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Need advice on purchasing
Need advice on purchasing
by Dennis Bungay on Jul 18, 2010 at 10:51:11 am

Hi guys I am planning to buy an HPX370 or HPX500 which do you think will be the best cam that I could purchase.

HPX370 got only 1/3" lens while the HPX500 got the 2/3" lens and most of our cameras are 2/3" and we have some various of lenses that are 2/3".

Hope you could help me point to the right direction.

And also would you know any store in LA that I could purchase it on a sunday since we I'm planning to use it on Monday morning.

Thanks

Dennis




Re: Need advice on purchasing
by jeremey shelton on Jul 18, 2010 at 2:58:01 pm

My .02: If you've already got lenses and accessories for 2/3" cams it might make for a simple transition to the HPX500. Based on the existing equipment, and if cost is not a factor, I'd go for the 2/3" HPX500.





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Re: Need advice on purchasing
by Dennis Bungay on Jul 18, 2010 at 5:54:00 pm

But in terms of quality specially the codec? and also they said that HPX500 shots are so soft.. Is that true?




Re: Need advice on purchasing
by Michael Sacci on Jul 19, 2010 at 3:41:37 am

Who is "they"


Re: Need advice on purchasing
by Noah Kadner on Jul 19, 2010 at 10:07:17 pm

Oh you know- they- the anonymous HPX500 image sharpness experts group...

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Re: Need advice on purchasing
by Ryan Pratzel on Jul 20, 2010 at 12:27:45 am

Dennis-

If you have the money, I would go with the 500. I own a 500 and we love it at my shop. With that said, it's a much bigger investment than the 300 or 370. We bought HD glass that cost us more than the camera. While the 500 is no Varicam, it shoots beautiful HD footage. My camera lives most of the time at 720p 24pN.

In terms of codecs, DVCPRO HD is a rock solid legacy HD codec. It would be nice if the 500 shot AVC-INTRA, but my Panasonic rep tells me that's not going to happen.

Also, think about who your client base is and which camera will better serve your needs. Our rule: buy gear that meets 80% of your needs and rent for the other 20%. This keeps us from spending money where it's not necessary.



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Re: Need advice on purchasing
by Steve Eisen on Jul 20, 2010 at 5:33:39 pm

Go for the 500. I've been using it for over 2 years.

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Re: Need advice on purchasing
by Dennis Bungay on Jul 21, 2010 at 5:26:53 am

Thanks guys for all the advice.. Appreciate it.. :)







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