DMN By Peter May Forsake the Sony HVR-Z1U for the Panasonic AG HVX200?
Producer/Director and Digital Media Net contributing editor Peter May has, this past week, had to make one of those choices weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all facing all too often nowadays. He looked down one afternoon to see his Ã¢â‚¬Å“oldÃ¢â‚¬ Sony HVR-Z1 and a brand, spankinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ new Panasonic AG HVX200, side by side on his bench, competing for attention. These two cameras represent two well-reviewed, new-tech-driven, high-definition alternatives, offered by respected HD players, sharing similar price points and form factors. Yet these are two very different cameras that will appeal to very different HD users. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s PeteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s decision and how he got there. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t blame me, blame my buddy Jim. He said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I need a second Sony Z1, you love new technology, sell me your Z1, buy the latest and greatest.Ã¢â‚¬ Just about then my editor drops by with a new Panasonic AG-HVX 200P for me to review and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll admit, right away I was all Ã¢â‚¬Å“Z1 who?Ã¢â‚¬ Now, this article isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t meant to be a head-to-head comparison between the Panasonic apple and the Sony orange. I mean, how dare me!? HD vs. HDV? P2 vs. tape? True 24P vs. Cineframe? Still, the fact is, HVX200 vs. HVR-Z1 is the decision presented me and, given that both these cameras hang out at the intersection of Pricepoint and Innovation, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m betting IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not the only whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stood on this corner. Read More