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Old October 4th, 2012, 03:17 PM   #46
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Yes, I can concur that my cx730 overexposes as well when in auto, me too has the ae shift set to a negative value incase I have to run one of my camera's in auto.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #47
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Thanks guys. Trying to upload some footage to Vimeo now. We'll see if it chokes...
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Old October 4th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #48
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I've upload a shorter clip of the 3 cameras shooting the same shot.

***I know it is not the exact same conditions, shot, settings, and is in now way fair. :-) What I did was shoot most of the same locations in the store in auto mode. I didn't have the time to play with the manual settings, and since I'll be in auto mode often, this was good enough for a first test.

Not going to tell you yet which footage is which camera. You''ll see the quick break in footage to tell when the next cam is shooting. One interesting note is that the compressing Vimeo did actually reduced the noise quite a bit, so it's not a perfect example.

I've uploaded am much longer version with better examples that is converting now.

Watch this on the vimeo site in HD, in full mode, and try with scaling on and off or you see little grain! (damn - the bad doesn't look near as bad here)

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Old October 4th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #49
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A reason why the Sony might seem noisier in these conditions is because you zoomed in, it closes it iris down pretty quickly meaning it will compensate with a higher gain. From tests I have seen the Canon does not close the iris as fast when zooming meaning less gain at comparable zooming lengths.
So, if you plan do do quite some zooming in darker areas the Canon will be the better choice I think. If you would have played back the clips in the camera at the store and if the settings where set to display the camera data you could have checked what the gain values where.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 05:58 PM   #50
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I think that's a very accurate point. I did notice it got worse with zoom, and almost any distance.

It looks like Vimeo only allows 1 HD video per free account, so I'm going to delete this one and upload the longer version. Here it is:

I apologize for the erratic movement. I know it will drive you crazy, but I was trying to grab quick footage of each camera of different subjects. I can't post it all, and the quick cuts make it work.

Make sure to watch it on the vimeo site at full size. The damn vimeo conversion is actually smoothing the noise, but best I can do...

Sony till 1:14
G10 till 2:53
XA10 till end at 3:49


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Old October 5th, 2012, 02:33 AM   #51
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DEFINITELY need to set the AE shift (or EV shift, I think they changed the nomenclature with the CX700) to the negative side on the Sony - if anything it just looked "washed out". One of the challenges of comparing cameras is you have limited time to twiddle with the settings to optimize. Unless you are already familiar with the "quirks" of a given brand or design team within a brand, or have the time to learn the adjustments for best quality, you likely won't get an accurate impression with a "quick look".

Pretty much anyone who has shot Sony will say to use AE/EV shift to back the cameras "default" exposure off from "overexposed". Not sure why that is, but in most situations, it's a "rule". The advantage of "shift" is that the camera still rides the "auto" exposure, just with a less agressive brightness profile.

To me the Canons had the typical "pushed" reds, the blacks were crushed, making the image appear to be more "pop-y", detailed and "sharp". On casual perusal, the Canons looked "better", but I suspect the above adjustment to exposure would quickly level the playing field, and you might find the Sony has better overall lattitude (range between the brightest areas resolved and the darkest). You'll also find Sonys tend to handle blues and greens sort of the way Canon handles reds...

Just some observations that have held true over time, and apparently continue to do so with the current generation cameras, based on your test footage.

In the end, all the current cameras are probably going to get you a very nice usable HD image to work with, with perhaps a little learning curve and some tweaking.

One other thing you may want to consider is that the Sonys do 60 P, and in that mode are recording at 28MBps max bitrate - you may NOT have had the cameras set for max bitrates, and that can make a HUGE difference in sharpness - made THAT mistake myself when testing, and thought the camera looked "soft" only to check and find it was at a LOW bitrate - crank it up to "max", and things come back into "focus"! 60p mode is typically razor sharp and you can freeze frames with excellent results (or do slo-mo). Worth looking at, IMO, especially since somehow that Sony footage looks soft compared to my Sonys... something seems "off" to me, and if the bitrate/resolution isn't set right, that'll do it!
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Old October 5th, 2012, 08:23 AM   #52
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I think the XA10 is your better choice at the moment. It has a lot more image adjustments than the consumer Sony's which can be made to perform too but maybe not in as logical form. Canon have menu controls for sharpness, contrast etc etc. so the crushed look can be changed I think. I agree with Dave on the video test you shot. I expect the cameras were set up very differently with the Sony definitely over exposing. With AE shift on it would be more natural and the lens ramping not as obvious. I run my CX700 all the time at 60P for the reasons Dave mentioned.

It's a pity you can't wait because I think the new Panasonic AG-AC90 would be a good fit for you.

