#2 Buy Professional Camcorders Guide

Feb 7, 2010 at 04:12 o\clock

Where To Buy Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 3CCD AVCHD 24fps Camcorder

by: pro_camcorders   Keywords: Panasonic, Pro, AG, HMC150

Where To Buy Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 3CCD AVCHD 24fps Camcorder

For those of you who enjoyed the DVX 100 and 100b and wish to step into true HD tapeless recording this is the camera to buy. The stock 28mm Leica Dicomar lens is beautiful and plenty wide for most applications. The overall color reproduction on the camera is amazing. It has a list of features like a waveform monitor and several external controls for all of it's features, making easy to do on the fly adjustments. Another thing that impressed me was the two XLR inputs with phantom power 48v. The camera is weighted perfectly, so using the overhead handle is wonderful, Like previous models such as the DVX 100 this camera does not favor the batery or lens side of the camera...nice work Panasonic, and it only weighs about 4 pounds. The focus ring and focus assist feature are also good for finely tuning focus or creating massive depth of field and soft backgrounds with ease, I think the focus ring is actually better than that of some of the more expensive P2 cameras Panasonic offers.

The only drawback to the camera, and it is a small one, you must choose between two or three programs to edit the footatge nativley. No surprises it is probably the only software you would want to use anyway Adobe Premire CS4 and Final Cut (6.0.1 or something like that). I also think there is a sony program that can handle the gnarly 21mbs footage. In non native 1080i 30fps mode (which sucks) the footage can be edited in more prosumer based software, like the newest iMovie.

Overall this camera is a beast if your into shooting extreme sports and fast moving action stuff like me, you will find the 60 fps modes to be delightful, and the overall feel, functionallity and ergonomics of the camera to be up there with the best.

CAN'T BEAT IT FOR THE PRICE
Panasonic Pro AG HMC150PJ, More Reviews!

Feb 7, 2010 at 04:11 o\clock

Shop For Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 3CCD AVCHD 24fps Camcorder

by: pro_camcorders   Keywords: Panasonic, Pro, AG, HMC150

Shop For Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 3CCD AVCHD 24fps Camcorder

I debated for a few months whether to buy this camera or a Sony or Canon HDV. I knew the new MPEG4 format would be harder to edit, and possibly require a computer update. Nevertheless I was impressed with the quality of images reported, the light weight and ease of recording on a chip. I've only had the cam for a couple of weeks and used it only once on a shoot for my job with community television. It worked well. I am used to using a Sony PD-170, and the low light ability didn't match up to that, but not surprised. Gain setting of +12db doesn't produce grain. So far the only thing I'm a little disappointed with is the LCD viewfinder. With all the developments in LCD technology in the past couple of years I was expecting to see a finer grain image. Instead it looks like three or four year old technology--like an SD screen on a HD cam. I have a Canon HV-30 and the LCD is smaller but gorgeous. Of course that doesn't have any effect on the image the cam produces, but it's a bit of a turn off. You have to use your imagination as to what the final results will be or use an external LCD monitor. I still like the cam for its low weight and ease of use. I use for weddings and other event shoots--quite a bit of hand-held and with monopod. Time will tell how it all pans out. I'm in the process of upgrading my computer and editing software to handle the AVCHD. That's the future? We'll see.Panasonic Pro AG HMC150PJ, More Reviews!

