Updated Camcorder options . . . (help?)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by kwajaln, May 22, 2005.

  1. kwajaln macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2004
    Hey you guys and gals! About six months ago when I was working in Kuwait I had pretty much decided on Canon's Optura 40, but now that I am back in the US and ready to buy I am not so sure. After doing more recent homework, I think I want one of the following digital camcorders:
    Panasonic PV-GS250
    Canon Optura Xi

    I am leaning towards the Panasonic but would love to get some input from anyone who wouldn't mind sharing their opinions. Thanks a lot!!

    BILL :) :)
  2. wiseguy27 macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2005
    which is the better compromise?

    Since you asked for opinions, here are mine (based on my limited knowledge but long research). :D

    Canon is very well known for poor low light performance across all their models (except maybe the models that cost a few thousand dollars). That's the one reason why I wouldn't go for Canon (although the lenses are supposed to be good). Low light for cameras and camcorders includes under the shade and indoors - the cameras and camcorders do not adjust like our eyes and "see well" in such conditions. And for me, low light performance is something I wouldn't want to compromise on.

    In my personal search, I have narrowed down on Panasonic (150GS or 250GS) and Sony - not yet bought anything though. :)

    Secondly, what is more important to you - better image clarity or better color reproduction? You have chosen two different kinds of camcorders - the Canon is a single chip camcorder and the Panasonic is a 3 chip camcorder (one for each of the RBG colors). Keep in mind that although the effective sensor resolution of the Canon is much higher than the Panasonic, this may not make any difference at all for video. And PLEASE DO NOT tell me you plan to use one of these camcorders for still photography too!!! They're not meant for that!

    If you look at the minimum lux rating (the lower the better for low light shooting) and the aperture range (the higher the better), the Panasonic is better than the Canon. From a viewing perspective, I guess more people would appreciate video from a 3 chip camcorder (with crisper colors) than one with a good single chip camcorder.

    So I personally feel, among these two models, the Panasonic is a better compromise. If Canon as a brand pulls you, look at something like the Canon GL2 - it will definitely please you (not sure about your pocket). :)
  3. Sca1pel macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2005
    I would say a Sony HDR-FX1....Nah just kidding I dont know swuat abou cam corders.
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I have an earlier version of the Panasonic 250 (I think it's the GS70, maybe the GS120--one of the first 3-CCD versions). Very happy with it, except for low light. I'm no pro, so I probably could tweak it, but it's not the best for low light. But the images in decent light are excellent.

    Also, and this is important, no problems with iMovie. I don't think it was officially listed as supported when I bought it, and the manual (at the time) said nothing about macs. But I bought the 4-to-6 pin FW cable, and have had no problems downloading to iMovie and editing with it.
  5. kwajaln thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2004
    Thanks for the responses! I ordered the Panasonic earlier today. I definitely feel that I made a wise decision. Now I can't wait for it to arrive! :D

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