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The Canon is a high definition camera, but it uses inferior GOP compression for recording. The DVX100B uses superior DV compression, but it's only a standard definition camera.
For myself, I think ALL video cameras should have two very basic features - full resolution imaging devices, and full-raster frame independent recording. Right now the only affordable cameras that have that are standard definition. The only HD camera that has that costs about $50,000.
If you can wait for HD, I always recommend not buying until camera makers get it right in the affordable realm. If you can't wait for HD, the XH-A1 has been written up as one of the best HDV cameras around.
You may want to look seriously at that Canon HV20, or HV30, the HV20 is an amazing camcorder, shoots mind blowing video for its price range. Check out www.hv20.com for many amateur film makers with video that will make you drool.
Here's a link to the footage forum, - where amateur filmmakers post their videos, some of them are very proffesional. Many say the HV20 rivals much more expensive cameras ( in the $4,000 range )
here's a war film shot with the Canon HV20:
here's another good one, - pretty amazing footage. All shot
with the Canon HV20.
WW2 Tiger Tank sixth scale RC model in action
I've just chosen a few I know were good, but there are dozens and dozens of great amateur movies shot, check some of them out, and you will be impressed with what this little camcorder can do.
Thank you. I appreciate the imput and will chew on it for awhile. Do both of these cameras work easily in PP as far as compatibility, etc.?
I agree with all the stuff Jim said. I have a pair of Canon XH A1's but i have them a year ahead of what I desire. I omly upgraded to these cams because I dropped my old XL1 workhorse and the repair cost was more than the cam was worth. Othereise I would still be shooting with the XL1's. HDV is still bleeding edge as far as I am concerned. Delivery of HD via Blu-Ray is definitely bleeding edge. Remember the compatibility issues with burned DVDs and setop dvd players when dvd burning first started?
So; why did I upgrade to an HDV Cam?
Cause the A1 is an excellent SD cam as well. Seemed silly to me to buy an inequivalent priced SD only cam when I could get the A1 for the same price and also have HDV available. BTW; The A1 Is an excellent SD cam either in SD mode directly, or shooting HDV and downscaling.
Things i really like about thr A1:
Aperture ring on the lens. On the old XL1 the aperture control was a silly button the body. Having a ring on the lens is sooo much better.
Image customization: The factory defaut is a very natural image. But via several presets you can create a lot of different looks (for example if you prefer the sony consumer saturated image look)
Dual XLR ports on the body. No dongles or special cords.
Its a great cam; but has all the negative aspects of HDV Jim pointed out.
Does it "edit in PPRO OK"? In SD mode; yes
In HDV Mode; have a really fast computer to run native in PPRO; it will work. Or have a reasonably fast computer and also buy Cineform. Or; buy a 3rd party card (aja, intesity) to allow analog capture and edit uncompressed. (read really fast disk array)
>Seemed silly to me to buy an inequivalent priced SD only cam when I could get the A1 for the same price
Just so folks don't get the wrong idea, the XH-A1 will run about a grand more than the DVX100B.
Thanks folks for the info- I really appreciate hearing the different views.
Yes Jim, I was painting with a big brush.
An A1 at $3500 is in the same ballpark as many sd cams. Not suggesting you cant get a good sd cam cheaper. Of course you can. Sorry if I was misleading.