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December 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM #71384yumalagParticipant
I have had a Panasonic HDC-TM700 for a couple years now and am looking to upgrade. Mainly, I just shoot my son's hockey games and post to youtube but I def like have the high quality images to start with and currently record 1080/60p. (Here are some vids to show the environment that I typically shoot in … http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv9sC0hKShKECY9SrZmbJ5Q).
I am thinking of upgrading to an AG-AC130. Yep, I know. Your prolly thinking why? What you have is good enough. Ok, I already have 1 wife …. b/c I want to. But, I don't want to do it if I won't see a pretty dramatic improvement, or at least a perceivable improvement, in quality.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
December 6, 2013 at 5:02 PM #209303Laguna HikerMember
Be careful with the AC130. I have one, and I love it, but it may not be a great sports camera. The AC130 uses a CMOS sensor, which uses a 'rolling shutter'. Basically, the entire scene isn't imaged at once–it is scanned, line by line. Fast-moving objects can appear slanted, because the object is in a different position at the end of the scan than at the beginning. That could show up in your soccer footage. High-end editing systems like Premiere Pro can correct the problem, but I'd recommend a CCD camera if you plan on shooting a lot of sports. Panasonic makes a camera in the same range with a CCD, rather than a CMOS.
December 7, 2013 at 7:10 AM #209312brunerwwMember
Hi e – just watched some of your hockey videos and they looked great. I didn't see any rolling shutter or skew The TM700 is a great little camera with a modern CMOS sensor that handles fast action just fine (I still have the TM900, and I love it).
I can't speak to the AC130's ability to shoot action, but it will be a real challenge to find a CCD camera that shoots 1080/60p and records to SD cards (the only one I know of is the JVC HM-150U, a camera with unimpressive image quality).
That said, here is a side-by-side test of the TM700 and the AC130. This is a short OIS test, but you can also compare image quality (please watch at 1080p):
In my view, for YouTube distribution, unless you really need pro audio inputs, a top handle, 3 lens rings, etc., the image quality difference between the "consumer" and the "pro" cameras is not worth the $3275 you would pay for the AC130.
You can improve your image quality for lot less money with the fast autofocusing, moire-resistant large sensor $1298 Sony RX10. This camera looks like a still camera, but is actually the best camcorder in its class. It has a much larger sensor than the AC130 (1" vs 1/3") and produces stunningly clear 1080/60p video like this:
Hope this is helpful, good luck with your upgrade and best of the holidays!
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