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June 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM #49734
was wondering if anyone has has thoughts about which would be a better buy…pricing it out on b&h is seems that the 80 is only about $35 more(since i want xlr inputs, you need to buy the adapter for the 40) the features are very similar so i wanted to get a feel for what everyone’s thoughts were
June 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM #203501Jackson WongInactive
Be careful Gut, the price difference is about $450, with the AG-HMC80 being much more, and a given, the XLR inputs are a huge reason, and well worth it. The form factor is also much to consider since the HMC80 is a shouldermount camera and going to have a wildly different center of balance than the more compact HMC40.
I’m not sure if you are Panasonic loyal, but Sony’s HXR-NX70U may fit your bill, it is a couple hundred more than what you’re looking at, but is compact and has the XLR inputs.http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/761581-REG/Sony_HXR_NX70U_HXR_NX70_Compact_Dust_and.html
If you fill us in on what type of video you plan to shoot we can get a better look into what you need in a camera, hopefully this keeps you going Gut!
June 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM #203502brunerwwMember
Jackson – I think he’s pricing it out with the HMC-40’s XLR adapter included in his total price. That’s why he go the smaller price difference.
Gut – the difference is ‘palmcorder’ vs shoulder mount. They’re both essentially the same camera.
June 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM #203503
thanks jackson and bill
yes i figured it with the xlr adaptor included in the price for the 40
basically im going to try and shoot anything and everything i can when i can lol…so i m looking for a good all around camera that is a good value at the prosumer level…
if it comes down to palmcoder vs shouldermount, then shoulder it is, because i know i will shoot smoother video that way…
however, the 40 has some features i like (i.e. the pre record function) and the fact that it has over 180 reviews on the site alone…also the 80 looks to have an odd setup as far as the eye cup/ lcd screen…
so im still torn lol
June 27, 2012 at 7:07 PM #203504CraftersOfLightParticipant
Any interior shooting will require lighting so if you do not have that you will want to budget for it. Because of the small sensor, low light environments will present you with some challenges on both these cameras. They are awsome in regular sunlit areas. I use mine in outdoor nature videos and am very pleased with those results.
June 28, 2012 at 3:31 AM #203505
craftersoflight- thanks for the tip…its really the only negative anyone seems to have about these cameras…to be honest im very ignorant about what would work out best…just to be clear, which cam do you use?
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