Feb 3, 2010 at 03:38 o\clock

Order Canon XH A1 1.67MP 3CCD High-Definition Camcorder With 20x Optical Zoom

by: pro_camcorders   Keywords: Canon, XH, A1

Order Canon XH A1 1.67MP 3CCD High-Definition Camcorder With 20x Optical Zoom

So with pretty much a whole year in research and reading forums,reviews, watching test footage, and more I was stuck on every question any film or video enthusiast comes across. "What camera do i buy?" To be honest...i was sold on the HVX200. I couldn't believe how good it looked and all the frame rates and recording on cards! Kicked the crap out of minidv tapes right?!
Well, i got my hands on the hvx200 and found out the hype didn't live to my expectations. Too much grain, expensive P2, too bulky (personally), the menus were like a labyrinth, and i just didn't like it. It's a good cam don't get me wrong but not my choice. Now i was previously a HV20 owner (still am) and am very pleased with Canon. I've been eying the XH-A1 for a while too and read so many reviews and watched some much footage that made it look absolutely amazing! I love Canon and trusted my extinct...Just received this monster today! Seriously a gorgeous design, sleek black, amazing footage, not a consumer camera but when your familiar with pro cameras this was very easy going to me but still had some curves to learn. The footage looked just as good as the HVX, i think. To my eye i like the look of the XH-A1 100X better with color adjustments in camera of course. Overall, this camera was probably the best investment for my budget. I would highly highly recommend this to any indie filmmaker, documentarian, videographer, or any serious film person. This camera lived beyond it's expectation from me. I mean a camera half the price of one of the best camera's on the market (HVX200) and looks just as good as it does, why wouldn't you choose it?! This is my personal view on it. I could go on about the features about the camera but there is too many good things about this camera. Only negative is i wish it had more shutter speeds. But all in all, best camera i have ever used and the only camera i will need for the next 5 years until Red develops the Scarlet to truly be $3k and under.Canon XH A1 Camcorder, More Reviews!

Feb 3, 2010 at 03:37 o\clock

Where To Buy Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 3CCD AVCHD 24fps Camcorder

by: pro_camcorders   Keywords: Panasonic, Pro, AG, HMC150

Where To Buy Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 3CCD AVCHD 24fps Camcorder

For those of you who enjoyed the DVX 100 and 100b and wish to step into true HD tapeless recording this is the camera to buy. The stock 28mm Leica Dicomar lens is beautiful and plenty wide for most applications. The overall color reproduction on the camera is amazing. It has a list of features like a waveform monitor and several external controls for all of it's features, making easy to do on the fly adjustments. Another thing that impressed me was the two XLR inputs with phantom power 48v. The camera is weighted perfectly, so using the overhead handle is wonderful, Like previous models such as the DVX 100 this camera does not favor the batery or lens side of the camera...nice work Panasonic, and it only weighs about 4 pounds. The focus ring and focus assist feature are also good for finely tuning focus or creating massive depth of field and soft backgrounds with ease, I think the focus ring is actually better than that of some of the more expensive P2 cameras Panasonic offers.

The only drawback to the camera, and it is a small one, you must choose between two or three programs to edit the footatge nativley. No surprises it is probably the only software you would want to use anyway Adobe Premire CS4 and Final Cut (6.0.1 or something like that). I also think there is a sony program that can handle the gnarly 21mbs footage. In non native 1080i 30fps mode (which sucks) the footage can be edited in more prosumer based software, like the newest iMovie.

Overall this camera is a beast if your into shooting extreme sports and fast moving action stuff like me, you will find the 60 fps modes to be delightful, and the overall feel, functionallity and ergonomics of the camera to be up there with the best.

CAN'T BEAT IT FOR THE PRICE
Panasonic Pro AG HMC150PJ, More Reviews!

Jan 30, 2010 at 03:39 o\clock

Discount Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder With 10x Optical Zoom

by: pro_camcorders   Keywords: Sony, Professional, HVR, A1U

Discount Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder With 10x Optical Zoom

I recently had the Canon GL1 and thought it was time to upgrade to Hi-Def. After reading about 30 customer and 20 pro reviews it was the only camera that was offered pro features and great image quality worth way more then the price. It is all because of the CMOS sensor the camera uses. It consumes less power, less money to produce, better image quality then CCD and does not smear light. Some people say it's a consumer camera because it only has a one chip sensor instead of three like a CCD sensor but a CMOS sensor is a lot different then a CCD. A single chip CMOS sensor is three mega-pixels just like three CCD chips. It should be considered a pro camera instead of a consumer camera.
OK; now what the camera can do..... It has a touch screen which is handy but you have to keep wiping it off because it smudges easily. The personalized menu is a great idea; you can have all your most used items at a touch away. The cineframe and cinematone features are a good idea if you want your movies to have a more professional Hollywood look to them. The picture quality in good light is almost identical the image quality of the Sony Z1U which cost $4,000 and that's really amazing!! The low light performance is not that good, this is a downside of the CMOS sensor. I really like the exposure lever, one strange thing is that the camera does not give exposure increments like F1.6 ..... F2.6 it just gives you a bar. Three quarters of the bar is for exposure and the last quarter of the bar is gain which digitally brightens the picture and makes the picture real grainy. Just make sure you adjust the exposure manually in dark places and turn the gain off by not going to the last quarter of the bar. It has some other great features and that I am not going to go in to but you can read about them on this page. One other thing is that this camera is quite compact and I am really amazed at the picture quality that it takes.
Over all it is great camera and a good choice for any one who needs a good Hi-Def camera for a low price.
I hope this review helps and I will be adding more to this review.
06/29/08
I don't know what the problem was with the guy below me. I think he had problems in low light with the camera, this camera is not the best in low light. The auto focus is a little slow indoors but it's a lot better in good light. He also had problems with the mic, there are a lot of settings for the mic and you have to set them right to get good sound. When rewinding tapes I did not think it made a horrendous noise but it does make different pitches as you rewind it. The camera is small, they made it compact so pros could get great images in tight places. If you need a good low light camera go with the Sony V1U.
07/18/08
Price went up $300 from when I bought it, I guess I made a good investment.Sony HVR A1U, More Reviews!

