I've been shooting with a DVX100B all this time and I think I'm going to be upgrading to the Hvx200A for aspect ratio, dynamic range and dof. However I read in a previous post that the HVX200a only does 1080i and 720p. I thought I had read several times that it shoot In variable frame rates at 1080p including 24p and 30p. I was planing to shoot mostly in 1080p 10 bit on P2 and DVC-Pro. So does it actually shoot in 1080p format?
The HVX-200a is a DVCPRO HD camera. It shoots DVCPRO HD, which is an 8-bit format, at either 1080i (1280x1080 anamorphic), or 720p (960x720) to P2. It also shoots DVCPRO 50 and DV to P2, and has a tape drive that only shoots DV.
The VARIABLE FRAME RATES are only available in 720p mode, as that is the 60 frame mode. 1080i is a 29.97 frame rate. So with 720p, you can shoot 60fps, 48, 36, 30, 24, 12, 6...and more if you upload hacked scene files. But not many NLE's deal with the odd frame rates, like 36 and 12. You can slow down the 720p60 in post, or you can set the camera to record slow motion right to the card if you set it right.
1080i is always 29.97, but you can shoot 24pA and FCP will remove pulldown to get you to 23.98. It does not shoot 60fps in 1080 mode. It also shoots 1080p30, and 720p 30PN.
I went from the DVX100 to the HVX200 and then to the "A". The camera as mentioned is not known for DOF. Through certain workarounds like opening the iris, subject to camera distance, and focal length you can get that certain look.But it is hard with 1/3 inch cameras.
As far as dynamic range, the cinegamma setting helps to achieve that look but of course it doesnt mean it has a very dynamic range in terms of stops.
Im currently shooting a feature film on the "A" model and have been very pleased.