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campan
05-07-2009, 07:23 AM
Hi I am trying to decide on this cam, I will need to migrate over to HD but a lot of my work is still SD. Will the HPX300 compare favorably with the images I get from a Sony DSR570 or similar 2/3 SD camera ? I don't want to step back in picture quality for my SD work.

Christian m
05-07-2009, 08:26 AM
On low light abilities you will step back quite a lot, and you don't get the more shallow DOF from the 2/3". Codec wise the 300 will have the advantage with dvcpro50 in SD.

campan
05-07-2009, 03:18 PM
most of my work is lit so that won't be a huge problem however how will it compare it terms of sharpness and overall image quality.

Ben Digedig
05-10-2009, 02:13 AM
You get 2/3" lenses on a DSR so a decent one of those costs as much as the whole 300 kit...

Having DV was the key reason I bought the 300 - lots still want it and cards last l-o-n-g time :). I've done a few tests myself and using DVC Pro it looks good. Pure DV looks a bit soggy and washed out - not unusual for base DV on any cam. You could of course file scene it 'up'.

BD

Bassman2003
05-10-2009, 04:51 PM
This is the problem that faces us all right now.

I would say, the color might be stronger with the 300 due to the codec, but this would have to be a side by side comparison.

If it is close, then the 570 would win due to the dof possibilities.

If you own the 570 (I am assuming it is wide screen) and know that your footage does not need to be repurposed or would not benefit from an HD original (like a chromakey) then I would stay with the 570.

Save your pennies for the next round of cameras when you are closer to needing HD.

Or maybe consider the HPX-500 which will improve the SD with the use of DVCPro50 and also offers HD.

mcgeedigital
05-10-2009, 05:11 PM
Or maybe consider the HPX-500 which will improve the SD with the use of DVCPro50 and also offers HD.

AND you can use your DSR SD lens on the 500 and it will look just fine.

Ben Digedig
05-11-2009, 02:16 AM
If it is close, then the 570 would win due to the dof possibilities.

Bassman, I'm no high end DOP, but my experience so far is that this is more a theoretical issue than a practical one. I havent done a side by side at same F stop and focal length test of both cams, but, in the field, I am NOT wishing I had a DSR over the HPX at all.

BD