More cameras, more features, more choices–here’s a recap of how we got from a one-camera HDV market to a wealth of choices, and a breakdown of how the models differ from one another and the features of each that serve the event videographer best.
The days of HDV being a one-horse race are long behind us. It’s been less than two years since Sony launched the HDR-FX1 and made HDV viable for videographers, but the days when JVC’s GR-HD1 was the only game in town—and a single-CCD, losing game at that—seem like eons ago. The hot handheld market just received a new batch of HD camcorders with the slew of IBC announcements, and, with one more on the way from Panasonic, the selection of prosumer HD camcorders has become quite bountiful.
Try to think all the way back to the summer of 2006, when we had only about five different models of HDV and prosumer HD camcorders. We had the venerable Sony HDR-FX1 and HVR-Z1U; the flexible Panasonic AG-HVX200; the diminutive and consumerish Sony HDR-HC1 and HVR-A1U; and two much bigger models, the Canon XL H1 and JVC’s GY-HD100U
Choosing an HDV Camera DMN Buyers Guide By Heath McKnight
Heath McKnight discusses HDV camcorders from JVC, Sony and Canon
The HDV (high definition video) format is certainly a new technology, only 3 years old and already in the second generation of cameras (the Sony HVR-V1U and HDR-FX7, and the JVC GY-HD100 come to mind), but it was widely adopted much faster than even the perennial mini-dv format, which is still actively used. As such, accessories, non-linear support and more came fairly quickly. But there are still many who haven’t decided to test the waters, or take the plunge into the new world of high definition. We hope to help you understand HDV before diving in.
This article’s goal is to help with your decision of what camera is right for you. We’ll be taking a look at the many models offered by JVC, Sony and Canon (the fourth company that supports HDV, Sharp, has yet to release a unit, over three years after joining the others), and giving you enough information to help you make a solid decision.