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Old October 5th, 2012, 08:55 AM   #53
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It's a pity you can't wait because I think the new Panasonic AG-AC90 would be a good fit for you.
From what i heard so far (info coming from Barry Green) I think the AG-AC90 will be a much better choice then the xa10, the xa10 is still a handicam while the ag-ac90 has a much better formfactor and from what I hear it's not that more expensive.
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Old October 7th, 2012, 06:01 PM   #54
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I just wanted to give a quick update...

I end up getting the Canon G10 for this shoot AND I couldn't help myself as I walked out of the store and I also got a Panasonic GH2 (pseudo) DSLR.

Crazy I know, but I figured I could play with the GH2 and not use if for critical footage.

Thanks to everyone for the feedback, especially Noa for sending me footage and Jeff Harper for recommending the Canon. I figured the Canon would be safer for this shoot, and they offered to exchange the Canon for the Sony if I didn't like it (but not the other way around).

ANY last minute tips on the G10 and the GH2 would be great. Working to learn them now. Only issue so far is that I can't seem to get the audio meters to show on the G10.

After the even is over I will also update how they worked.

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Old October 8th, 2012, 12:27 PM   #55
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Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

:-D Just go out and shoot as much as you can and see what the result is, if you encounter weird things then I"d ask here. Think you made a very good choice, have fun testing.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 05:56 PM   #56
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I have the Canon XA10 and love it. I use it at weddings. The touch screen is a bit to get use to but it is great in low light and the picture is as good as cameras at twice the cost. I wish it was a little bigger. Best of luck!
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 03:20 AM   #57
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So what is your conclusion, James? How does the G10 compare to your VX2000?
I've read that even with an XA10 you need to go into the menu to monitor the audio with headphones. I could never live with that. I have a Canon HV20 and it's a little toy compared to my VX2000, tho it does shoot beautiful images. Right now i'm looking at the new JVC HM600 ro replace my VX2000.

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I just wanted to give a quick update...

I end up getting the Canon G10 for this shoot AND I couldn't help myself as I walked out of the store and I also got a Panasonic GH2 (pseudo) DSLR.

Crazy I know, but I figured I could play with the GH2 and not use if for critical footage.

Thanks to everyone for the feedback, especially Noa for sending me footage and Jeff Harper for recommending the Canon. I figured the Canon would be safer for this shoot, and they offered to exchange the Canon for the Sony if I didn't like it (but not the other way around).

ANY last minute tips on the G10 and the GH2 would be great. Working to learn them now. Only issue so far is that I can't seem to get the audio meters to show on the G10.

After the even is over I will also update how they worked.

Thanks,

LB
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Old January 13th, 2014, 08:09 AM   #58
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I just wanted to give a quick update...

I end up getting the Canon G10 for this shoot AND I couldn't help myself as I walked out of the store and I also got a Panasonic GH2 (pseudo) DSLR.


After the even is over I will also update how they worked.

Thanks,

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Does anybody know what happened to James? Did he ever give an update?
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Old January 13th, 2014, 10:31 AM   #59
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You can click on his name and it will link you to his posts, Dale.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 09:22 AM   #60
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Sorry I'm a little late on this one, but I've been on a very well earned holiday :)

We have the HF-G10 as our little 'ninja-cam' and if you're looking for a great little camera that's good with automatics then this is quite a good choice. I'd definitely look at the replacement models though because there are some things that really annoy me on this one (I like to shoot manually most of the time) and the newer models shoot 50p/60p as well (G10 is only 24/25/30).

The zoom rocker on the G10 and XA10 is on the top and goes side to side whereas the XA-20 & XA-25 are more the normal back to front style.

The G10 hot shoe is proprietary so you need an adapter if you want to add addition accessories, such as lights or a wireless receiver. On the XA versions you get a standard shoe on the handle.

I'm really not a fan of the touch screen, even though touch focusing is nice, I rarely use it. The face detection works very well and this is typically my go-to camera for walking shots of bride & father approaching the church (with me walking backwards) because the stabilisation works pretty well (depending on how you hold it ;)).

Making manual adjustments to settings is fiddly and takes longer than cameras with more buttons (like our XF100s). The XA-20 looks like it may be better for this but I won't get a chance to play with one until BVE London in Feb.

In terms of gain, I'd certainly not worry about anything up to 9db, but 15db is about the limit for me in normal circumstances. I've used much higher (20+) when the content was more important than the look. It's actually cleaner at high db than the XF100 - until you start to look closely and then you see why - the built in NR has smeared much of the detail and it's gone! This seems to kick in around 18db.

I've also noticed it over saturates things compared to all my other cameras, so usually we'll apply a -20 saturation before anything else. Some people love the saturated look, so if that's the case you're set to go.

If I had my time again I'd probably go for the XA range over the HF-G range simply for the handle and XLR inputs, but if you have audio covered elsewhere then there's no need.
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