View Full Version : Best HD 4 low light??

01-10-2008, 08:15 AM
checking into the best options for a good low light HD camera. the old SD camera Sony vx2100 was GREAT . Not only that but the price tag would not shock or kill you.
but since everything is gonna go HD, I'm wondering what is a good HD solution, particularly (and heres the hard part) one that won't break the bank.
In other words, what is the "new vx2100" ??

01-10-2008, 08:48 AM
None of the lower-cost HD camcorders come anywhere close to what the VX2100 or DVX could do in low-light sensitivity. The nearest you'll find at the lowest price point would be the EX1 at $6700-ish.

01-11-2008, 07:52 AM

01-11-2008, 11:43 AM
Hey edg -

Try to borrow or rent a canon xh a1. I currently own an HVX, which I generally use for narrative work and music videos...projects for which i try to have "real" lighting.

BUT in my comparison shopping, I discovered the A1 had a nice film-like grain in low light conditions. More pleasant -- IMHO here, your price and mileage may vary -- than a DVX. I say this reluctantly, since I've worked on a number of award-winning broadcast projects with the DVX.

But you MUST decide for yourself. FYI - Some shops may give you a decent half-day rental rate...or less...if you tell them it's for testing and not a paying gig.

Good luck.

Glenn Thomas
01-16-2008, 05:19 AM
From footage I've seen, the XHA1 seems to be the pick of the bunch.

01-30-2008, 10:56 AM
I second that. Dismiss specs, What looks the cleanest? I would have to say the Canon XH-A1

01-30-2008, 12:32 PM
In low light?

Gary Huff
02-11-2008, 01:58 AM
Apparently Sony's new Z7U HDV camera has the low-light capabilities of the PD150/170.

03-02-2008, 01:17 PM
the ex1 has 1/2" chips every other camera mentioned has 1/3" chips. i'll take the ex1 for low light

just one person's thought


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