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    Pug Life Scott F's Avatar
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    Sold mine long ago, but used one yesterday on an indoor shoot with controlled lighting. Still great camera!
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    If anyone is looking for a second camera, this would be it!

    http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread...XH-A1-Cine-Kit


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    Just bought my first cam after years as a still photog....this was my choice based off of price, features, inputs, zoom, etc. Now if I can just learn how to set it up properly and shoot some good video...


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    i still have this camera and love it. i have mark iii also but there is something about this cam that makes me want to keep it.


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    We use it a lot, over it's component out to our VMIX software video mixer. Great cam, I'm now even looking to buy some more of them.


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    I have a very nice XHA1 I don't use a lot, so if you are interested in buying mine, let me know. I have 2 Panasonics with time stamp I mainly use to shoot legal video.


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    The XH-A1 is (even now) still a solid cam. I sold mine a few months ago and switched to a Canon C100, mostly for low-light performance and lens-interchangeability reasons, but I've seen several recent examples of the XH-A1 still going strong.

    I shot a short narrative in early 2014 that only recently made it into some film festivals. Projected on a big screen, it held up well against films shot on newer, more expensive rigs like a C300.

    I was recently at a Harvard graduation ceremony, and the production company the school hired to cover the gig used half a dozen XH-A1s.

    Point being, these are still useful cameras for many types of jobs. You've got to work a little harder on lighting, finding the ideal preset can be a pain, and using a tape-based workflow is a bit antiquated now, but this is still a good 1080p cam that produces great images. I used mine for five years and got a lot of mileage from it.


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    The XH-A1 is still an amazing camera, especially for the money. It's rock solid in terms of reliability, produces a great image out of the box and it's cheap. Many don't know about the XH-G1 which is the identical camera with ENG connections on it. This gives you HD-SDI which when combined with an external recorder still makes for a rig that's relevant and inexpensive.

    In terms of reliability though there's not much that can touch the XH cameras. The Z1U would be the closest comparison and it suffers from a myriad of lens and tape transport issues. If cheap HD is the name of the game the XH-A1 is your camera.

    And geez, that sounds like a spammy post. I just really like that camera.


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