View Full Version : Panasonic AG-DVX100a


swolff13
06-16-2011, 04:38 PM
Hey all-

I'm a total newbie when it comes to purchasing cameras.

A little background- I came across the Panasonic AG-DVX100a in an advertisement in the L.A. Times, used and on sale for $900. It seems to have a lot of good reviews, and it's right in my price range.

So...

- Has anybody had any experience with the retailer Bel Air?
- Has anybody had personal experience with this camera, or heard anything good/bad about it?
- Does anybody know of a better camera in the same price range (preferably under $1,000)?
- I don't care about how scratched up the camera looks- does the camera being used have any implications on the image quality itself?

Any other knowledge you might have that would steer me towards the best fitting camera is greatly appreciated. Again, I'm a noob, so feel free to make fun of me for any poor camera knowledge. I'm here to learn.

Thanks for the time and any help!

SinEater
06-16-2011, 04:45 PM
Hey all-

I'm a total newbie when it comes to purchasing cameras.

A little background- I came across the Panasonic AG-DVX100a in an advertisement in the L.A. Times, used and on sale for $900. It seems to have a lot of good reviews, and it's right in my price range.

So...

- Has anybody had any experience with the retailer Bel Air?
- Has anybody had personal experience with this camera, or heard anything good/bad about it?
- Does anybody know of a better camera in the same price range (preferably under $1,000)?
- I don't care about how scratched up the camera looks- does the camera being used have any implications on the image quality itself?

Any other knowledge you might have that would steer me towards the best fitting camera is greatly appreciated. Again, I'm a noob, so feel free to make fun of me for any poor camera knowledge. I'm here to learn.

Thanks for the time and any help!

What do you intend to use the camera for? The DVX100a was a great camera, but it's old. It'd be hard to recommend shelling out almost a grand on an SD camera at this point.

Uranium City
06-16-2011, 07:35 PM
The DVX100A was the workhorse of the DV indie world for quite awhile. We made every movie before last year with a team of DVX100 owner/operators. It will shoot 24p and has full manual controls making it a great filmmaker's tool. But everyone went HD, and it seems once you go HD you never look back.

That said, every cameraman I deal with who owned the DVX100 and upgraded to various flavors of HD (including the Canon 7D, and the Panasonic GH2) refused to sell/trade their DVX100 when upgrading. They love their cameras and will hang on to them forever.

It's worth every penny of $900, but your results will only ever be standard definition.

swolff13
06-16-2011, 07:39 PM
What do you intend to use the camera for? The DVX100a was a great camera, but it's old. It'd be hard to recommend shelling out almost a grand on an SD camera at this point.

It'd be used for short films. I don't anticipate extreme weather conditions or much shooting in the dark.

Is there something newer that's around the same price range, used?

I appreciate the advice, thanks again.

sonnyboo
06-16-2011, 09:58 PM
The Canon HV20/HV30/HV40 is an HD camera that shoots 24P in 1080 HD, and it has cinegamma color too.

Uranium City
06-16-2011, 10:14 PM
The Canon HV20/HV30/HV40 is an HD camera that shoots 24P in 1080 HD, and it has cinegamma color too.

And can be had for $650 new, leaving you money left over for lights and audio equipment, etc.

Gonzo_Entertainment
06-21-2011, 10:36 AM
In my area Craigslist has had a FLOOD of XL2s recently. Most are overpriced (some people wanting $1500 to $1800 for one). I wouldn't pay more than $500 or $600 for ANY SD camera at this stage personally.