Showdown/Lowdown; Panasonic AG-DVX100B versus Sony DSR-PD170

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ionfiter, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. ionfiter macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2006
    Central Colorado, 7000 feet
    I think I've narrowed it down to these two, wanting to buy one camera for DVD documentaries now, but with the capability to start shooting a festival quality film after I've become competent at operating the camera - in a year or so.

    I've found the Sony for $500 less, but the final video image is the important factor.

    Anyone able to tell me why this particular Sony is not as capable as this particular Panasonic?

    I'm open to other cameras, but nothing over $2500 (these are both under). So please comment mainly on these two, unless you think I've really missed a gem.

    Thanks so much!
  2. poppe macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2006
    Woodland Hills
    I don't know about the the sony. We used the Panasonic in a short film recently. Quality was really nice. Personally I don't like being able to switch out the lenses but it got the job done. Most people at my school are fan boys for the the DVX 100. Still for the price its pretty sweet.
  3. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    the DVX is hands down a more film-like look...that is why I bought it :D

    where are you finding it for under $2500 though? that is getting into creepy scam/grey market cam range...
  4. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    as to why the sony isn't capable: no 24p, DVX's superior gamma/color settings, DVX's superior audio system...the list goes on. there is a lot of information comparing cameras in this range, I'm sure you can find it with a quick google search.
  5. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Member ionfiter has had trouble logging into the forums, and asked me to post this message:
    Thanks so much for the 'scam' alert advice.

    Think you are right, as all feedback reports indicate the sources below $2500 are bait & switchers or shipping gray market stuff, or some such.

    Only exception is, which has been in business at least 6 years, and has quite a few good feedback reviews on a few different websites, but also several suspicious and bad reviews.

    Unless a couple of people here can recommend zoommania, I will have to count them out too.

    Lowest other prices are right at $2600, but include some variety of 'extra' packages included "free".

    Sure wish I could just buy the DVX100B with it's boxed accessories for, like, $2100..........​

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