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” So. . . for anyone who has used the HVX200A camera, how do you like it? Please share any experience you have regarding its strengths and weaknesses. “
Four years ago I struggled with the choice bewteen the DVX-100B and the HVX-200A. At that time I reasoned that HiDef was too much for me and I bought the DVX which is a very nice camera. More recently I felt the need for a second camera. After much soul searching I decided that the HVX would be a good choice in that it also could shoot standard def, and to DV tape. One of the attractions for the HVX was the ” closeout ” price of $ 3000!! Many folks feel the cost of P-2 cards is prohibitive ( necessary to shoot HiDef ) and prefer to go AVCHD ( much higher compression than the HVX )with other cameras using cheaper memory cards. I have a perhaps unreasonable prejudice against AVCHD. The 32G P-2 cards cost about $ 400 and give only about 30 min shooting max res HD . . . . OR at 480i, the 32G card will give ya 140 minutes! With two 32G P-2 cards, you can download one while shooting with the other. The Panasonic singlecard reader ( with a laptop )is the cheapest way to do this.
The HVX shoots very high quality video, both in HD and standard def. It’s maybe a little bit bigger than other cameras, it has waaaay too many set-up bells and whistle options, making it a bit of a challenge before it becomes second nature to operate.
I suspect that they’re not making any more of them, andthe ones for sale are close-outs ( original price was $ 6000 ). If I couldn’t find one for sale, I’d be reasonably happy with the HPX170.