I am planning to buy an HD camera in near future and since I am not a videographer, I'd like to hear your advice. I am a news producer-turned-video editor and want to start filming as well. I did quite a lot of research about camcorders and chose a few models that I think will fit my criteria but would like to have my choices confirmed by professionals.
I am planning to use the camera mainly for shooting 1. weddings and other events, and 2.news features, maybe short documentaries.
The camera needs to be:
under 2000 in British Pound (ideally including memory cards)
with professional audio
good low light performance
FCP workflow friendly codec
good resolution LCD screen
I have been looking at Canon XF100, Canon XA10, Sony HXR-NX70U NXCAM Compact Camcorder, Panasonic AG-HPX170 P2 HD camcorder and Panasonic AG-HMC150.
So, the question is which one of these is the best..? I favour the Panasonic AG-HPX170 P2, also because I purchased the Calibrated mxf which enables me to edit in FCP with the mxf files straight from the p2 cards.
Also heard the AVCHD codec is not FCP friendly - any ideas on the workflow there?
The other thing is that from what I heard some of the sony cameras have a weird positioning of manual control buttons, so that would also be a factor.
I have two options - or to buy a second hand Panasonic AG-HPX170 P2\ Canon XF100 or to buy one of the other, cheaper models, but brand new.
Very intrigued by the Canon XA10 - but not sure it meets my requirements.
I don't understand much about sensors on the models I chose, so maybe you have any advice on that as well.
Any insights will be greatly appreciated.
I’m cross-posting this on Sony and Panasonic forum.