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Keep in mind that the cmos need a lot more light than CCD’s and 1/4” chips tend to make the image look slightly dim, but you would have to look at it closly to notice. Also keep
In mind that cmos are not new tecnology they have been around a while. It just comes down to waht you prefer.
Thanks Brother Matthew
I will try that!!
I have used the a1 for the past mounth now, and WOW, it is great. The cam has a picture quality of cameras twice it’s price.
For what you what to do with it is what the camera was made to do. I have seen some of it’s footage on the discovery HD theater an I kid you not it looks just like the larger 30,000 cams.
This is the best cam in the line up of v1u,JVC 110u,z1u,dvx100, and maybe in some cases the hvx200.
You will not be dissapointed with this great cam.
So far, it has served me well!
KyleOctober 25, 2007 at 7:26 PM in reply to: 3ccd question and where cams are going…HD vs NON HD #171746
like some of the other posts, 1/3 inch ccd’s are a great chip. Now it deppends what cam you have.
It is a huge upgrade from Hi8.
hello, let me help you answer your question.
I swiched from a gy dv500 camera to xh a1 in about 2 years. Now that is what you call a dramatic jump. The fx1 camera is not the best camera produced buy sony. That is more of a prosummer that a pro camera. The sony z1u would fall to the pro section. I have had the xh a1 for a few monthes now and it is beautiful. The quality is better that the z1 and alot newer. You will love the swich to a "True" HDV camera. This offers alot more pro feachers that the fx1 and you will not miss a thing. Trust me you will be glad you got rid of the fx1.
I thought I would give you my thoughts.
I would very much reconsider buying a XL1. Heres why. Based on my experience with them they are crap, not everyone may think so but they are. I was on a shoot for a 48 hour film project in san diego and the assistant camera man (I was DP)had a Xl1 to mach my camera. It did not work, it was very bad, to be kind. We had to shoot in very low light and I thought it would work out, but when we saw our film on the big screen I was very embaressed. Bcause it handels low light bad, color correction was off and crapy skin detal functions. They are just vey old cameras and have been out dated for a long time. I would look at a dvx100 or at least a xl2 since they are newer.
I just don’t think it will make you happy.
I hoped this helped.
I see you are looking at a used XL2. I tought I would give you some of my advice whatever it means. In my mind the Xl series of canon is not great, but the xl2 is a major improvement over the xl1. To answer your question, no 75 hours is not alot of hours for that type of camera. I have seen those cameras do over 500+ hours and still have some life left in them.
Have you also considered a dvx100, they are a great DV camera that shoots true 24p. They are a little pricey but for what you are getting they are fantastic. But again you do want to be careful buying used because you need to inspect the camera first before laying down your money because scames are on the rise.
The Xl2 is a much better choice that the Gl2, trust me, the Xl2 offers way more shooting modes and pro functions.
I hoped this helped
I agree the 3 chip is better thant the one CMOS chip, and the color is better, but I don’t think you would see a huge diffrence if you were not looking for it.
As you mentioned you wanted good low light capability, the V1u does not offer that because it uses CMOS insted of the CCD’s which need alot more light. And that means that the low light capabilitys on the V1u are very poor. The XH A1 is a great camera and you will not be disapointed with it. the 24f is the same thing to me as the true 24p. Just diffrent companys. The V1u is the newer version of the Z1u wich has lived out it’s term, they put the same audio bord on the v1 as the z1. As far as color, the xh a1 blows away the v1 by a mile. the a1 offers so many automatic functions. If you have been doing your research that you already know which has the better quality for what you will be doing.
I hoped this helped.
Well with my personal experience with both it really depends what you want. CMOS need alot of light to produce a good image and with that it does not do well in low light (like the new sony V1U) Now CCD’s produce a great image in low light and moderate amounts of light. CCD produces a sharp image in my oppinion and is still beter quality than CMOS. Now CMOS are smaller chips that CCD and that has it’s own problem within that, you lose some depth of feild and the image looks a little "wrong". Though CMOS have been arounf for awile sony and other companys have started to use them because they see if you can get alot of light in they do produce a wonderful image. CCD are larger and very reliable to the avrage shooter. And HD CCD’s hands down are the way to go.
If I was you I would take a look at ebay before spending 4600+ on that camera. You can buy a new one on ebay for 4000 or a used one for 3500 from a reputable seller that I have worked with. For that type of camera please look at ebay first, belive me there are better deals.
I just sold my dv500 camera, If I’m not misstaken the 5100 is the new one. I would go to the 5100. They do not make the dv500 anymore. Mine was from 2002 and you can not swich the dv500’s to 16:9 it only stoots in 4:3 aspect ratio. and it does not allow you to choose frame rates or anything, but the quality was pretty good. But the 5100 does have more functions 😀 .
I ran into this problem when I was buying my camera. I typed in canon xh a1 camera on google and results poped up saying "xh a1 for 2199" and I called them and I said how can you sell that camera for that low and they said those are inport models meaning they lack major functions like flipout screen or atuo focus or all auto functions. So think of it like a major striped down car.
I would trust Amazon and pay a little more and you know it is legit. Or ebay and find a good deal but do some ebay tutorials before so you avoid scames.
I would recomend a Canon XH A1 because it is right around you price range and I think it is even better that the Z1u and V1u. The v1u uses CMOS which is a chip that needs alot of light to produce a decent image and the xh a1 uses the regular CCD’s which are the best right now. The xh a1 is used on many shows and offers a 24f function which is almost like the 24p mode on other cameras. The xh a1 has XLR ports and BNC cable jack, built in mic with shock mount, and 20x optical zoom, to name a few cool feachers.
I hope this helped.
The V1u is a better camera because it is newer. The sony z1u is a great camera but it has been around for a long time. The v1u has sharper image quality and uses CMOS which in my oppinion do not compare to CCD’s. The nice thing is that the V1u is smaller and has the same audio bord as the Z1u. And the V1u has more customizable functions. I hope that made it a little more clear!