Buying a camera---help me , DV or HDV
Posted 18 October 2005 - 12:31 AM
Posted 18 October 2005 - 12:41 AM
Posted 18 October 2005 - 05:46 AM
Hi , Im in the middle of buying a DV Camera, and my friends have tell me not to get the HDV (HVR-Z1) but to get a plane DVX100a , the thing is that I have worked with the DvX and I liked it and since Im making the investment Im thinking about just trowind two thousand more and get the HVR-Z1 , can somedy that have worked with the two cameras give me some advice because I havent get close to the HVR-Z1
The only difference is that they have a native 16:9 CCD, wich is better than the ones that use 4:3 letterboxed to give you the 16:9 aspect.
I guess better resolution for the 16:9 CCD.
Posted 18 October 2005 - 06:04 AM
Posted 20 October 2005 - 03:42 PM
I can tell you when comparing the two images side by side it is like night and day. the DVX is SD which causes lots of problems when you go to project it bigger than 40"
The FX1 (I know you are considering the HVR-Z1, but i beleive the CMOS sensor and the lense are similar.) the resolution is AMAZING. if you want to check out screenshots of my newest feature go to the 'in prodution' section and check out my post 'bee keepers day 1&2.
The resolution is enough to tip the scales way in favor of the HDV cams. evn at 720p the resolution is amazing. The lense is similar in quality to the DVX, though I have found less vinetting with the HVRs. The CMOS also provides better exposure lattitude. I havent done tests but it seams to handle an extra stop or two, and the highlights still show detail.
Like I said I have the FX1, which doesnt have XLR inputs. still for me its worth it to shoot the HVR and record sound seperatley to a recording mixer and sync it up in post. With the Z1 you wont have to make that compromise.
I would however recomend as sorensend did, the HD-100U. The lense is more professional and gives me greater confidence in its focusing ability and in general the quality of that lense seems of higher quality than the sonys. and even if its not, you can pull it off and replace it with a better lense. It also offers true 24p shooting (something the HVRs dont do, and even the DVX has a weak roundabout way to get to 24p recording)
bottom line, go with an HDV camera. they arent much more expensive, but you will be kicking yourself in the teeth lateron if you dont.
Posted 20 October 2005 - 08:46 PM
1080p, solid state memory.
Posted 21 October 2005 - 03:17 PM
just my opinion
Posted 24 December 2005 - 03:34 AM
Posted 24 December 2005 - 11:22 AM
A typical film shoot usually shoots about an hour of footage per day afterall, maybe double that on some days.
No, the P2 card is part of the camera just like the flash memory card in your digital still camera -- if you shoot digital stills for a client, you'd don't hand them your CF card, do you? No, you download the shots and burn it onto a CD or something, or transfer it to their firewire drive.
It's just a radically different way of handing footage than tapes. You can't think of the cost per tape = "x" minutes versus cost of P2 card = "x" minutes, since the P2 cards are reusable and only a temporary storage device. I bought my memory card when I bought my digital still camera, and at the time, it seemed like an expensive card, just to hold a couple hundred photos or so - but two years later, I haven't had to buy a second card.
Posted 24 December 2005 - 02:39 PM
Also what hasn't been mentioned for Mike is his post production situation.
Right now basically any modern computer and NLE can edit DV. But that's not the case at all with HDV.
You need a pretty beefy computer to decode HDV, and mostly only professional NLE systems can edit HDV.
Posted 05 January 2006 - 08:32 PM