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Luke Pearsonbest camera for documentary style shooting?
by on Jun 20, 2008 at 4:13:37 pm

I'm getting ready to buy a new camera and I'm trying to get as many opinions as possible. I will be doing a lot of run and gun type shooting. I've never worked with tapeless workflow but i'm looking at the panasonic hvx200a or canon xh a1 (hdv). What would everyone recommend? It doesn't have to be one of those two choices. I want a camera that will have a stunning picture but also capable of different frame rates and a film look. I also don't want archiving to be a problem. thanks for any suggestions.

Luke Pearson
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Don GreeningRe: best camera for documentary style shooting?
by on Jun 20, 2008 at 7:07:22 pm

You'll have to include the PMW EX1 on your camera list. Well, you DID say you want a stunning picture..........

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Boyd McCollumRe: best camera for documentary style shooting?
by on Jun 21, 2008 at 6:36:24 am

If you don't want archiving to be a problem, you might also check into the Sony Z7, which will allow you to use a tapeless workflow (CF) and at the same time record HDV to tape (great for archiving or handing over to a client at the end of a day). The Z7 also shoots true 24p and has good low light performance, which is always a plus in documentary-style shooting.

All the cameras in the this relative price range have similar performance with different trade-offs. Look beyond the marketing spin at what you do and what you need your camera to do. The COW is a great place to research the various cameras, each having their own proponents. (Just remember, camera proponents aren't your clients...)


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Derek Antonio SerraRe: best camera for documentary style shooting?
by on Jun 23, 2008 at 8:33:08 am

I'd say for run and gun, which is what I do a lot of, the Sony Z1 or Z7 is a good bet. Shooting on tape is easy, with no archiving issues. The camera's are small and not too obtrusive, and image quality is fine, but not as good as that of the EX1 or HD1. Until the workflow for tapeless aquisition is more established, I'm sticking with tape, as I shoot around 20-30 hrs on average on a project.

Derek Antonio Serra
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Harry PallenbergRe: best camera for documentary style shooting?
by on Jun 23, 2008 at 4:56:15 pm

What Derek Antonio Serra said.... i really NEED to have an instant archive of my projects, and I do not consider hard drives to be archive.... Just last month I pulled footage off a 2inch tape from 1977! I love tape. The Z7 seems (I have not used it) to be the best of both worlds at this second... tomorrow might bring something new....

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Luke PearsonRe: best camera for documentary style shooting?
by on Jun 25, 2008 at 3:47:34 am

thanks for all the input guys. Its a lot of money, I just want to make sure I make a good decision.

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