Four Affordable HD Camcorders Compared by Adam Wilt HD CamsOn January 11th, filmmaker Barry Green organized a side-by-side comparison of four low-cost HD camcorders: the Canon XL H1, JVC GY-HD100U, Panasonic AG-HVX200, and the Sony HVR-Z1U. Barry was prompted to do this by rampant speculation and widely varying reported performance figures for the various cameras; he wanted to know what the cameras did relative to each other. For reference, he added two "real" HD camcorders to the mix: the Panasonic HDC27F Varicam and the Sony HDW-F900/3 CineAlta. I had the privilege of crashing his party, and this is my report on how the tests were conducted and what we saw. I'm basing this both on impressions I had and notes I took on location, and on examining captured clips from all the cameras. read more...

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