Looking for replacement cams-HD

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    • #43193

      Hello friends,

      I know this question gets asked at least daily, But here goes…

      I am considering the jump to HD, I currently use sony dsr250 shoulder mount and v2000 handheld. I am considering HD if I can find a comparable model shoulder mount with about the same controls ie-manual focus,manual exp etc… Any suggestions from users? Are the avchd models any good? will a handheld match the quality of a shoulder mount?

      I shoot primarily weddings and a few music vids..

      Thanks for any feedback..

    • #181004

      The only thing you will miss going away from a shoulder mount will be the steadiness. Canon AVCHD’s are good but Sony has better stabilization, thats why I would say the Sony CX500 or XR500 hard drive based. But then again the Canons can do 24p and 30p. Both will kill the SD cameras you have now. And also you didn’t say how much you wanted to spend. And you may also enjoy an HDV cam like the Canon HV40.

    • #181005

      There are some sweet rigs that will help develop a shoulder mount environment for smaller hand-held models. I have no problem with AVCHD format, and that is where I’m headed sometime this year when I also “upgrade” to HD from my pair of Canon XL1 units and my GL2.

      Though I’ve been really fond of the Canon lens quality, AND its superior stabilization (IMHO), having tested Sony units with stabilization – that was, of course, back when I was testing the Canon units from which I now will be upgrading.

      My choices are narrowed down to the JVC GY-HM100 and the Panasonic HMC-150 but if Canon (with its superior glass (THE LENS) factor) come up with an SDHC model in that price range, that will widen the mix for me.

      Being a tape model, and while I at one time would have considered the outmoded HV40, I wouldn’t go there. Nor am I particularly fond of harddrive units. If I am going to re-invest and move to HD I want a unit that eliminates the tape drive, its wear and tear, and noise levels, and go with something that will speed up my conversion time from what I now experience, having to digitize all my footage before I can get creative, or even edit.

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