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Jon Furtado June 24th, 2009 12:43 AM

HPX170 vs. HPX200a
 
I was just curious if anyone could fill me in on the pros and cons of the HPX170 vs. the HPX200a. I was considering the HPX300 but the skewing issue is a no-go for me.

What can i expect working with either of these cameras? Can they both do SD and HD? Which is better?

TingSern Wong June 24th, 2009 08:17 AM

What is your application here? And by the way, there is no such camera as HPX170. It is HVX170. If you could enlighten us what you propose to use your camera for - that will make our job easier.

John Dewey June 24th, 2009 09:07 AM

Hpx170
 
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Originally Posted by TingSern Wong (Post 1162781)
What is your application here? And by the way, there is no such camera as HPX170. It is HVX170. If you could enlighten us what you propose to use your camera for - that will make our job easier.

Not true. The model is HPX170, not HVX170.

Tom Chartrand June 24th, 2009 09:12 AM

Ummm...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TingSern Wong (Post 1162781)
What is your application here? And by the way, there is no such camera as HPX170. It is HVX170. If you could enlighten us what you propose to use your camera for - that will make our job easier.

Actually, it is the HPX-170.

So to simply answer the question, the 170 and the 200a share the same chipset.
The 170 has a few added menu functions such as more types of focus assist, and ability to
change and update metadata. The 170 has a 6-pin locking FireWire connection. The 170 will also auto detect footage for playback without havingto change recording setup.
They both do SD & HD, but the 170 is P2 only.

I've liked what I've seen from the 300 in controlled situations and you can't beat 10-Bit avc-I
later!

TingSern Wong June 24th, 2009 09:52 AM

200 has tape drive, 170 no tape drive.

Jon Furtado June 24th, 2009 11:07 AM

My application will be wide and varied, low budget music videos, short films, corporate videos, event videos. etc. I don't need a really big camera yet, (and can't afford it) I was hoping to scrape together the cash to get the 300, but the skewing killed my interest in it fast.

What can you record on the tape drive on the 200a? What formats? Is it DV? Or DVCPro?

Tom Chartrand June 24th, 2009 12:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Jon Furtado (Post 1162860)
My application will be wide and varied, low budget music videos, short films, corporate videos, event videos. etc. I don't need a really big camera yet, (and can't afford it) I was hoping to scrape together the cash to get the 300, but the skewing killed my interest in it fast.

What can you record on the tape drive on the 200a? What formats? Is it DV? Or DVCPro?

The 200a and 170 have a nice wide angle lens too. The tape drive only records DV25 so you'll only get SD MiniDV on tape in the 200a.

It's a perfect camera for your varied scope of work.

Jon Furtado June 24th, 2009 02:00 PM

It just seems logical considering that I could get an entire Redrock cinema kit with lenses and the 170 for almost the price of starting out with a HPX300 considering i'd probably have to upgrade my tripod from my current Sachtler FSW6.

TingSern Wong June 24th, 2009 08:41 PM

The 170 lens is very good for wide angle (about 28 mm equivalent in 35mm camera terms). But it loses out on the tele side (not as long) - compared with 200a.

If you don't use tapes, 170 will be about 1kg lighter than 200a.

Jon Furtado July 5th, 2009 11:57 AM

I have an XL2 if i need to shoot DV tape. But, people are requesting that less and less these days.

what do you folks own card wise for this camera? What size cards would be the best for price ratio?

I supposed this cant be answered, but how many should I start out with? minimum?

Daniel Weber July 5th, 2009 09:55 PM

No brainer!!! Get the HPX 170. I see no advantage of getting the HVX 200a. I made the same decision in May and am very happy with the HPX 170.

Just having SDI out and the built in waveform are worth it alone. Plus most places sell the 170 for cheaper. It is also lighter.

To answer your second question, I have two 16 gig cards and when shooting 720p24pn I can get 42 minutes on each card.

Daniel Weber

Jon Furtado July 5th, 2009 11:23 PM

Cool. Thanks for the practical card info! I plan on shooting a lot of small stuff in 720p. I want to save 1080 for the bigger projects so i can conserve card space and not have to make a huge up front investment.

Is it more cost effective to just buy more 16GB cards? or save up to buy fewer 32GB cards?

I'd been weighing the HPX170 vs. the Sony EX3. It just seems that the Panasonic is just so much more compatible with what everyone seems to be shooting. Everyone i meet likes the P2 format. I was in LA and every cameraman said buy P2 or you'll regret it.

TingSern Wong July 6th, 2009 07:51 AM

If you can wait until August this year, E-P2 (64GB) will be available by then. You won't have to debate till cows come home - go and grab it - while it is still available ... It will be hot item.

Specifically, one 64GB card can hold more movie data (by the minutes) than 4 x 16GB cards.

Daniel Weber July 7th, 2009 06:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Jon Furtado (Post 1167662)
Cool. Thanks for the practical card info! I plan on shooting a lot of small stuff in 720p. I want to save 1080 for the bigger projects so i can conserve card space and not have to make a huge up front investment.

Is it more cost effective to just buy more 16GB cards? or save up to buy fewer 32GB cards?

I'd been weighing the HPX170 vs. the Sony EX3. It just seems that the Panasonic is just so much more compatible with what everyone seems to be shooting. Everyone i meet likes the P2 format. I was in LA and every cameraman said buy P2 or you'll regret it.

I shoot with an EX1 and have just purchased the 170 for personal projects.

The EX1 produces incredible amounts of detail and resolution. It also has CMOS chips. The biggest advantage it has over the 170 is the 1/2 " chips. Big difference in controlling your DOF.

But the 170 can't be beat when it comes to color space since it shoots a 4:2:2 image. If find that I need to less color correction on the 170 than I do on the EX1.

They both have their place.

I think a more fair comparison should be the 170 vs. the EX1 not the EX3.

Daniel Weber

Perrone Ford July 7th, 2009 07:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Daniel Weber (Post 1168238)
I shoot with an EX1 and have just purchased the 170 for personal projects.

But the 170 can't be beat when it comes to color space since it shoots a 4:2:2 image. If find that I need to less color correction on the 170 than I do on the EX1.

The color information recorded by the 170 and the EX1/EX3 is REALLY close. 4:2:0 on full raster versus 4:2:2 on 1280x1080 gives an ever so slight advantage to the Panasonic but hardly enough to see. The EX cams also offer a lot more options to tweak the image in camera. I think the Panasonic cams have a better look straight out of the box though.

Both have their place, and if skew is likely to be an issue in your shooting, then the 170 makes more sense. Panasonic lost me as a customer with the choice of P2. It priced me out of their market. Shooting on the EX1 has been infinitely cheaper. Using my existing Firestore from the DVX100 to shoot long-form HDV, and shooting onto SDHC cards to get XDCamEX.


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