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i think your wrong........look how long msp has been making movies........it is your opnion that they make bad movies.........and they dont only make ski movies but some of the best bike movies to ever exist
i say it all depends on what you will be shooting. if your shooting primarly action sports than i would recomend getting a progressive scan camera for sure.
if your a fan of true video, then the gl2 is dope. but if you get your jolly's from film (like myself) then progressive scan is what you need to shoot with.
i used a gl2 for two years and wasn't really stoked on the results. don't get me wrong the colors turned out amazing most times. but when it came to editing i found that shooting skiing you will tend to find alot of blurryness and ghost trails because it is interlaced video.
this season i bought a jvc gr hd1. it's a decent alternative if you can't afford a more expensive panasonic progressive scan camera. it shoots HD which is cool. but getting an HD cam is really a matter of what your output is.
unless your shooting video to playback on an HD tv then you probly don't need an HD cam. But, on the other hand. going hd is good for editing because you are starting with a higher resolution and you can crop shots while editing which can really enhance your videos even if it is compressed on to DVD.
Alright thanks for the help everyone...I think I'm gonna get the Sony vx2100, from what I've heard its a solid camera and good in low light and stuff. I do need a couple hundred more dollars though, but that will come by the end of the summer I think...
it all comes down to what you want to do with the camera.
1. can your computer/software handle HD/HDV footage?
2. are you an experienced film maker? don't wan to sink a good chunk of money into a camera you don't need at the moment.
3. If you're hard set of an HDV cam, then check out the canon HV20. Used properly, this is a KILLER camera for a great price. You just have to know how to use it properly. Great for run and gun shooting with friends.
4. Look at the other options. Standard Def is on its way out, so are you going to regret getting a GL2? I guarantee that if you aren't 100% sure about it, you will be wanting an HD cam as soon as you get the GL2. It's only natural to want better, unless you're content with the GL2 for a while.
5. There are HUGE differences between the two cameras. The A1 is an amazing camera when used properly. All this "HDV sucks" talk is a load of shit. It all comes down to the film maker and what kind of image they can produce with the camera. I have seen A1 footage that BLOWS good HVX footage out of the water. As well as Fx1 footage. Like I said before, it's all in how you shoot the shot and how good of an eye you have.