Hi all. In the last months I been wondering whether is about time to
quit HDV in favour of more modern technology. I am very pleased with
HDV results it is the ideal format for what I do (mainly so-called
"industrial video" and live events), but it is cleat that HDV is a fading away format and in a couple of years I believe HDV
equiptment will significantly lost its value, and now I can make the
swich with much less investment.
I have the crossover "little pro" SONY A1 (which is a very good consumer
camcorder HC1 with professional upgrades like XLR), and seeing the AX10
it is just the same (the very good consumer Canon Vixia HF G10 with pro
upgrade) I thought it may the the natural replacement.
SONY has launch its HXR-MC50 as an equivalent for the A1, but it lacks XLR inputs, which are a must for me (and for any prosumer camcorder I believe).
Reviews of the AX10 are all very good.
Note: in the past I always thought that if Canon should have done a pro
based on HV-30 what Sony did with the A1 it would have been a real hit.
Now it seems it has done it but in AVCHD world instead of HDV.
I love the A1 quality with good light (cannot differenciate from its
major sister SONY Z1). The size many times is more an advantage rather
than a disadvantage. Despite not being the best for tripod, for eg., it
allow me to shoot with prosumer quality in places where I should raise
questionning with something with "real pro look" like the Z1. I hate the
lack of manual gain and iris control with the A1, and I don't like too
much the lot of noise the A1 has in low light. The lack of phisicall
buttons for other manual adjustements is something I can live with.
Do you believe AVCHD at 24 Mps equals HDV quality? Do you believe AVCHD is the natural replacement for HDV? Some people
says that probable a future low cost XDCAM EX format will be the
substitute for HDV, and AVCHD will be just a consumer format.
Seeing that Canon has create a pro version of the Vixia HF G10, it is
reasonable to believe that a new model is not going to be launched in
the near future (pro stuff usually has much longer product lifetime that
consumer's). Is this right?