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Donal McTucker
VC GY-HD100u or Panasonic HMC150
on Jul 10, 2009 at 1:33:24 am

Hello,

I am looking for a well rounded camera for event and anything in between shooting. I like the idea of solid state so I am very interested in the JVC GY-HD100u and the Panasonic HMC150. I have heard of issues with certain JVC Cameras, so I am somewhat hesitant. I have a budget of $3500. All the salesman say don't bother with mini DV which I have been using for years. Which of the two is the more professional and versatile? I know JVC has quicktime format for FCP which is great. But the small chip in it could really effect low light situations. Have to make a decision very soon so any advice is welcomed.

Thanks....


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Walter Davis
Re: VC GY-HD100u or Panasonic HMC150
on Jul 10, 2009 at 8:46:10 pm

Just got the JVC GY-HD100U and it's great. Shooting in 10801 I'm a FCP user and it's great to load the clips directly into FCP without any transcoding. I also use Adobe Premiere CS4. So switching to Mpeg4 to edit into premiere is a breeze also. Again no transcoding.As far as ergonomics goes the GY is slightly smaller that the HMC150 and lighter also battery life is about the same. I also have a JVC GY 110 HD camera and haven't any problems out of JVC cmaeras.


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Steven Bradford
Re: VC GY-HD100u or Panasonic HMC150
on Jul 13, 2009 at 5:35:33 am

Both of these cameras use 1/3" chips by the way. I'd try to demo each one. The great advantage of the JVC is the interchangeable lens. You're more likely to find a good price on it, since it's a discontinued camera.

And yes, the tape drive can be a problem on JVCs.

Steven Bradford
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Steven Bradford
Re: VC GY-HD100u or Panasonic HMC150
on Jul 13, 2009 at 5:37:59 am

PS-- I'd take a close look at the new JVC GY HM100U, which is more directly comparable to the Panasonic.

Steven Bradford
http://www.3dstereomedia.com 3D company I've worked with since 1990
http://www.seanet.com/~bradford/ my personal home page, find my greenscreen page there.
http://www.seattlefilminstitute.com the school I teach at.


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Donal McTucker
Re: VC GY-HD100u or Panasonic HMC150
on Jul 14, 2009 at 2:42:43 am

The new JVC GY-HM100U Compact Handheld camcorder. That was the one I was referring to. The lenses are not interchangeable. The fixed lens makes me ask if that will be an issue for any free lance work. Short film wise yes that would be I know of course. But otherwise?
I am again trying to buy the most compatible camera for event work and everything in between.
Should I go with the new compact JVC or say, the Sony HVR-V1U for compatibility and options? The FCP native format of the JVC is very tempting after I just finished a log and batch capture of an hour of HD off miniDV.


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Jeff Romais
Re: VC GY-HD100u or Panasonic HMC150
on Jul 22, 2009 at 2:38:30 pm

I use the GY-HD100u and it produces wonderful 720p images. The sound capture also can be compressed so you don't lose the peaks. I recommend using a hard drive that allows to record in multiple formats like quicktime, dv50, m2t, et al.
It is not good on low light situations where you have to crank up the gain above 9db. The camera system gets really big once you add a pro battery system and a matte box with rails, but the results are really sweet. Good luck.


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