DV Mag by Adam Wilt Four Affordable HD Camcorders Compared, Episode 2 shootout Following filmmaker Barry Green's tests on Canon's HL X1, JVC's GY-HD100, Panasonic's AG-HVX200, and Sony's HVR-Z1 in Burbank, California, (featured on DV.com as "Four Affordable HD Camcorders Compared"), Chris Hurd of dvinfo.net, Mike Curtis of hdforindies.com, and I arranged a four-day test near Austin. We explored the same four cameras more thoroughly, recording to their native formats, using test charts and static scenes, dynamic motion, indoor and outdoor setups, and location work. We also went handheld, to roughly evaluate the cameras for run 'n' gun work. We shot some scenes using the high-end Panasonic AJ-HDC27H VariCam as a reference, and took the opportunity to get a first look at the new Sony PDW-F350 XDCAM HD camcorder. read more...

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