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Good but waiting for v. 2.0
on February 21, 2011
Much has been said, but I'll add a bit. We use this camera for live events and produced videos. Here's what we've learned in 6 months.
1) Buy the 150. We also have the 40 which does what the 150 does, but for pro use, the features are slow and cumbersome to access on the HMC40.
2) Great if you use Adobe Premier C6. Not so much if you use Final Cut Pro 7. We have both. Premier is native to AVCHD. With Final Cut, the transcoding is almost worse than tape ingestion. With Premier, you can preview the videos easily, edit them easily, and you aren't so dependent on rendering.
3) Watch the errors. We had one interview error after 45 minutes and lost it. It's the first in 7 months of usage, but we lost about $4000 worth of footage. Panasonic has a recovery tool, but it didn't work. We were using a Transcend card (cheaper) on that shoot, so we won't do that again. We'll go back to Sandisk.
4) Low light is much worse than SD, but I guess all HD is. It works for us because we light everything. Wouldn't work if you don't have lighting control.
5) We really wish it had a 20x zoom. The 13x is a compromise from our old 100A's.
We'll probably buy another one, but we're waiting to see if Cannon comes out with an SD card based HD camera.