View Full Version : Panasonic Ag-DVX-100A vs Canon XLS1

06-08-2004, 07:27 PM
I am most appreciative if anyone can give me some suggestions on which video camera would be best for me. I Plan to use it for instructional video's for clients and small event filming (Birthdays, weddings, Hiking etc.) I believe I have narrowed it to the 2 video recorders above. Thanks

06-08-2004, 07:29 PM
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06-08-2004, 08:17 PM
Both of those would be more than enough for what you need.

I'd go with the Panasonic, though. It has an LCD pop-out viewer on the side. The XLS does not. That means either keeping one eye permantly on the eyepiece (and not being able to quickly get a high-shot or spontaneous angles), or lugging about an external monitor.

That's no problem for presentation-style videos with a relatively still frame, but it will make things a bit more difficult at those weddings & other parties where people are milling about and moving all over the place.

Just my opinion. :shock:

06-08-2004, 09:07 PM
I'd go with the Panasonic as well. Mainly because I'm starting to think everything Zen says is 100% correct.


06-08-2004, 09:18 PM
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06-08-2004, 09:28 PM
I just got the Panasonic for graduation, and it rocks so hard. I havent used the Canon XL1s but i can definitely say that the Panasonic is excellent, user friendly for the most part too.

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06-08-2004, 09:30 PM
Zensteve...a man of infinite wisdom and infinite quotes.

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06-09-2004, 07:29 AM
I've cut a couple of films that were shot on Cannon XL series cameras. The picture is soft, and the color tends towards the red end of the spectrum. I've never cut any footage from the Panasonic, but from those I know who've used them or cut footage from them, they like the results.

06-09-2004, 09:57 AM
Go for the Panasonic. I've been in the biz for 16 years and it's the first under $5000 video camera I thought was worth owning and that's the reason I bought one. This camera has features I"ve only seen in cameras costing twice as much.


06-09-2004, 06:42 PM
Thanks everyone for your input. I will go the panasonic vice the canon.

06-09-2004, 09:45 PM
Alright, more commision!!!

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