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Upcoming PRO HD camcorders

by benface / May 4, 2008 1:59 AM PDT


As an amateur filmmaker, I am currently planning to buy an HD camcorder. The model that interests me the most is the Canon XH A1... With all these features and positive reviews, I think I can't be wrong. But it's a bit expensive... and a few years old. I would like to know if there's any information about upcoming HD camcorders that would be similar, and maybe better. When is there going to be new models? Or do you have any other suggestion for me? Thank you very much!


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by benface / May 6, 2008 11:41 AM PDT

No replies. Well. I have also found that the Sony HVR-V1U is very similar to the Canon XH A1. Any thoughts?

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The XH-A1 looks like a better camera.
by Kiddpeat / May 6, 2008 3:47 PM PDT
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Lots of small points add up to a better camera. The Sony has 1 XLR while the Canon has two. I can't see the Sony focal length range, but the Canon's is very impressive.

No one knows when Canon will introduce a successor, but the XH-A1 isn't very old. High end video cameras tend to have a longer life before upgrades than other types of cameras. You can wait for a new one, or move ahead.

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Thank you
by benface / May 6, 2008 9:59 PM PDT

Thank you for your response. I also think the Canon XH A1 looks better. The only feature that attracted me on the Sony is the "slow-motion" feature I've heard. But I think you can record up to 60 fps with the Canon, which is enough for slow motion for me.

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The XH-A1 can record DV or HDV. These specs do not include
by Kiddpeat / May 6, 2008 11:35 PM PDT
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60 frames per second. It can record 60 interlaced frames per secomd which, since it requires 2 interlaced frames to produce a full frame, means it can produce 30 full frames per second just like virtually every other video camera on the market. The Sony feature is a very short burst of high speed frames which are then converted back to 30 frames per second.

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by benface / May 7, 2008 8:34 AM PDT

You mean it can't record more frames per second than my small Sony Handycam (DCR-TRV33)? I remember watching a slow motion footage of the XH-A1... It was edited with some effect, but it was very impressive.

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Clarification on the XLR connection...
by boya84 / May 7, 2008 3:46 AM PDT

I was using a HVR-V1U last weekend - that XLR connector on the top of the camera has two XLR jacks - 1 left, 1 right. They are independently controlled channels as any good unit should be. I don't know why B&H shows it as 1 XLR.
Refer to page 5.

I do like the larger LCD panel on the V1U, though some find the use of menu selection on the touch screen annoying, I've gotten used to it (on my HDR-HC1), plus it's size is useful for framing a shot. Between the two my vote goes with the XHA1. I can always use an even larger external monitor (flatpanel mounted to the tripod) in place of the little LCD screen...

I am looking for a new camera, too. My short list also has the XHA1 and V1U... and the Sony HDR-FX1, FX7 and HVR-Z1U...

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