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http://pro.jvc.com/prof/attributes/features.jsp?model_id=MDL102207

This is sort of a shoulder mounted version of the PX100. I don't think it has XLR inputs or a 24p mode. Not bad for people who needs a shoulder mounted camera but the $2000 price is sort of pushing it a little for missing those. Panasonic released a shoulder mounted version of the HMC40 in the past so they might show us a shoulder mounted version of the AC90 which has what the HM70 is missing. On the other hand, the HM70 does have dual battery slots rather than just 1. Now that should gave you a ton of continuous recording time for sure without being plugged in so that could be useful for some applications.
http://pro.jvc.com/pro/attributes/CAMERA/brochure/GY-HM70_Catalog_0228.pdf
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Very interesting... It has the f1.2 lens and also can record 720x480 at 300fps.
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Tiny 1/2.3" sensor .
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Haha for a camcorder 1/2.3" sensor is considered big smile.gif
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Wedding shooters will like the shoulder mount. Yes, the shoulder mounted $1662 Sony MC2000 and the $1170 Panasonic AC7 are less expensive, but their sensors are even smaller (1/4") - and they shoot interlaced, not progressive, at 60fps. If I got the HM70, I would use an impedance matching XLR adapter and in-line phantom power to solve the pro mic input problem.
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I agree, for run and gun wedding video a small sensor with fast F1.2-2.8 3.7-37mm zoom is better than a large APS-C or FF sensor camera were zooms are F2.8 or slower. I bet most people don't care for shallow DOF in their wedding videos and just want everyone in focus.
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I think people want both. Deep DoF for the establishing shots and the ceremony - shallow DoF for the storytelling.

Shallow DoF wedding "how we met" and "behind the scenes" story videos are pretty much the standard these days.

One of my favorites - shot with the GH2:

http://vimeo.com/37401106

When all of your friends' wedding videos look like this, a traditional camcorder wedding video looks a little pedestrian by comparison smile.gif

That said, I'd still want a camcorder for the ceremony!
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The GH2/GH3 is the best DSLR style camera for that since it hits the sweet spot for showing a shallow DOF with fast lenses without being too shallow that makes it hard to keep in focus. The new fast F2.8 12-35mm and 35-100mm with silent AF should work great along with the ultra fast MF Nokton 17.5mm F0.95 and 25mm F0.95. I have the 25mm F0.95 and it's great with my GH2.
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Wedding shooters will like the shoulder mount. Yes, the shoulder mounted $1662 Sony MC2000 and the $1170 Panasonic AC7 are less expensive, but their sensors are even smaller (1/4") - and they shoot interlaced, not progressive, at 60fps.
I did mention that theirs a shoulder mounted version of the HMC40.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/709719-REG/Panasonic_AG_HMC80_AG_HMC80_3MOS_AVCCAM_HD.html
It's currently at $1,900. It's a bit older but has 24p, 30p and XLR inputs. It doesn't have 1080 60p (It does have 720 60p) but as I mentioned, Panasonic might follow the same patch and make a shoulder mounted version of the AC90. The HM70 wont be out until mid May so JVC is really taking a chance with this camera. It still have a slow motion mode as well as dual battery slots though and they'll have to hope competing cameras won't also have dual battery slot.

When it comes to shooting in low light, 1 trick would be to shoot in 24p or 30p and match the shutter. You just have to make sure you take it easy on the pans when shooting with those modes. For the JVC, you'd be forced to shoot in 1080 60p and if you use say a 30 shutter, you'd be throwing away half the frames. It would have been better to have been shooting in a 30p mode to begin with.
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