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Glenn Grant
hpx 370
on Jun 23, 2011 at 9:19:26 pm

The HPX 370 seems like a great camera and with the $2000.00 discount it's an awesome price. But it makes be wonder if the next greatest thing is right around the corner.

I am looking to upgrade my Sony HDV, but I could wait two or three months. I am new to panasonic and I don't know how to read the tea leaves. I just don't want to be missing something that is obvious to everyone else.

Cheers!


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Steve Eisen
Re: hpx 370
on Jun 24, 2011 at 2:50:43 am

You missed the new cameras that were announced at NAB in April 2001. If there is something new, which I do not believe, it will be at IBC.

http://www.panasonic-broadcast.com/en/NAB2011.php

None of those new cameras will be shipping until the fall.

HPX-370 is a great shoulder mount camera.

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


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Chris Tompkins
Re: hpx 370
on Jun 24, 2011 at 10:54:38 am

Rent it first.

It is a CMos chip camera and it has it's limitations for sure.

I've owned many professional, full size camera's over the years and this one disappoints.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Glenn Grant
Re: hpx 370
on Jun 24, 2011 at 4:16:06 pm

Thanks Chris,

Good advice about renting it first.

The CMOS ship doesn't excite me, but I have heard Panasonic has managed to get a great picture out if it. But I always want to hear the down side. Is there anything specific you found disappointing?

I have a Sony Z1 and for home I have a HMC-40, so I see this has moving up a step or two as it will be my first full size camera.

Cheers,
Glenn


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Glenn Grant
Re: hpx 370
on Jun 24, 2011 at 4:11:11 pm

Thank you Steve. Nothing out of NAB seemed like a better option than the 370. and I guess if the new stuff still isn't shipping, anything else is still a long way out.


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Chris Tompkins
Re: hpx 370
on Jun 24, 2011 at 5:26:03 pm

There are SO MANY things to love about this camera. It does make a beautiful picture.

24p and 30p are unusable if you are panning - in my opinion. Bad stuttering.

I was panning a room with many monitors just yesterday in 1080i_60i mode. And the image has jaggies galore, details blur when you pan. It's just sub-par IMO.

I find 60i and 60p to be the best. I have shot interviews in 24 and 30p and that is fine. It's the panning and movement that is falls apart.

I really hope they Greatly improve the cmos technology.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Glenn Grant
Re: hpx 370
on Jun 24, 2011 at 8:26:21 pm

Thank Chris,

I certainly need to get my hands on one before I buy it. I will be using this hand held outdoors, and will need to pan quickly to keep up with the action.


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Tom Matthies
Re: hpx 370
on Jun 26, 2011 at 8:31:23 pm

The stuttering when panning at 24fps isn't a problem with the camera. It's the format itself. When I shot film, the same issue existed. You just learned that you cannot do fast pans at that frame rate. Basic cinematography here.
I've found that this camera delivers a lot of bang for the buck. I'd challenge anyone to find another camera with the features of the HVX-370 at the same price point. Is it as good as a Sony SR-9000 camcorder? Probably not. Does it cost over 60K? Nope.

E=MC2+/-2db


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Chris Tompkins
Re: hpx 370
on Jun 26, 2011 at 8:44:37 pm

I find the 370 falls short in 30p or 60p as well.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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