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Panasonic DVC 30, Sony 2100, Sony FX1-Decisions, Decisions

by markpsf / July 22, 2005 8:01 AM PDT

After a week of researching re an upgrade from a Sony TRV 900, I've rejected both the Panasonic GS 400 (not enough of an upgrade) and the Sony HC1 (too many cost cuts of important functions in order to make this HD camcorder affordable for consumers).

I'll check out the HC1 at a Sony store but doubt that it will be the right camcorder for me because of doubts about slow zoom control and the electronic stabilization, and the absence of an onboard mount for an external mike.

So now I'm looking at the Sony 2100 as one of you guys suggested, although it seems too large for easy travel. Have any of you used it as a camcorder while travelling? How heavy does it feel? I'm also looking at the Panasonic AG-DVC30, which is significantly lighter than the 2100 and a lot cheaper. And I'm also thinking about whether I can afford the Sony FX1 HD camcorder, which is also probably too heavy for easy travel use.

Any experiences, advice, random wild thoughts appreciated.


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Panasonic DVC 30, Sony 2100, Sony FX1-Decisions,
by jcrobso / July 27, 2005 6:29 AM PDT

Since you are talking about HD cameras which are new, I've for one have not had a chance to even look at one.
Since you didn't supply links to them, it takes time. John

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Not sorry with Panasonic DVC30 purchase
by rich2putt / July 28, 2005 10:36 PM PDT

I also have done an extensive research on camcorders. My choice was the Panasonic AG-DVC30 and it?s been everything I wanted in a camera and more. As for HD, it?s still a few years away for consumers. First, vcr?s will not play HD until next year. DVD disk require more gig?s to support HD and double sided disk cost an average of $12 per disk. And finally, HD is not yet in the main steam of homes to enjoy. If you need a camcorder, go with digital and don?t miss all of today?s family shots. You won?t be disappointed in digital. It?s still the best thing going. HD still has a long ways to go??..

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