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Old April 29th, 2005, 06:53 AM   #1
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3rd Camera

For my 3rd camera that will either be placed in a balcony or in the back of the church, would the PV-GS150 work out fine? The specs seem prtty good and I do not think I need to spend an arm and a leg for a camera to capture wide angle shots.

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Old April 29th, 2005, 07:13 AM   #2
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At least it's a 3 chip cam. 1/6th of an inch is a pretty small ccd. But if the colour rendition is similar to your others your finished edit will benefit from the additional angle.
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Old April 29th, 2005, 05:14 PM   #3
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Matching specs, batteries and things like that are important. Otherwise you save a few bucks on a camera and spend hours fooling with extra equipment, editing time, etc.
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Old April 29th, 2005, 05:34 PM   #4
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Check it out, and see what kind of image you might get from that distance. If you can't get a close enough picture from it, you might use a better cam for the long wide shots, and use the cheaper for closer shots.
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Old April 30th, 2005, 07:18 AM   #5
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That camera will match well with Sony camera's is adequate lighting. My church uses PD-150's and a PV model just like the GS150 (I forget the model number) as the third camera. The Pani matches up really well together for a camera that gets plugged in and used. Little to no color correction should be needed in post (depends on how picky you get).

As a high pov is should work out fine. The picture quality is good. At the reception when it gets dark it won't be usable in the lower light. It does have the top load tape mechanism and that helps. One thing I don't like is that it shuts down after 5 min if you aren't recording. That can be bad if you need the camera as a feed camera for a live event because you always have to run a tape in it. It is ultra small and compact. It has the mic input but I wouldn't use it as a main audio source, just a backup.

I wasn't happy about the manual functions because they were difficult to use, but it's a third camera and runs on auto all the time anyway so I've accepted the auto settings with that cam.

If your using Canon camera's as your main units, watch out. The color's won't match well and you should look for a small canon model rather than the Pani model. Canon's seems to have a much different color chart than Sony and Panasonic so watch for that.

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