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I agree, if you’re serious, not having some of the features that make shooting easier, can be frustrating.
Since you mentioned that you’re think about a DVX or PD170, I’ll let you know why I pick the PD170. I chose the PD170 because whenever I’ve used the DVX, the auto focus was slow. Given that I shoot a lot of sports, auto focus is important to me. Since I’ve gotten the PD170, I’ve found that it shoots a gorgeous image and virtually needs no light.
The only thing I don’t like about the PD170 is where the iris wheel is located. It’s right behind the LCD, so if you’re shooting from a low angle and turn the LCD counter clockwise, so it’s facing upward, it gets in the way when you try to adjust theaperture. It’s annoying, but hey, nothing is perfect. Oh yea, and manually adjusting audio on the PD170 is in a menu rather than just having CH1 and CH2 wheels with a “auto/manual audio” switch.
I have no doubt that you’ll be satisfied no matter which camera you purchase. They’re both great. If you think you want 24p, then you want the DVX because the PD170 doesn’t have that. If you want faster auto focus and better low light shooting, the PD170 is the way to go. Other than that, they’re basically the same camera.