SteadyShot and small camera for my documentaries?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Guest, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi I'd like to know tour advice.
    I'm a solitary traveller and I make documentaries around the world.
    Often I do trekking on the mountains
    and in the rainforest.
    I have not clear ideas. In your opinion is it better to purchase a
    camera like SonyFX1 (or like FX7) or
    a very small camera (handycam HDR-HC3) and to use with it a
    I have ever used the SteadyShot but the idea to bring a very small
    camera allures me?
    Thanks for your opinions,
    Guest, Dec 18, 2006
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    yarock Guest

    Check out the new Canon HV10. It's very small and shoots in sd and
    hdv.I've used it as a third camera with my Canon H1 and sony FX1. You
    will need some kind of stabilizer because it is so small and light.
    Bruce S. yarock
    yarock, Dec 19, 2006
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi, thanks a lot for your advice. I am undecided if I will buy Sony
    FX1 or a smaller camera.
    Can you tell me if a small camera like Canon HV10 gives the same image
    quality than Sony FX1 or worse (a little bit)?
    Guest, Dec 19, 2006
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    Spex Guest

    I have the Sony HVR-V1 which is the big brother of the FX7. Get the FX7
    as it will shoot rings around anything else. I have never seen an image
    this good in a camera so affordable.
    Spex, Dec 19, 2006
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Thanks for your advice. Many people tell me Sony FX1 gives better
    image than FX7. I know it is subjective but can you tell me the image
    difference between a FX1 and FX7?
    I am worried because I don't know what to purchase.
    Guest, Dec 19, 2006
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    Spex Guest

    The image from the FX7 is far superior to the image of the FX1 in terms
    of resolution and colour reproduction. With a bit of tweaking in camera
    the image can be absolutely mind blowing most unlike any other camera in
    its price range. The image no longer looks like video it is quite

    Don't take my word for it. Go and get yourself a demo.
    Spex, Dec 19, 2006
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have many batteries for Sony VX2000, do you know if I can use them
    with Sony FX7 or FX1?
    Guest, Dec 20, 2006
  8. Guest

    Spex Guest

    I currently have a big fat NP-F960 currently on my V1 from my PD150. So
    the answer is yes regarding the FX7.
    Spex, Dec 20, 2006
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    yarock Guest

    Did you try the Canon A1 also? I was curious as to how the new Sony
    compares. If I get more business down the road, I'll probably want to
    sell my FX1 and get something that shoots 24 also, and that I can use
    as a 2nd cam with my XLH1.Right now, if I do a two or three cam hi Def
    shoot, it has to be in60i.(Fx1, H1 and HV10). Btw, I LOVE the image on
    the H1.
    Bruce S. Yarock
    yarock, Dec 22, 2006
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    Spex Guest

    Yep, I had a direct side by side demo of the XH-A1 and the HVR-V1E.

    It is a very close choice between two fantastic cameras. I chose the
    Sony over the Canon as it had a better picture, much less video looking
    and unbelievable colour reproduction. A very natural look without that
    "Sony" bluey video look. I also value the Prime Support package which
    the Canon does not have so 2 years peace of mind. But by far the
    biggest reason for choosing the Sony was the gargantuan LCD. An
    absolute dream to find focus on unlike the Canon's which is just too
    small and I thought I might struggle to regularly hit critical focus
    with it. Not only that the Sony can have Zebras, Peaking and Histogram
    active while shooting which makes focusing and exposing dead easy. I
    thought the histogram would be a gimmick but it isn't. It is a really
    useful tool and I'd be at a loss without it now.

    The Canon has by far the most parameters for fiddlers in the known
    universe whereas the Sony is very modest but everything that one would
    expect to find is there such as film like gamma curves and black and
    white point control etc etc.

    So, its is a very difficult decision. I imagine if I were you I'd go
    the Canon route as the picture would cut better with your current

    If you ever read anyone saying that one camera is vastly superior to the
    other you know they are talking out of their ass!!! Very close.

    Two great cameras.

    Spex, Dec 22, 2006
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