I shoot medical shows using my Panasonic HPX500 in DVCPRO50 at the moment. (probably going to shoot 720 or 1080 soon with the same cam)
One of the doctors wants to purchase a camera so he can have his assistant shoot some video of things that happen when I'm not there to add into the show.
I don't think the assistant is a professional videographer like myself so he was looking at some very inexpensive camcorders to do the job. (some of them being Sony's hdr-sr12, hdr-xr200v, hdr-ux20 & canon's vixia hf11, vixia hf10, vixia hg21)
I don't think any of these will do for numerous reasons.
Does anyone have any other cameras in mind? I want something that will be comparable to DVCPRO50 for now until I switch to HD.
I'm guessing that one will say the AG-HPX170 or AG-HVX200A but I think these might be out of the price range once you add on p2 cards or external hard drive.
I'd like to keep it as a hard drive camera because I don't have an hdv deck, just a drive for my p2 cards.
Well, I'd highly recommend the HPX-170 or HVX-200 as the B-camera. Keeping the format the same and the brand the same is HUGE. Sure, you might save money in production if you use an HDV camera, but it might end up costing you more in post with conversion and color correction.
YEah at least get an HMC150. Different format but at least semi comparable in terms of camera settings and possible looks. Jumping over to HDV pretty much guarantees you'll be spending a *ton* of time in post converting formats and trying to match color, etc.
Well it's easily downconverted. But if you want SD DVCPRO50 you want an HVX200. That would make a perfect B-cam to your 500. Though not exactly a cheapo cam. Then again you could look for a used model. They age really well.