Which Cam for 'run and gun' travel documentories ?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by reinholdus, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. reinholdus

    reinholdus Guest

    Since quite a while i am considerung the pro and con of the following
    listed Cams for travelling run and gun documentories:

    PD170 for low light and good auto functions and qual audio, excellent
    picture, wide lens included (hiss problem again!!)

    DVX100A: superb picture cinelook and superb sound, low light at least
    at 25p (Pal) no good, at 60i exceptable ! ??

    PDX10: True16/9, unsuspicious, low light less goodfor the size, auto
    functions and the true 16/9 (how good is it, any experiences) how good
    is the pic quality

    VX2100: good low light, build in mic more unsuspicious

    Main decisional consideration are fluctuating around low light,
    handling in nonsrcipted settings and picture quality (cine Look,
    16/9).
    I'm shooting sort of (self)experimental roadmoviestyle biketraveling
    docu, so lots of landscapes, roads, people..dust, temperature,
    gravitational impact
    I appreciate any hint or comparative glue concerning the handling of
    these cams in nonscripted settings.
    Mic will be ME66 or MKH 419. I had a TRV 900 for 5 years now, half
    smashed and rotten by now.

    Thanks and Happy New Year

    Reinhold
     
    reinholdus, Dec 31, 2003
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  2. VX2000/2100 - excellent high and low light picture, good ambient-sound
    recording with the built-in mic (and the camera is more compact, less
    intimidating looking - and "hiss" is a non-issue for all but quiet-room recording,
    and good noise-reduction software easily takes care of what little may be
    evident there...), very long recording time with inexpensive and compact
    batteries, proven history of reasonable durability/compatibility, etc.
    I did not like the TRV950 (and variants) - the picture is too contrasty (the
    900 is better in this and low-light range; the VX2000 [and variants] are
    better yet...). The alternative would be the DVX100 (though the range of lens
    converters is more restricted, durability may not be as high, and the low-light
    picture is not quite as smooth...).
     
    David Ruether, Dec 31, 2003
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