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Absolutely.


This is a great cam for the money. Dual jack pack for multiple mics.... incredible low light performance....


It however is NOT a point and shoot type cam. You have to know what you are doing in order to get the expected performance out of it. Your video can easily look disastrous if you don't know how to set it up.


It's not exactly a free hand cam though. Although you Can use it free hand and it does have a strap for that purpose.... the arm gets tired pretty fast due to its weight. You would be better served on a tripod or mono pod.


The only disadvantage (to some people) is that it doesn't shoot real 24p (only 24f)


When Canon built this cam, what they wanted was a cam that would fit in well in both the serious hobbyist category as well as the low end pro videographer category. This cam fits the bill quite well.
 

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canon makes great prosumer camcorders, but the a1 is old.


if you are looking to buy a prosumer camcorder, be sure and evaluate the panasonic hmc150... see dvxuser.com and dvinfo.net for some user experiences.


o.k., i see from the other thread you posted that you need sdi and such, i don't know if the hmc150 has that capability.
 

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If you're in this price range be sure to check out either the Sony FX1000 or the Sony Z5.


These are newer cams and have the best low light performance of any prosumer camcorder on the market.


By the way, the Canon A1 has been updated to the Canon A1S. Not a lot of changes, but some.
 
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