Jan 30, 2010 at 03:38 o\clock

Sony HDR-FX7 3-CMOS Sensor HDV High-Definition Handycam Camcorder With 20x Optical Zoom Decide Now

by: pro_camcorders   Keywords: Sony, HDR, FX7

Sony HDR-FX7 3-CMOS Sensor HDV High-Definition Handycam Camcorder With 20x Optical Zoom Decide Now

We needed another camcorder didn't really want a HD because of the problems of no software out there to create HDDVDs. We bought this because our other sony is 10yrs old and didn't want to buy what we had. We are very glad we did. Even regular tapes look stellar in the 1080i format. The 20x zoom is to drool over. It is wonderful we use it for birding only now they are moving. All the techie stuff should come from my husband, but I am writing this so you won't hear it from me. I do not hear him swear or crank about difficult maneuvers. He likes the programable buttons. I found the change to Final Cut HD easy. You edit in HD and made the non HD DVD (we use a MAC) record it back to HD tape and wait till the software is written. Broadcast wants tape anyway. Ease of handling cam great, additional sound source easy to deal with. Mike on cam improved over our other camcorder. Easy to carry with handle. Need to use manual focus at times. Lots of buttons if you want a point and record not a good choice.Sony HDR FX7, More Reviews!

Jan 25, 2010 at 04:29 o\clock

Buying Canon XL-H1S 3CCD HDV High Definition Professional Camcorder With 20x HD Video Zoom Lens III

by: pro_camcorders   Keywords: Canon, XL, H1S



Canon has done it again with another truly remarkable camera. The XLH1 and XLH1a are by far the best camera's in this price range.

Actually this camera is better than most that cost 3 or 4 times as much.

Great picture quality, very nicely laid out controls, fast auto focus, very clever image stabilizer and a enormous amount of flexibility.

I have been a Canon fan and user for 20 years and have never been disappointed. The Canon XLH1 is a work of art and a thing of beauty.

Sure this camera is not for the novice because it can be quite complex to get set up to perform the way you want it to but once you do go through the tedious tasks of adjusting it to your own tastes then you have the most wonderful video camera right at your finger tips to do what ever you want it to do.

You can set the camera to auto everything and get pretty good HD video but I suggest you learn how to adjust it to do more of what it was made to do and that is capture absolutely stunning video.

Jan 19, 2010 at 03:54 o\clock

Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder



I recently upgraded to this camera and am very satisfied. I am a film student and the Hmc40 fit perfectly with my budget.

The image quality is indeed awesome, and the battery lasts extremely long. Almost unnecessarily long compared to my last cam.

I highly recommend itPanasonic AG HMC40, More Reviews!

Jan 19, 2010 at 03:50 o\clock

Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder With 10.6MP

Needed a HD camcorder that would replace my dead JVC HD7. The JVC had better manual controls in terms independent controls of Shutter and Aperture. Manual Zoom was okay on the HMC40, handling was okay (very light weight), top handle is removable (but sometimes had to put back in -- screws don't align with socket). The image quality was okay too (not too saturated compared to the HD7). Auto White Balance is okay, but not great -- just do a manual white balance. The touchscreen is a nice novelty (has dedicated record/ Zoom/ quick menu/ full menu/ Erase buttons at bottom of screen), and there are 3 independent USER1,2,3 buttons to customize the camera. It's only 12x zoom.

