I'm a student looking for a camera to practice on, film shorts, docs, and projects. I'm looking for something inexpensive considering I'll be upgrading in a few years after I get a better grasp of whats out there and what direction I want to go into.
I've pretty much narrowed it down to the DVX100. I'ved used the 100b from my school and it seems like a nice camera (although its the only 'prosumer' camera i've used). It seems to get reviews of being a solid camera, and also looks to be the cheapest.
Are there any big differences between the dvx100 and the dvx100a. I know they have different features so are any of them worth the extra $? Is the quality the same on both? They're about 300 - 400 bucks apart used on ebay and I was wondering if its worth spending an extra $400 when I could instead spend that extra money on a mic, or tripod, or etc.
Also is there anything I should look for when buying used? I know they have a hour meter...whats considered low, med, or high?
Or should I go in another direction?
Whats the difference between the 16:9 squeeze the dvx100a has and the adapter you can get with it? I know that with the dvx (correct me if i'm wrong) you can either do 16:9 letter box or 16:9 and it will squeeze then go to 16:9 in post.
So whats the adapter (AG-LA7200G) doing? Is the quality better?
Well the adaptor is one less thing to buy/break if you do squeeze and it looks about the same. The DVX100 original only has letterbox-= that's 4:3 with black bars on the top and bottom not a true electronically squeezed 16:9 frame.