Sony HDR-FX1 or HDR-FX7

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by John, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. John

    John Guest

    Hi,

    I am looking into a new video camera. I am considering either of
    these FX1 or the FX7. I here the FX1 is an older model but has a
    wider angle lens. I like that feature. I am currently taking tennis
    videos. My current camera is a Panasonic VHS-C camera which is very
    reliable and for SD work looks great. Good color. ; Up to 1/10,000th
    sec sutter speed. I think it has a 1/2" CCD Sensor. My VHS-C camera
    does not have a Mic out jack and that is a real draw back for me.The
    lens on this camera says 5.3mm-84.8mm. This will give me some idea how
    wide the two Sony cameras have. I also have a canon A1 that the
    recording does not work very well. The A1 came with 3 lenses one of
    which is a very nice wide angle lengle. and a nice light weight 8x mid
    range lens. plus the 15x lens. I like the ability to monitor the audio
    via earphones. this is very helpful on the Canon. My criteria is as
    follows...

    1) very good picture quality #1.
    2) good light adjustment, etc.
    3) ability to manually adjust shutter speed and ap. amounts.
    4) able to use an external Zoom Mic.
    5) ability to monitor Audio via earphones.
    6) manual zoom of the lens would be nice.
    7) a macro close up setting would also be nice.

    Those are the main points I can think of for now. I don't need any of
    the fancy editing stuff. I just go back to Adobe Premiere Pro for all
    the editing effects. any other suggestions in the $1000US-$1500 price
    range.

    Thanks,

    John
     
    John, Dec 1, 2008
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  2. John

    ushere Guest

    why not simply hire/borrow/whatever both of them and try a test shoot of
    what you're likely to be shooting?
     
    ushere, Dec 2, 2008
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  3. Comparing this HDV mpeg2 camera to VHS-C is like comparing a model T to 2008 Focus. This camera is what I would call a basic Pro-Sumer camera. The quality of HDV look very good. If audio is important to you I reccomend getting a camera with XLR inputs. The shotgun mic on the camera shold work fine, but Audio Technica and Shure make decent mics for the budget concious. IF you're doing video production get yourself a good lavelier mic and wireless system. A shotgun mic is always going to sound hollow. Even the one on camera. Good audio is about wise mic placement. As far as cameras, go from what I can tell about the FX7, it's a 3 chip camera that's 1080i. That's not too bad for that price. 3 hips definitely give better quality than one. Try to go with the bigger chip. In your category I think your limited.

    I also like the Panasonic and Canon GL cameras too. With a $1500 budget, your stuck in the high-end consumer catagory. If you have another thousand, you can find something something good.
     
    chuckwagon524, Dec 8, 2008
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