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Ryan Pratzel
Re: Need advice on purchasing
on Jul 20, 2010 at 12:27:45 am

Dennis-

If you have the money, I would go with the 500. I own a 500 and we love it at my shop. With that said, it's a much bigger investment than the 300 or 370. We bought HD glass that cost us more than the camera. While the 500 is no Varicam, it shoots beautiful HD footage. My camera lives most of the time at 720p 24pN.

In terms of codecs, DVCPRO HD is a rock solid legacy HD codec. It would be nice if the 500 shot AVC-INTRA, but my Panasonic rep tells me that's not going to happen.

Also, think about who your client base is and which camera will better serve your needs. Our rule: buy gear that meets 80% of your needs and rent for the other 20%. This keeps us from spending money where it's not necessary.



Ryan Pratzel
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Creative Liquid Productions
http://www.CreativeLiquid.com



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