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Mj882
11-30-2008, 12:38 PM
I currently own a Sony HDR-HC1E however I've been considering upgrading and buying a new camera to shoot my short films in. I've been shooting in 1080i with this camera however I'd like to be shooting 1080p or 720p (which is allegedly "better" than 1080i).

There's so many options out there and it's a little overwhelming trying to choose one. I've come across the Panasonic AG-HVX200 which has appealed to me. I'm looking for a camera in the £2,500 - £3,500 ranges, that can deliver great quality for my short films in High Definition.

And additional note, I'm also intending to use a 35mm DOF adapter on the camera.

Any recommendations?

k3pp
12-03-2008, 04:20 AM
If you can wait till 2009 fall, I would suggest you to go with RED´s Scarlet... 3K RAW at 120fps (150 burst) and Full Frame 1080p (full image sensor downscaled by hardware) for US$3750,00

http://reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?t=23112

Andy Olson
12-03-2008, 07:32 AM
The Panasonic HMC150 would be a good camera for you. It shoots high def to sd cards and is close to the HVX200 in function and handling. It is AVCHD so you'll have to transcode the codec at the moment until NLE's catch up. Also, you could consider a Canon XHA1 which is a great camera and could be found for a little cheaper than the HMC150.

Also, you should consider buying a used HVX200. You could get a good price because a lot of people are upgrading to the HVX200a or HPX170. And since the HVX200 shoots tapeless to P2 cards they are going to be more robust than a camera with tape because the HVX has fewer moving parts so a used one will probably be in good condition. The HVX does have an standard def tape drive system as well. With the HVX200, you'll get the 4:2:2 dvcpro HD codec and the tapeless mxf file system. Make sure you have an MXF capable editing program or look into getting software like DVFilm Raylight. (http://dvfilm.com/products.htm)

Hope this helps,
Andy

Mj882
12-03-2008, 02:38 PM
The Panasonic HMC150 would be a good camera for you. It shoots high def to sd cards and is close to the HVX200 in function and handling. It is AVCHD so you'll have to transcode the codec at the moment until NLE's catch up. Also, you could consider a Canon XHA1 which is a great camera and could be found for a little cheaper than the HMC150.

Also, you should consider buying a used HVX200. You could get a good price because a lot of people are upgrading to the HVX200a or HPX170. And since the HVX200 shoots tapeless to P2 cards they are going to be more robust than a camera with tape because the HVX has fewer moving parts so a used one will probably be in good condition. The HVX does have an standard def tape drive system as well. With the HVX200, you'll get the 4:2:2 dvcpro HD codec and the tapeless mxf file system. Make sure you have an MXF capable editing program or look into getting software like DVFilm Raylight. (http://dvfilm.com/products.htm)

Hope this helps,
Andy

Yeah I've been considering the HPX170, trying to find a place I can get it for a reasonable price.

jimhare
12-07-2008, 10:00 PM
Scarlet is going to be fantastic for entry level. Great thing is you can start upgrading individual modules the way to Epic, keeping your basic kit the same. Going to change everything and worth the wait!

zijital
12-15-2008, 09:39 AM
If you can wait till 2009 fall, I would suggest you to go with RED´s Scarlet... 3K RAW at 120fps (150 burst) and Full Frame 1080p (full image sensor downscaled by hardware) for US$3750,00

http://reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?t=23112

of course fall 2009 on Red's calendar could be anytime from now until the next presidential campaign.

Scarlet looks like it will be a great camera, & I can't wait, but the key word is wait