Which camera is right for me?
Posted 11 September 2006 - 02:52 PM
I've narrowed the selection to the Canon XL2 and the Sony HVR-Z1U. I know this is a popular subject, and support is strong on both sides, but I really want to know what is right FOR ME! What I want is a versitile camera that will last through college, film school, and into a professional career (the beginning of one, anyway). I guess my biggest concern is whether or not I'll be at a disadvantage by not having the HDV.
Please tell me, for a student who is still trying to find exactly where he wants to go in film, and needs a camera that'll get him there, which is the wiser option?
Posted 11 September 2006 - 04:22 PM
Posted 11 September 2006 - 05:47 PM
I guess my biggest question is whether or not I will, as a student, be at any disadvantage for not having HDV. Thoughts?
Posted 12 September 2006 - 12:30 AM
Okay, it has a fixed lens, but can you afford to rent lens? or buy them? you can add attachments on to the sony for much cheaper that look good if you need more telephoto or wide. All broadcasting is going HD eventually -- DVD are starting to offer HD DVD's, HD tv's are getting cheaper -- compressor is encoding Hd for DVD -- the world is going that way, you want to go with 'em. I just shot a music video with a DoP that insisted on making me B cam so he could get his own operator for his DVX-100A -- He was a horrible DoP - refused to shoot tests. I'm cutting it for the client -- I'm going to have to de-saturate my footage to meet his shitty color space. I shot in DVCAM too -- it's down converting an HD signal so even the NTSC looks better. It handles color amazingly well -- don't let 'em tell you it's not true HD, cause it is. It's a great camera. I've shot on the XL1, ounce, I'd go HDV -- maybe the cannon HDV? I'm sure that's a nice camera and you can change the lens -- if you've got the cash! Hope that helped.
Posted 12 September 2006 - 09:47 AM
I think, however, that the XL2 is right for me. It seems to have the best features for what I want.
Are there any final statements that I might consider (serious hinderances I should consider)?
Posted 13 September 2006 - 09:12 AM
The only disadvantage you will find is that it isn't HDV. Which, depending on your opinion of HDV, might not be that big a disadvantage at all. I have been remarkably underwhelmed by the HDV footage I've seen.