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    Tokyo, Japan
  • Interests
    Videography and Photography, and now scuba diving. =)

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Sony TRV900 (video) and Canon IXY 500 (digicam)
  • Camera Housing
    Gates and Canon
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Subatec S800
  1. I think it depends on what you're looking for. For sharpness, I think there is a slight improvement when shooting HD and then downconverting to SD. Lots of variables here, but the Sony HC1 does a pretty good job on the downconversion, IMO. HDV does show more artifacting than DV due to its MPEG-2 compression. The artifacting shows up whether you playback in HD or SD and came be a bit severe when there is a lot of motion on screen.
  2. "Grainy" and "focus is not crisp" just don't sound right for the TRV900. You might consider taking it back to the service center and talking to them about your concerns. Or if you can find someone near you with another TRV900, you might compare the two to see if there is something wrong with your unit. It does make sense that the TRV30 will look a bit sharper with more vibrant color... but the difference should be fairly subtle. To make a sweeping generalization, consumer camcorders tend to have the color saturation and sharpness boosted so they appear crisper and more vibrant when someone is browsing through camcorders at the electronics shop. This saturation and sharpness boost is not always desirable during post production (editing) and so higher end cameras (or cameras that aspire to be higher end) tend to appear more muted in comparison and often give users the ability to customize the signal that gets recorded to tape. Still, I'd have the TRV900 checked.
  3. Hi. How does the camera perform if you use it on land outside of the housing? Does it suffer from any of the same problems? I'm just wondering if there's something wrong with the camcorder itself, or maybe something like the housing's port, conversion lens, filter, etc.
  4. Here are a couple of files that you can download off Sanyo's Japanese site for the DMX-C6 model: http://www.sanyo-dsc.com/products/lineup/d...ample_c6_01.zip (3.8MB) http://www.sanyo-dsc.com/products/lineup/d...ample_c6_02.zip (3.3MB) The web page is here: http://www.sanyo-dsc.com/products/lineup/d...mple/index.html I saw some underwater footage from their HD model at last year's Interbee in Tokyo. Looked very nice for such a tiny camera. Samples from the DMX-HD1: http://www.sanyo-dsc.com/products/lineup/d...mple_hd1_01.zip (7.7MB) http://www.sanyo-dsc.com/products/lineup/d...mple_hd1_02.zip (7.3MB) http://www.sanyo-dsc.com/products/lineup/d...mple_hd1_03.zip (16.1MB) The web page is here: http://www.sanyo-dsc.com/products/lineup/d...mple/index.html I haven't looked at any of these samples yet, but I'm going to check them out from home.
  5. Right now the options for High Def output are: - Write it back to tape and use your camcorder as a playback deck - Play it off your computer - Burn it to HD DVD or Blu-Ray (just becoming available now) - Make an HD Divx DVD Otherwise you can just downres it to SD. To my eyes material originally shot on HD and converted to SD will often look marginally better than material originally shot in SD. There are a lot of variables though, so generalizations are hard to make. Just a comment about the HC3... It has no mic input. Since wedding ceremonies rarely use PA systems, I hope the videographer gets really, really close to be able to pick up the dialog. Video with only background murmur and no main dialog is a real bummer.
  6. Ignoring the wedding for now, you might be able to pick up a Sony HC1 High Def video camera for about $1,000 now that it has been discontinued. Not sure about prices and availability in your part of the world though. My second choice would be a good TRV900 or TRV950. Old models, but excellent performance. Be careful of using an HC1 at a wedding, especially if the reception is indoors or at night. Because of the camera's rolling shutter and the HDV format's MPEG2 compression, it produces poor results when camera flashes go off. The rolling shutter splits a flash burst across two fields so you often get the bottom of one field lit and the top of the next lit. This looks pretty weird, IMO. And MPEG2 doesn't handle a quick dark->bright->dark very well. Lots of artifacting. These two things were learned the hard way.
  7. Hi. If quality is a big concern, I'd recommend going with a 3CCD MiniDV model with a good lens, good low light performance, and manual control options. Unfortunately, I don't know of any brand new camcorders that meet those requirements which can be had for under $1,000. Hopefully someone else can provide some suggestions for new equipment. If you don't mind buying used, you might consider looking for a Sony VX1000 (this would be my first choice given your requirements), or a TRV900 or TRV950 for decent performance in a small package. But do thoroughly check the camcorder before the wedding since you don't want to discover any hidden problems on the big day. These three camcorders all have multiple housing options. The VX1000 will be quite big and heavy though. For the wedding, also consider your audio and lighting set up. Wireless mic on the groom is a good idea so that you can hear what's being said during the ceremony. A camera mounted light for daytime fill or nighttime reception shots is also nice to have. Extra batteries. Lots of extra tape. Tripod. Shot list.
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