I want a simple HD camcorder like the sony HDR HC3.(but it might not be) This one is listed on the hardware comptability page on their web site, and now difficult to find. Why not the HDR HC5 camcorder capture interface? use with FCP studio 2. sony? Panasonic? Can anyone suggest a quality camera with NO problems with FCP. I did try a Avchid, and could not get it to see the camcorder, cos it had no firewire socket??? I want no work arounds, just plug and play/capture etc. HD format Thanks Anita
I'm no expert with these but from what I've read they do a good job for the price. The AG-HSC1U is considered the "industrial version" and it differs from the consumer version in 3 ways:
1> it is Black instead of silver
2> it comes with a 40 GB portable hard drive (which B&H sells separately for $170.00)
3> it costs about $1000.00 more that the consumer version.
These cams record to s flash memory card which can be plugged into a USB card reader and loaded to the computer. They record mp4 compressed HD at 1920X1080. This model has 3 1/4" ccd's while the new ones have 1/6" ccd's.
I think the consumer version is this one: HDC-SD1 and it should be the same inside except for the above noted differences. My niece just bought one a month ago for $999.99. new.
Panasonic uses ccd's while sony and canon use cmos chips. I have heard of problems with cmos chips causing wavey lines and problems with images when the camera is moving.
This is the consumer one I think but check to see if it has the 1/4"ccd's and uses flash memory for recording. (I would stay away from dvd disc recording) Make sure it is AVCHD.
Thanks .. I did try the Panasonic HDC-SD1 Thats the camera I could not get to work. Partly because it had no fire wire connection, so it could not capture. So I got my money back.. Lovely camcorder though. Although I have version 6.01, FCP could not read the video files, but the still images were fine. Whatever camera I get, I think it is best to get a firewire connection. Anita