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Old May 12th, 2006, 01:20 AM   #1
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Advice on buying a 2nd Camcorder

Hi, I have a pd170 and I've been thinking about buying a vx2100 to use as a 2nd camera for wedding ceremonies. Is this a good idea? Before I decide I was wondering:

Are there cheaper cameras to buy as an alternative to the vx2100?
Is a HDV camera a better choice than the vx2100?
Is another pd170 a more logical choice?

Most of all I would like to know is there a cheaper camera than the vx2100 that will pair well with the 170, since I will primarily only use it for wedding ceremonies as an unmanned 2nd camera?

Any help or advice is much appreciated.
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Old May 12th, 2006, 11:01 AM   #2
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Why not get a VX2000? It's very similar and will work out perfectly for you I think.

The need for HDV depends on your audience. Do you think most of them are today able to watch HD content? I really doubt.
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Old May 12th, 2006, 11:27 AM   #3
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Richard:

VX2100 would be a near exact match, and you would have virtually no problem in matching the two cameras.

I have VX2000, and I bought the FX1 to pair with it when needed. VX/PDs have better low light capability, but with FX1 I shoot in HDV, then downcovert, either out of camera, or while editing. I think the FX1 actually gives you better quality DV, and you would probably be making it your main camera, with the PD becoming your second camera. However, FX1 will require a Beachtech XLR adapter.
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Old May 12th, 2006, 01:35 PM   #4
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Thanks.


I wonder how the HCR-HDR 1 or 3 would pair with pd170. Does anyone have any thoughts, insight, or advice on how this pair would fair? Is this camcorder worth considering?
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Old May 12th, 2006, 01:39 PM   #5
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Well, there are those who say the single chip Cmos chip type camera will replace the 3 chip cameras. There have been a lot of discussion on in the HDV section about these issues. Browse that area for more on it.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 01:25 PM   #6
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Thanks. I'll let you all know what I end up getting. But I unfortunately I have to wait. I am leaning towards the Sony HDV HDR 3 because the price is good and would like to try HD.
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Thanks. I'll let you all know what I end up getting. But I unfortunately I have to wait. I am leaning towards the Sony HDV HDR 3 because the price is good and would like to try HD.
Richard:

Check this thread out for some shots by the HC1:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=67425
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