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We are trying to built a video-system for streaming worship services over the Internet. After digging some more on the Internet we narrowed it down to these three options:
- Sony HVR-HD1000U, entry-level professional camcorder with HD capability
- Panasonic HC-X920, remarkable sensor specifications (1/2.3" 3 backlit sensors, min. lux performance)
- Canon Legria HF G25 / Cannon Vixia HF G20, top of the line in online reviews, smaller sensor than Panasonic's


We are looking for a primary camera that would be filming from the back - 40-50m away from the scene - in low/difficult light setup.


Giving the tasks at hand what would you pick?
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After much debate and testing the Canon G25/Panasonic X920 we came to the conclusion that we need at least 15x optical zoom to get a decent picture quality in our setup.

Searching back and forth we took into consideration new cameras: Sony HDR-FX7, PMW150, HVR-Z1from which the FX7 seems the most appealing - 20x optical zoom, decent performance in artificial light, easier to use.

Do you have any experience/opinion on the FX7 that we can take into consideration before buying it?
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Searching back and forth we took into consideration new cameras: Sony HDR-FX7, PMW150, HVR-Z1from which the FX7 seems the most appealing - 20x optical zoom, decent performance in artificial light, easier to use.

Do you have any experience/opinion on the FX7 that we can take into consideration before buying it?
Of these only the PMW-150 is a decent one. The FX7 and the Z1 are like seven or eight year old tape-based prosumer. You don't want them.

If you like the FX7 then get the Panasonic HMC40: kind of the same thing, but tapeless, has more recording modes, works with OEM XLR adapter. It has x12 lens, but do you really really need x15? I think that a tele adapter would make more sense than buying outdated junk.
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