Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Illmetaphor, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Illmetaphor macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2009
    I need help...I know this question has been asked a million times before.

    I have been looking at the Cannon cameras. Vixia HF or HV?

    I want

    Flash/Internal Hard Drive
    XLR audio connection - a must
    Compatibility with Macs

    Also any suggestions for accessories for lighting, tripod, bag, cables, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. I will be doing everything with his camera....concerts, events, interviews, music videos, and just my own personal ideas.

  2. mbell75 macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    Get the Vixia HF S10. All the reviews around agree its pretty much the best prosumer cam on the market right now.
  3. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    neither of those have XLR inputs...

    for that you'll need to crack open the wallet for a Panasonic HMC150 or a JVC GY-HM100u
  4. TH3D4RKKN1GH7 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    Or you can get one of those and an Zoom H4N and you get two XLR ports and something to that can record quality NAT audio.
  5. midge50 macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009
    I hope you get some answers, but please, in future postings be a bit more descriptive in the subject line.

  6. Illmetaphor thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2009
    thanks guys...

    what is the main difference between the vixia hfs10 and the vixia hf20?

    the reason I ask this is because the large price difference...and the hf20 has 15x zoom?

    So I'm guessing you have to get a Prosumer camera to get XLR inputs?

    The Zoom H4N...can you guys elaborate on that a little. A good place to purchase one? Also...will it record straight from a mix board at a live concert with good quality?
  7. mbell75 macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    The S10 has a larger image sensor, more megapixels, more manual controls and a larger HD lens than the HF20. However, in the tests and reviews I have seen, the 20 is VERY close in image quality to the S10. Difference between 10 and 15x optical zoom is pretty noticeable. Depends if you really need it.
  8. UndertheRadar macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2007
    Go with a hmc-150 or the hmc-40. You'll want the xlr inputs
  9. mbell75 macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    My roommate has the HMC150 and the footage I shot with the S10 from the same event he did was much better quality. From what most people are saying, seems the sweet spot for resolution on the 150 is 720/24p. Not to mention it only records 1440x810 and not full 1920x1080 and its also limited to 21Mbps while the S10 will shoot 24Mbps.

    Only reason to get the 150 is for the extra bells and whistles, but when it comes down to the final product, the S10 video quality is superior. Its also alot less expensive. I belive you can get external mics for the S10.
  10. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The HMC150 only records in 1440x1080 if it's set to the lowest quality setting. All other quality settings are full raster (1920x1080).

  11. Illmetaphor thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2009
    I have decided on this...

    Canon HSF 10

    Transcend 16 GB SDHC Class 6 Flash Memory Card

    Canon VFL -2 Video Light...is it easy to update the firmware on a Mac or should I just get a different light?

    Canon BP-819 Lithium Ion Battery Pack for HF10 and HF100 Camcorders

    Canon 2590B002 CG-800 Lithium Ion Battery Charger for 800 Series Batteries

    Can anyone suggest a bag and tripod?
  12. Illmetaphor thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2009
    anyone have anything to say about these accessories

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