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Old January 8th, 2020, 10:58 AM   #1
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Sony late model HDV & HXR-NX5U Question

Hello Everyone,

Looking at an upgrade to our church camera and noticed some good deals on used HVR-Z5, FX1000 and Z7 cameras as well as the NX5U. I was wondering if anyone could answer a few questions in regards to comparing both. I understand the Z5 and FX1000 are basically the same, and the Z7 offers the interchangeable lens.

As we do not record in camera the recording media doesn't matter. As we are on a tight budget, I'm just looking for the best camera for live streaming out of all of these. How do they compare in low light and how does their HDMI/SDI outputs differ? Does the NX5U offer more progressive modes? Are the outputs affected by the HDV limitations of those cameras, or are they uncompressed?

Just to give some background information, currently we are using a Sony HVR-Z1U via component output, being de-interlaced by software. Most of our footage requires to be at 18DB gain. Our church is very traditional and they are not interested in bringing in extra light studio lighting, however even at 18DB gain, the picture is still very clear.

I am most familiar with Sony prosumer cameras. Feel free to offer suggestions for other cameras around the same price range, max $2000

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