Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
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I have been holding out and saving my money for an FX7, but lately I have been having second thoughts about the HV20.
My shooting is as follows: Family 25%, Scenery 35%, Trains (railroading subjects) 40%.
I need a camcorder that does the following well:
1. Great and accurate picture quality (sharp details, accurate colors, good with moving objects).
2. Good sound capturing.
3. Easy to use, but with some of the more important/common manual adjustments.
I do a fair amount of shooting out west, in big sky country, and wish to capture as much of it as I can, with the best amount of fine detail and accurate color as I can. I want to feel, when viewing my product on a big plasma, that I am out there again. When shooting out there, I use a tripod 90% of the time, so the OIS is not that big of a deal. Night shots (evening or dusk, indoor shots) are not too often. Most of my shooting is done in daylight.
Whether it be trains moving across the Rocky Mountain front, or just a slow pan from a high perch looking over the high plains at sunset, I wish to capture the picture and sounds as accurately as I can, with a picture that captures the feeling of "bigness" and can put it on a big screen tv (plasma) that recreates that feeling of "being there". I love the sky out there, as well as the factor of distances, and wish to capture what is possible concerning that also. When I can no longer get out there due to age or whatever, I want to be able to view these videos that I have shot, and be pulled into the scene and remember what it all felt like being out there. Currently, my Sony DV camcorder can't quite do that on my plasma, due to reduced resolution of that camcorder(PQ).
I like the FX7 for its manual controls, 20X zoom, and its extra weight (reduces my shaking when not using a tripod). The sound capturing was/is a concern. Also, I am used to Sony products since I have owned a Sony DV cam for several years now. So the FX7 seems like a good choice for me, for the most part. But the price is alittle scarey. It will take me longer to save for.
Will an HV20 with a suitable wide angle lens and suitable microphone do a comparible job? Even though I will have to give up some on the zoom factor and on the weight (FX7 makes it smoother on my fluid head tripod because of its greater weight), will the HV20 work for me? Can it capture the fullness (richness), and depth of field that I imagine I can capture with an HD camcorder?
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