I have a Canon XH-A1s that has worked well for 7+ years but lately showing signs we may have to replace it.
I mostly shoot "musicians", usually a concert grand/pianist with green screen, relatively static shot (no zooms/pans during the shot) and do all post in Adobe CS6 (on local machine, not subscription version).
We output to YouTube and sometimes do both SD and Blu-Ray DVDs.
We HOPE to be able to do these kinds of recordings for up to FIVE more years. (Pianist/composer and I are both "getting far down" the birthdays trail!)
If we replace, our budget will be up to $2K and purchase will be in the next 45-60 days.
I've become attracted to the Canon XA-30 (we don't anticipate need the switcher capability of the XA-35) but yesterday a high-end video support shop suggested considering the JVC GY-HM170UA 4KCam....less $$$ and allegedly excellent 4K which is understood to result in better video than the XH-A1s can produce under any lighting condition.
To my knowledge, I don't have a retail store where I can touch either camera, so for the moment, I hope this will reach someone who will share insight/knowledge, especially of the JVC.
Also, referrals to other brands would be most welcome, with the understanding that $2K could be $2.1K but not $2.9K!!!
San Antonio, TX