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#1 lmm

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 11:58 AM

Looking at Panasonic Varicam vs say a 950 from
Sony (DVCpro camera)... What in your opinions is the better camera and why?
Price is not necessarily a factor.

Thanks for any info you can provide.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 07:18 PM

They are just different. The Varicam is 720P and the F900 and F950 are 1080P, so it first depends on which you want or need to shoot. The Varicam is multi-frame rate too, up to 60P.
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Posted 22 March 2006 - 07:22 PM

Looking at Panasonic Varicam vs say a 950 from
Sony (DVCpro camera)... What in your opinions is the better camera and why?
Price is not necessarily a factor.

Thanks for any info you can provide.


Well you are comparing a camcoder with dedicated DVCPROHD recorder built-in to a camera head where you need to add a recorder, well have it dangling on a cable!

Varicam 10bit AD 1280x720 pixels recorded to 960x720 @8bit DVCPROHD.
Sony f950 12bit A/D 1920x1080 recorded 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 @10 bit onto say SRW1.

Also consider the Sony HDC1500.
It does 1920x1080 @60p 14bit A/D which can be recorded 4:2:2 10bit on SR.

Viper, 1280x720 60p or 1920x1080 @30p can also be recorded onto SR @ 10bit.

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#4 Arni Heimir

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 04:21 PM

Could I shoot with the Viper but record it with the Sony SRW-1 Recorder? In 24p?
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#5 Brian Wells

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 04:41 PM

This topic has been discussed ad nauseam... Please, do a search on the difference between cameras. Better yet, Why not go to a facility and do some tests of your own? That's the only way to know for sure.
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Posted 13 June 2006 - 05:31 PM

Could I shoot with the Viper but record it with the Sony SRW-1 Recorder? In 24p?


Yes in 24p, 25p 30p and 720 60p, 422 or 444 HQ SQ ect ect



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