Buying a new HD camcorder: advice needed

Viewing 2 reply threads
  • Author
    • #43203

      Hi. I am buying my first professional HD camera. So far I have been testing the waters with a Canon Vixia HF200, but now I need something with full manual controls. I am using Final Cut Pro 7 for editing.

      So far my choices are:
      Sony HDR-FX1000
      Canon XH-A1s
      Panasonic HMC-150
      Sony HXR-NX5U

      Of these, the former two are tape based while the latter two are card based. I have been advised to use tape as it is better for learning and backups. I have been using AVCHD transcoded to ProRes 422 and it works very well with FCP. I review all my shots through log and transfer and don’t just blindly copy them over, so I am okay there. I also have a good backup system.

      So, which one should I get? My personal bias is towards the Panasonic, and there is a nice kit deal on B&H right now. Any advice/comment is much appreciated.

    • #181041

      For a bevy of reasons already posted on numerous “which camera should I buy” posts here I and others have named several favorites along the model lines you mention.

      Also, opinions and comments as well as links to information on the web regarding these models and the pros and cons of tape vs SDHC or other solid state recording.

      My personal decision for purchase in 2010 remains between the JVC GY-HM100 and Panasonic HMC-150. I’ve still not identified a contender among the other brands, but anxiously await Canon coming out with a model in a comparable price range, and using CCD rather than CMOS, if that happens. I prefer Canon lens and stabilization quality over other models/brands I’ve used through the years.

      I am presently doing my best to completely wear out my two Canon XL1 and one Canon GL2 units, but am moving toward the AVCHD environment for my first line of offense with HD.

    • #181042

      Thanks for the reply. I have looked through the other posts, and they have been quite useful. I just wanted to see if there are any new opinions before I pull the trigger, so to speak. I’m liking the Panasonic so far.

Viewing 2 reply threads
  • The forum ‘Other Camcorders’ is closed to new topics and replies.

Best Products

The best video monitors — 2021

We rely on our video monitors to show us an accurate representation of our images throughout the production process. Here are some of the best video monitors currently on the market.



Given away to one lucky winner

Competition is open worldwide


Need help making a stellar first video?


Download our free eBook with 8 tips to get on the right track and create a video that you can be proud of.