actually cost over $10,000 all together, so the "fixed" is cheaper.

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Old April 27th, 2010, 12:40 PM   #6
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Is the HVR-FX1 a current model? I can't find it at B&H and searching both the Sony USA Consumer & Professional websites, they don't show it either.

At this point in time I think you would be better off getting the more current HDR-AX2000.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 01:41 PM   #7
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While the FX1 is a fine cam and many are still in use, it was discontinued more than a year ago, supplanted by newer technology. The AX2000/NX5 (or FX1000/Z5 if you don't mind tape) are your best bets.
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do you guys think it's still worth buying 2nd hand an FX1?
or is it worth going to something more recent like a panny 150, or even a sony ex1?
If you can afford any of the cameras in that line-up, then obviously the EX1 is tops, followed by the 150, followed by the FX1. But going for the latter (second hand) will save you thousands, and I sure bet you could find something to spend those thousands on.

If you do go looking for a second hand FX1, read my post about what to look out for.

Buying a second hand FX1

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Old April 27th, 2010, 04:23 PM   #9
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Currently fixed scarlet is $4750, but it hasn't been released yet. Scarlet interchangeable sounds like a good deal at around two thousand, but it would actually cost over $10,000 all together, so the "fixed" is cheaper.

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Oh my! Am I reading this right? 3k footage camera for $4750? Is that package ready to go and film or would you need anything else?
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It's definitely NOT ready to go. Current best guess is that it will be released sometime in the fall. But Red's philosophy is that "anything can change, including release dates." (or something like that)
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