Converting AVCHD to DVD MPEG2 is a bit lacking -- I get super pixelated results. On the internet, they recommend a high end encoder because the Adobe Media Encoder or Vegas Video don't do a good job. The Optical Stabilizer is Excellent compared to the JVC HD7's terrible stabilizer. Over a good camera, you just need a fast PC/Mac to do post-processing. In the CD disc, there is a utility to convert the AVCHD files to HDV, MPEG2, and Canopus DV codec. Still testing that utility...

I recommend Class 6 SDHC card to record, although the manual said I can use Class 4. On a 16GB SDHC card with Highest Quality recording, you can record up to 1hr 30min. Stock Battery last about 90min. I highly recommend the extended battery from Panasonic -- records up to 7hr with LCD screen open!

I did not get the XLR adapter, but was satisfied with the RODE Video Mic connected to the HMC40's miniplug. Also I like the option to connect to a pair of headphones. Overall a nice cam for less than $2000. Get this cam if you're starting out or on a tight budget or just need a second camera.Panasonic AG HMC40, More Reviews!

Dec 20, 2009 at 05:42 o\clock

Canon XH A1 1.67MP 3CCD High-Definition Camcorder With 20x Optical Zoom

by: pro_camcorders   Keywords: Canon, XH, A1, 67MP, 3CCDCamcorder

Canon XH A1 1.67MP 3CCD High-Definition Camcorder With 20x Optical Zoom

This camera is unbelievably overpriced.
It's like they priced it by the pound or by the button.

The imagers are 1/3". Do you know how small that is? Stink out your pinky and look at the quick, smaller than that. Three of those, one for each color is what your image is recorded through. That is what is gathering all the info. And that is why your over half your point and shoot photos are blurry without a flash. It is the same imager as your $99 point and shoot camera. Go buy a $200 point and shoot that takes HD video and you have the same imaging ability of this camera. Everything else is bells and whistles.

If you were offered two cars, both had the same guts and performance, but one had a bunch of bells and whistles and cost more than four times as much, which would you buy?

What is the rest of the money for? A big telephoto lens, that does not help gather more light. It doesn't, compare the f-stop between it and a prosumer camcorder and point and shoot. It does not even have a higher zoom ratio.
The ability to shoot at different resolutions? Big whoop, so do point and shoots.
The ability to shoot at pseudo frame rates? Point and shoots do that too. Most consumer camcorder do that too and the newer camcorders don't have to shoot in lower HD rez...HDV is only 1440 x 1080...not the full 1920x 1080. And the new camcorders don't have to fake it like this one.

XLR hookups, so what, fine add $200. But they probably cost $50 to build on this thing.

Manual controls of wb, shutter, etc. So does a point and shoot for stills, why should doing that for video cost you thousands?

The ability to do slow zooms. WOW...not that is worth thousands more. Are you a zoom freak. Afraid of moving your legs. Afraid of editing? You're buying this thing and you can't edit. When was the last time you saw a slow smooth ZOOM on network tv. Probably a football game. Is that why you are buying this?

What the hell does this thing do that warrants the price difference between it and even the Canon consumer model HD camcorders?

I've used this camera, nothing warrants it.

NOTHING except to look like a pro. And that is what you are paying for, a lame status thing. The ability to change settings with a button instead of a menu. The ability to manually focus with a ring. The ability to hook in pro mics. And the big "look at me" design. Kinda like driving a hummer.
Hey I have a expensive car, I must be important.

Unfortunately that is the stigma attached to videography. In order to sastify your clients ignorance, you must have a "big" camera, even though the same results can be achieved with a $900 camera.

And instead of charging anything realistic to what's really built in this camera, Canon and the industry get together and make up an arbitrary semi-pro, pro price point. One that you really can't or shouldn't pay. This is half the cost of a new car. This four months of mortgage payments.

Nothing in this camera is not in your average point or shoot, except the lens which arguably and comparitively $500 worth of gears and glass.

And of course if you want to look like a pro, you have to buy one of these under-equipped behemoths.

Will this camera make you talented. No. Will this camera, give you abilities you cannot get using something less expensive. NO.

If you have skills you will do fine with a $900 camera.

Are you a budding filmmaker? The only things you should be concerned with...are a 24fps frame rate...and the ability to change lenses.

Neither of these are offered on this camera. 24f is not true 24fps and barely looks like it.Buy Canon XH A1 Camcorder Lowest Price, Order Now! [Click Here!]