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Frank Cervarich
Shopping for a new camera
on Jan 21, 2011 at 9:26:33 pm

My Panasonic DVX100A has finally died on me. I used it for clients (corporate and education) who could not afford a videographer. To land them I would delegate myself the videographer. I also used it for personal projects, one of which ran on a regional PBS station last year.

Going into this shopping process, I was thinking about the Sony EX1 but when I picked up the phone and started calling salespeople, each one suggested other models as more appropriate after I told them my use for the camera. They suggested the Panasonic HMC150, the Sony HXR-NX5U and the Panasonic AGHVX-200A.

All of the alternative suggestions are AVCHD cameras and have 1/3" sensors, I pointed out. The salespeople responded that I would never be able to see the difference.

It is true that these cameras cost considerably less than the EX1, which definitely has its attractions. But I've learned not to put my trust in the words of people trying to make a sale.

I need advice. What camera would you recommend for my purpose? Thank you in advance for whatever advice you may offer.


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Shopping for a new camera
on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:44:55 pm

HPX170 is a real value for the quality you get.
It has most of the pro features.

FWIW

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Steve Eisen
Re: Shopping for a new camera
on Jan 22, 2011 at 4:22:20 am

Panasonic has some great offers going on.

HPX-370 $2000 rebate.

That's your best bang for the buck!

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Shopping for a new camera
on Jan 22, 2011 at 11:48:13 am

Holy Crap!
I almost bought this cam 2 weeks ago.
This is an incredible deal.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Noah Kadner
Re: Shopping for a new camera
on Jan 22, 2011 at 5:13:07 pm

I'd also recommend the AF100- that's a pretty sweet cam.

Noah

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Sohrab Sandhu
Re: Shopping for a new camera
on Jan 22, 2011 at 9:48:11 pm

I don't think spending money on HVX-200 makes any sense or even HPX-170 for that matter. They both are pretty poor in low light.

I agree with Noah, go for Panasonic AF-100, but only if you fully understand this camera's advantages & limitations.

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Anthony Gutierrez
Re: Shopping for a new camera
on Jan 24, 2011 at 8:09:18 pm

I own an HVX200 P2 camera ($3,800)
you'll need a P2 reader/storage drive ($500-used, discontinued)
or digital storage device or multi-slot P2 card adapter or portable P2 editor/storage ($500-$4,500)
P2 cards ($400-$900each)
and editing software to read mxf ($?)

The production company I shoot for bought the NX5u - it's awesome! ($4,000) shoots to SDHC cards.. cheap and works well with both PC/Adobe CS5 and Mac/FCP
And now just bought a JCV HM100F ($2,800) shoots to SDHC.. cheaper and works well with both PC/Adobe CS5 and Mac/FCP

For my next camera the Panasonic AF100 is very appealing to me for 4/3 type image sensor. That's 13 times the size of comparably priced 1/3" sensors (and almost 4 times larger than the 2/3" chips found in cameras costing more than twice as much!!
The investiment I've already made in Zeiss primes and the SDHC media cheapness add icing to this visionary cake.

For the price of an EX1 ($6,200) and media ($700), you can get 2 JVCs and upgrade maybe your software for PC/Mac... OR you can buy my Panasonic HVX200, 3 16gig cards and Letus 35mm lense adapter and I will buy the AF100.

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Frank Cervarich
Re: Shopping for a new camera
on Jan 24, 2011 at 9:10:32 pm

I want to thank everyone who has responded to my original post. Your responses have been very thought provoking and have provided much insight. Thank you all again.



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