I have an HV30 and have shot quite a bit of footage with it that I am happy with. Iíd like to, however, move up to a more professional camera. Iíve considered the EX1, and have the resources to get one, but it is difficult to justify spending that much on a camera that will very soon be surpassed by something else. Also, the color of a lot of the EX1 footage Iíve seen online does not impress me. I like the true-to-life look of the Canons more.
So, Iím considering the A1 as an addition to my HV30. Whatís holding me back is that the online video comparisons of the HV30 and A30 look almost indistinguishable. In fact, the HV30 nearly always looks sharper, albeit with a slightly reduced dynamic range. Also, it appears that the A1 lens might have more barrel distortion at the wide-angle end. Iíve also heard about limitations with the focus/aperture rings and some strangeness about what you can do with the XLR inputs.
So what does the extra $2500 buy me? Low-light capability, manual controls, and ďsoftĒ 24F and 30F modes?
Iím not really interested in the Scarlet. The lens specs did not impress me. And, Panasonicís new camera is just an updated HVX200a Ė same sensor block somewhere between SD and HD resolution.
It would be nice to have a CCD camera, so I wouldnít have to worry about strobing lights when shooting in clubs, etc. or just in general, although Iíve hardly had any problem at all with the rolling shutter of my HV30.
What do you guys that own both the HV20/30 and A1 think?