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#1 Joe Swinehart

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 08:18 AM

I was wondering if the Panasonic AG-HVX200 was worth buying. I have about 20 projects to shoot (in a 1-2 year time span) and I would like a good HD camera.

Should I be looking for something different?
What are the major flaws of this camera?

The editing software I am using is final cut pro. Should I be worried about incompatibility problems?
Last Question: should I buy a new shotgun mic to go with it (if so, what would you recommend)
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 05:19 PM

compatibility will be fine... though personally i'd recommend a slightly better/newer camera (or wait for the HPX 170.)
i know i like the PMWex-1 from sony myself. Might be worth looking into.
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#3 Michael Belanger

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 06:30 PM

I was planning on an HVX-200 for a series of HD projects as well, but switched to the Sony PMW-EX1 when it became available.
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#4 Kenn Christenson

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 04:54 PM

There will probably be people who disagree with me, but I'd recommend one of the newer generation HD cameras over the HVX. The HVX DOES make nice images, but the resolution is barely above the look of uprezzed SD video. I've been shooting with the HVX and it's BIG brother the HPX-500 for over a year now - 2 years on the HVX, so I've had a little experience with them.

As has been mentioned - the EX1 looks like an excellent camera - I'd buy one myself, if it wasn't for the Scarlet coming out next year - maybe. I'll be renting until then.
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 04:55 PM

If you're round philadelphia you're welcome to rent my EX1 :) .
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#6 Bill Totolo

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 02:34 AM

If you're round philadelphia you're welcome to rent my EX1 :) .

Ditto for LA.
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#7 Jay Rodriguez

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 09:21 AM

I wouldn't say "the resolution is barely above the look of uprezzed SD video"... that's a huge down play on the images that the HVX produces.

I personally own the HPX170 and say that you won't be disappointed in this camera.
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 02:03 PM

<_<

Video cameras are always a tricky thing to consider buying because of how fast technology changes. We can now be talking about HD and most likely HD will be crap in 2010 because Ultra HD could come out then HD ultra ultra will come out after and so far so on.
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 02:18 PM

I wouldn't say "the resolution is barely above the look of uprezzed SD video"... that's a huge down play on the images that the HVX produces.

I personally own the HPX170 and say that you won't be disappointed in this camera.


The HPX-170 has improved resolution and low light performance tho.

Also the HMC-150 is now availble as a budget option too (basically the same camera head as HPX-170) which has the big advantage of using compact flash instead of P2 but the big downside of an avchd workflow.

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