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Mike Gondek
Canon XL2 -VS- Sony DCR-VX2100
on May 18, 2007 at 1:13:39 pm

Was looking to get a 3-CCD mini DV camera for my personal video and weekend freelance projects. Would love to hear your thoughts & opinions on these 2 cameras or others models in that price range.

Sony DCR-VX2100
Lux: 1
Pixels: 380K
530 Lines
CCD: 1/3"
WxHxD: 4 3⁄4" x 6 3⁄8" x 15 1⁄2
Time Interval Recording: Yes

Canon XL2 (60i)
Lux: 5.5
Pixels: 680K
525 Lines
CCD: 1/3"
WxHxD: 8.9" x 8.7" x 19.5"
Time Interval Recording: Yes

Size is important so the cameras fits in an overhead bin on plane. I taught an AE class for someone with a Conon XL1S, and immediately fell in love with the color/picture quality, and he had some night video of a streetlight and moon which came out great on the XL1. Sony looks better from Lux rating and physical size, but the Canon has more pixels. Are there some other features I should be looking at??? I would love to do some slow motion or time lapse stuff, what features should I look for, is 60i helpful?

Also anyone buy from http://www.bestpricecameras.com. I could get the camera alone from there and a battery & power supply from ebay, all for just under $1,000.


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Donald Berube
Re: Canon XL2 -VS- Sony DCR-VX2100
on May 19, 2007 at 3:24:18 pm

Careful, http://www.bestpricecameras.com has a horrible track record
http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Best_Price_Cameras_6

You are making a mistake if you buy from a reseller who is not authorized by Canon. For a list of Canon authorized resellers, go to:
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=WhereToBuyIndexAct

- don
http://www.bosfcpug.org
http://noisybrain.com


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Mike Gondek
Re: Canon XL2 -VS- Sony DCR-VX2100
on May 21, 2007 at 1:32:49 pm

Thanks Don for the reply. I think the link you submitted about bestpricecameras is true as I waited on hold to talk to them, they are very agressive in getting you to buy extras. They said the camera is out of stock and make no promise as to when it will arrive at that price.

Anyone have any feedback on the big difference in lux and pixels between the 2 cameras I mentioned.


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