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I am looking to purchase a camcorder and have come across these two so far; the Canon A1 and the Canon XL2. The main thing I will be using this for is to record football games and other action sports. I need good zoom for far shots, good autofocus and quick, video needs to be smooth and not blurry. I need it for fast action so whatever is best for that, please let me know. Also, I don't have a huge budget..... so no astronomically priced ones, please. Thanks

Oh, and I am new to this stuff so talk to me like i'm 5. Hahaha. Thanks
 

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I'm not sure I'd get either of those just because they don't support a 60 fps progressive capture, which in my experience is essential for sports.


I'm don't know much about pro series camcorders, but if it was a consumer camcorder I'd definitely pick the sdt750 for sports, 1080p60, best image stabilization.
 

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The TV station I used to work for had the EX1's set at 1080/60i, but the broadcast signal was 720/29.97p. I'm pretty sure there was a 480i bottleneck in the system somewhere too. But I don't think anyone complained.
 

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The TV station I used to work for had the EX1's set at 1080/60i, but the broadcast signal was 720/29.97p. I'm pretty sure there was a 480i bottleneck in the system somewhere too. But I don't think anyone complained.

I really doubt that your station brodcasts in 30p.
 

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I really doubt that your station brodcasts in 30p.

well I was told it was 720p, it's certainly not interlaced. It's not 24p, and I am pretty sure it's not 60p. I also suspect they are not broadcasting in the PAL 25p spec. So, if you want to go by process of elimination.... I am talking about the HD channel.
 

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well I was told it was 720p, it's certainly not interlaced. It's not 24p, and I am pretty sure it's not 60p. I also suspect they are not broadcasting in the PAL 25p spec. So, if you want to go by process of elimination.... I am talking about the HD channel.

I am 99.9(9)% sure that it is 60p, because this is what they use for 720p broadcast in the U.S., which makes total sense, as you can broadcast 24p, 30p, 60i (deinterlaced) and 60p over 60p, but you cannot broadcast 60i (preserving temporal resolution) over 30p.
 
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