We've been shooting for a few years now on our Sony XDCAM PDW-F355s, and we've never been terribly impressed with the images. Darks seem very noisy to us with no gain turned on, and we have not been able to clean it up. We're shooting in HD HQ 35mbps.
We've got a few SoundDevices PIX240 external recorders, that I'm going to try capturing the HD-SDI signal with in Avid DNxHD.
What are other people's thoughts about the noise? I've shot on Panasonic DVCPRO HD and the images are significantly cleaner, and the price point is lower.
Essex Television Group