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Hmm…well, the HPX170 is a model made by Panasonic and the XH-A1 is a model made by Canon. They are both HD cameras; pretty decent I would assume. Although, if you really know nothing about cameras or using a camera, I wouldn’t suggest these to you. I would suggest a decent miniDV camcorder.
When I first started, I got a Canon GL2. It’s a solid camera and great for a beginner. As far as how/where you can learn…the best thing to do is to just get out there and start shooting.
So, I can spend about 5500, but no more than that. I do agree that as a beginner, purchasing the hpx170 may put me in over my head, but I learn very quickly and I have been advised by many people that it’s almost necessary to get an HD camera.
Well, that’s a nice budget, but knowing that, it really puts the hpx170 out of your price range. You could purchase the camera, however since it shoots to p2 cards you wouldn’t be able to capture any footage. The p2 cards are pretty expensive, and unless you can unload them fast, you will need a few as to not run out of free space out on a shoot. My recommendation would be to go with the sony Z7u the camera will run you about $5300 and that’s about all you will need to spend right now. It shoots HDV to mini-dv tapes, as well as to compact flash cards. CF cards are cheap, and mini-dv is archival. In my tests it has been a great camera. Feel free to ask more questions! thanks ~Adam http://www.hdupdate.com