While I was taking the new Panasonic HVX200 out for a spin, Steve Garfield taped an interview (in retro standard definition video) with me, and the results of that appeared on Rocketboom. Lots of good comments were made on the piece, one from joe suggested they would have liked a “Consumer Reports style” comparison, so here it is.
The chart is a work in progress, I’d appreciate any commments, suggestions, and corrections you might have, and I’ll update the chart based on the comments I get.
Thanks for the review of the camera. I am in the market for a camera and some equipment for a high school video/media production class (in nearby Rhode Island) we are starting next Fall. Though I can’t afford an HD camera, could you contact me via email to make some sugestions on some other startup equipment. Thanks
Rob, I’ll send you an e-mail so we can discuss specifics, but in general, for HDV on a tight budget, Sony’s little HVR-A1U 1-chip prosumer HDV camcorder or their HDR-HC1 1-chip consumer camera might be the ticket. HDV camcorders are rapidly dropping in price and I would hesitate to invest in a DV camcorder this year for work that has a “shelf-life,”, on the other hand, for learning and casual work DV is just fine. Good composition, exposure, and an interesting subject are more important than the specific camera.
Thanks for the comparison chart, much appreciated. I think you left out that the AG-HVX200 also records to mini-dv, not just the P-2 deck. fyi. Interested in hearing more consumer reports. keep up the good work.