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#1 Rory Lorton

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 07:41 AM

Hi all,

Sorry about this question but I was asked to do some research on cameras and I figured this would be the best place to start.

basically, my boss had a brand new sony hvr-z1 but there was a little accident (nothing to do with me thankfully!) and it got dropped in the sea. Luckily, the insurance company are going to pay up so we're looking for a new camera.

Price range should be something similar (?4500/$6000) and quality has to be pretty good, and certainly in some digital format, whether it be to tapes or one of those direct to hard drive recorders.

Any suggestions,
Thanks a mill
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#2 David Bradley

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 08:36 AM

I would go for the Z1E again, its a great little camera.

sony PD-170 perhaps

The canon XL2 isn't bad either.

panasonics AG-HVX200 is also a good camera.

Could you be more specific as to what the uses of the camera might be.

Will it be ENG interlaced video style? narrative film?

For ENG or factual stuff he probably won't mind interlaced DV cameras in which case you could probably do with a the PD-170 which I have seen advertised for as little as £1800, this could also save you some money because its cheaper than a Z1E. If your shooting narrative your employer might prefer a proggressive frame rate for a more filmic look, in which case the canon XL2 and AG-HVX200 provide both inerlaced and proggressive frame rates. If he is looking to acquire in High def then go with the Z1E again, if he can push the budget up at all I would go for a Canon XL-H1 but in terms of features its not that much better than the Z1E.

If he can afford more still then I would advise the JVC GY-HD200U. Its a progressive 3ccd HDV camcorder that can record in PAL (50i 25p) NTSC (60i 30p) and Cine style (24p).

Hope that helps a bit
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#3 Thomas James

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 10:53 AM

I would forget 1080i because it is an interlaced format. The future is progressive so I would get a Panasonic HVX200 or a JVC GY-HD200 which features a full progressive capture up to 50 frames per second which makes it excellent for ENG or cinematography.
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#4 Rory Lorton

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 12:12 PM

Thanks for those answers guys, that's lots of stuff to go back to her with.

And it would be primarily be used for documentary, and even more specifically TV documentary (talking heads and the occasional location shot), so nothing too difficult, I guess.

Thanks again, that's really helpful.

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#5 Ralph Oshiro

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 07:47 PM

IMHO, the JVC HD110 gives you the best bang for the buck in 1/3" HD. The HVX200 is nice, but the P2 workflow may not be well suited to your application.
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