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Dexter Brockhurst
Is anyone using the new HPX-171 yet?
on Mar 18, 2009 at 11:05:53 am

Does anyone have actual hands-on shooting experience of the new 171 yet?

The decent review over on PanasonicPro-User reckon it's a leap forward from its predecessor IQ wise and that the ergonomics work well. Aside from some nice shorts (south of france is looking good right now), including a short made in Marseille very recently by Rick, what else is out there? Any views/experiences? Any other links?

I'm expecting it to have the usual DoF limitations from that size of chip, but I've been impressed by what I've heard so far: anyone got more info?



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Dexter Brockhurst
Re: Is anyone using the new HPX-171 yet?
on Mar 18, 2009 at 2:11:22 pm

The link to the Marseille short film was wrong in my recent post (one character misspelt) . Here is the correct link to the footage from the HPX-171 film shot in Marseille recently. Sorry for the error.
Dexter


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Michael Sacci
Re: Is anyone using the new HPX-171 yet?
on Mar 18, 2009 at 4:25:57 pm

That is some great footage.

I have used the HVX200 for a while and just used the 170 a couple of times. FIrst difference is the weight, so much lighter without the tape deck.

Main difference, better chip (especially in low light)
wider angle on lens (con- shorter tele)
HD/SD SDI out
LCD Viewfinder has scopes and a nice little focus assist on it

If you liked the 200 you will like the 170 (171) even better.



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Shane Ross
Re: Is anyone using the new HPX-171 yet?
on Mar 18, 2009 at 5:11:47 pm

I have used the NTSC version, the 170. Yeah, it is lighter, performs better in low light, by a half a stop, HD SDI out is huge, full sized firewire out is huge, so now you can use this as a bridge to get your signal out to an HD monitor. Three focus assists, lens goes a tad wider than the other models, even the new 200A.



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Dexter Brockhurst
Re: Is anyone using the new HPX-171 yet?
on Mar 18, 2009 at 5:27:01 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys. I was interested to hear about low light performance; the Marseille footage doesn't really give an impression of what it can do under low light conditions.


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Michael Sacci
Re: Is anyone using the new HPX-171 yet?
on Mar 19, 2009 at 6:33:31 am

Low light - the key word is better THAN the original 200. It still suffers from a small chip. This camera still wants well light scenes.



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Dan Brockett
Re: Is anyone using the new HPX-171 yet?
on Mar 18, 2009 at 6:05:37 pm

Hi Dexter:

I have a lot of experience with the HVX200 and the HPX170. You may find this to be a helpful read if you really want the nitty gritty details of the 170/171: http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/hpx_170_evolution_brockett.html

It is a great camera, I am in the midst of shooting a project that you may be hearing about in the industry trades on the HPX170 and the HPX300.

Enjoy!

Dan

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Dexter Brockhurst
Re: Is anyone using the new HPX-171 yet?
on Mar 19, 2009 at 9:05:53 am

thanks for that. some of the other guys around here use varicams for some of their TV work, and they remind me that you'll never get the sort of lo-light capability they can with the sort of small chips in 171/170 class cams. it's worth keeping things in perspective. cheers




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Dexter Brockhurst
Re: Is anyone using the new HPX-171 yet?
on Mar 19, 2009 at 9:30:50 am

Dan, I've just read your review. A lot of detail and really helpful. Thanks. Dexter


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Dan Brockett
Re: Is anyone using the new HPX-171 yet?
on Mar 20, 2009 at 12:49:09 am

Hiya:

Glad you found it helpful. I just did a shoot this morning with my 170, an EMT Fire rescue exercise for the city of LA. Beautiful footage, shot a lot of 48 and 60fps, it just looks awesome. Highly recommend this camera.

Dan

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