Jump to content


Photo

need some advice


  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 Natalie Saito

Natalie Saito
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 107 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Los Angeles

Posted 08 September 2006 - 07:10 PM

hey i've been looking into buying a prosumer dv camera for my projects. i've checked out the Panasonic DVX100A. If you know the camera well please tell me the pros and cons. it's more affordable than the xl2 but is it as good in terms of features and image quality? I hope to get a camera that's good for beginning filmmakers like myself. fresh in film school so still got plenty to learn. thanks!
  • 0

#2 Joshua Provost

Joshua Provost
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 71 posts
  • Cinematographer

Posted 15 September 2006 - 03:46 PM

It's a great camera and has been used to make many award winning features and shorts. Generally it's said to have a more "organic" film look than the Canon, which is super sharp and high-res, and I've found this to be true. It's got pretty much every feature you could want. It has better exposure latitude and low light than the Canon. The B model has the least noise of the whole line, while the A model has the most.

Cons are no interchangable lens and no true 16:9 CCD, but The DVX Squeeze mode is very good.

FWIW, you might get different answers in a Canon forum. :)
  • 0

#3 Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams
  • Sustaining Members
  • 4708 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Europe

Posted 15 September 2006 - 03:57 PM

Cons are no interchangable lens and no true 16:9 CCD, but The DVX Squeeze mode is very good.



Hi,

FWIW the vario focal fixed lenses out perform interchangeable lenses by such a wide margin it's a bonus.

Unless you are going to spend $25000 on an HD zoom I don't see any advantage of interchangable lenses.

Stephen
  • 0

#4 Stuart Brereton

Stuart Brereton
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 3345 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Los Angeles

Posted 15 September 2006 - 04:27 PM

FWIW the vario focal fixed lenses out perform interchangeable lenses by such a wide margin it's a bonus.



Stephen, maybe I'm misunderstanding you, but are you saying the fixed lenses on the DVX are better than the Canon glass? If so, I have to disagree! The Canon lenses are far better than any fixed lens on a prosumer camera.

I've shot with both cameras and have always hated the DVX. I don't like the design, and I find the pictures vastly inferior to the XL2.

I'm not trying to start an argument here, these are just my opinions...
  • 0

#5 andybiz_2005

andybiz_2005

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 8 posts
  • Camera Operator

Posted 26 October 2006 - 09:10 AM

The DVX100A is a good camera to use, but the newer DVX100B is even better at shooting better-quality low-light footage. Also, much of the hazardous chemicals that went into constructing the 100A has been fully taken out of the newer 100B, which makes the 100B more environmentally friendly.

If you want to shoot better low-light, I'll have to admit that Sony PD170, or FX1E does this best. If you want true progressive footage, then the DVX100A/100B is for you as the Canon XL2 doesn't record full progressive frames, only a simulated version of progressive. That's why they say 24f on the Canon XL2.

No doubt the DVX has a fixed lens, but it is a really wide lens. Panasonic chose a super wide lens compared to a telephoto lens (that the Canon XL2 excels at). It's a trade-off between wide angle lens versus zoom lens. Yes, the DVX has native 4:3 aspect ration CCDs, while the Canon XL2 has native 16:9 aspect ratio CCDs. I don't think the "squeeze" mode on the DVX100A/100B is that good, because some resolution is lost.
  • 0


Aerial Filmworks

Rig Wheels Passport

CineLab

Abel Cine

Tai Audio

CineTape

FJS International, LLC

Broadcast Solutions Inc

rebotnix Technologies

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Visual Products

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

Wooden Camera

The Slider

Glidecam

Paralinx LLC

Ritter Battery

Willys Widgets

Metropolis Post

Technodolly

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

The Slider

Metropolis Post

Willys Widgets

rebotnix Technologies

Glidecam

CineTape

Tai Audio

Paralinx LLC

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

CineLab

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Wooden Camera

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

Rig Wheels Passport

Abel Cine

Visual Products

Ritter Battery

Technodolly

Aerial Filmworks

FJS International, LLC

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS