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Old April 27th, 2006, 12:04 PM   #1
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Sony HVR-A1U and Amphibico KTHC001P: A good deal?

I am going to be shooting a documentary on whale shark conservation this summer, and I need to get a relatively inexpensive HD camera and housing. Does this sound like a good buy?

HVR-A1U at B&H (actually $1999 after rebates/discounts.)
Amphibico Dive Buddy EVO PRO HD Arc 10 Discovery Package ($4495.00)

Or would I be better off with something else at around the same price?
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Old April 27th, 2006, 03:04 PM   #2
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I have a strange-sounding alternative. Since the HC3 is supposed to be more light sensitive than the A1u/HC1, maybe this would be better suited for underwater shots. You'd be giving up built-in xlr audio inputs, but between the lower price of the hc3 and its housing:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation
you'd save enough for a decent DAR and boom mic which probably would outperform anything the A1u could record.

Just a thought....
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Old April 28th, 2006, 09:25 PM   #3
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That's an interesting idea. I will certainly take that into consideration.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 11:16 PM   #4
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I have a hunch that the HC3 may find some popularity among all levels of underwater HD productions. Due to the hazards and frequent equipment disasters of such activities, the low cost, tiny size, good auto-functions and low-light performance of this model, might result in big production companies packing them along by the dozen, as throwaways. What better camcorder to strap to the back of an Orca, for a wild video ride into its secret world? Who'd know the difference between HDV and HD-CAM, in that environment?

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Old April 30th, 2006, 11:07 AM   #5
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Hi Mike, i suggest you to go with the Sony A1, but consider to buy a Gates Housing, much more reliable and defenetely no comparison with the quality of Fathom lenses.Amphibico is NOT affordable (i had three so i know what i'm talking about) Keep in mind that Gates rent as well, so you can save a hell of money if you need it only for a production. Then, if you want to film Whale sharks, you must have a super wide angle. Again no choice, Fathom lens on a Gates housing. Hope it will help
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