What follows is an informal camera review…
Today we’re trying out some new cameras, to see if a used but new to us Canon HG21 can hold its own against a new Canon XA10 we borrowed. So far things are looking nice. I can’t see a difference in image quality, but I can hear a bit of a difference in sound quality, but an external mic should solve that issue.
For a quick comparison here is a screen shot from our laptop.
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We hope to get in gear and film a Dust Decal video with the new HG21 for posting in a couple weeks.
Right now the big question is whether or not we’ll reshoot all 50+ minutes of Revised Core Set Week we originally filmed on our Canon T2i.
The T2i is a great camera and capable of awesome stills, and under the right conditions it can do just as amazing video. In fact a similar camera was used to film some scenes in The Avengers, but we don’t have the $2000 dollar lenses, the amazing lighting setups, an awesome director of photography or Tony Stark. So, for us the advantages it brings to Hollywood are lost.
That’s why we're transitioning to the HG21, which is a few years old but for $400 USD we couldn’t get a better deal for such high quality (of course you’re not likely to find it for that price). The ‘21 debuted in 2009 to much fanfare and was around $2000 USD at the time these days you can get a new one for around $1500, or $800 used. The ‘21 has video quality very comparable to the current flagship pro-sumer model the XA10, while the HG21 lacks some of the advanced audio abilities, it has a similar image sensor, and nearly twice the storage capacity with its built in 120GB Hard Drive. Also I feel it has a faster and more accurate auto-focus. So, if you have a tighter budget and are looking for XA10 quality and old HG model is not going to disappoint.