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compulolver: I just wanted to clarify in my post regarding my opinion comparing the GL2 and the VX-2100. I mentioned that the GL2 was a very close match EXCEPT in low light situations like you have mentioned. I know we have discussed this before with each other and I very much agree with you. My only wish was that either the VX-2100 came with a 20X optical zoom or the GL2 came with a lower LUX rating.
matt01992k5: I can sympathize with the frustration youre going through regarding trying to get some answers to your questions. The one thing I would do is try not to get to hostile with all of us because we really are trying to help. Personally, Im going to give you the benefit of the doubt that youre a nice person and that youre just frustrated because youre not getting that golden answer at a place were you think you should. One thing however that you have to keep in mind is that there could be a chance that no one on this forum owns that particular camera youre asking about so maybe thats why you dont get any responses. I dont own a Panasonic AG-DVC30 so why would I want to respond to questions regarding it. Another thing is that its hard to compare cameras because they are all so different and every one of us out here will have different opinions, standards, and preferences which may or may not be the same as yours. Thats what comp and I are trying to get across.
Enough said on that. I guess I can give you my two cents worth with regards to that Canon GL2. I currently own two of them. I also want to mention up front that I dont do videography for a living. Im an engineer at a manufacturing company up here in Wisconsin. I do videography on the side because I enjoy it immensely. I have taken the time to educate myself only because I love doing this and Im always out to get better and better at it. I even gave up golfing because of it because I dont get all upset like I did when I played. BTW: Do you want to buy some clubs? X-D
IMO, the GL2 is a great bargain for what you get. You have all of the manual controls and features that you would probably need to shoot normal SD video. The picture is VERY clear and the color is very impressive in well lit situations. I use mine for a lot of sporting events which is my first love so usually light isnt a concern. The main reason I went with this camera was because of the 20X optical zoom. Im not sure what you all know but optical zoom is WAY better than digital zoom so keep that in mind. The camera is light weight and the learning curve on it isnt all that bad. The standard No Brainer default settings are nice but the camera really shines when you know how to use the different settings to enhance your picture. That goes with any camera for that matter. This camera also has real good battery life too. Especially when you get the oversize batteries.
I also use these for weddings on the side too. They do a very nice job but there is a weakness. They are not the best camera in low light environments. 99% of the time this usually comes into play at the receptions. They only have a LUX rating of 6 where as the Sony VX-2100 has a rating of 1. Im usually up front with couples and I tell them that if it gets too dark that I will have to use an onboard light. Luckily, I havent had anyone complain about that to this day but that doesnt mean that someone in the future will. Thats why Im up front so if this bothered them then they can get someone else to do it. I think what saves me half the time is when they see samples of my editing skills. This is where you can make or break a project.
There is a know problem with the deck transport system too. Whether its because I take care of them or its just luck I do not know. You will see a lot of people complaining about this but keep in mind that this is a popular camera so with the more users out there, the more possible complaints. To this day Im not sure if this has been remedied or not. As far as the rest of the features, you can look those up for yourself.
In conclusion, IMO if you are looking to do events and weddings more than anything else, I would go with the Sony VX-2100 because of the low light capabilities. If you are looking to do more documentary work than either camera would work. The XL2 would be even a better choice for that though. That camera has the interchangable lens you were asking about. As far as HI-DEF thats a whole other issue. It is what it is. The thing that is still an issue today is editing it and coming up with a means of delivery. Right now when you play back your finished work, most people have to use their camera connected to a TV. The HD/Blu-Ray DVDs and burners are just now coming into the market but you will need your wallet. To edit HD you also need a very well decked out PC. Its all about horsepower and the correct hardware.
Hope this is a start anyway. I know compusolver is a professional VX man who does do this for a living so hopefully if you didnt get him too upset he might help out with the skinny on that camera along with other topics. There are other guys (and gals) here too and maybe one of those people have the other cameras youre looking at.