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The Panasonic AG-HVX200 is a go!

Sure, some of you guru’s might say “HVX200?…Why didn’t you get the Sony EX1 or the Panasonic HPX500?”…well you can just get off your high horses right now, because if this camera is good enough for feature film producers to use for short scenes, as well as the tv shows “24” and “Law and Order”, then it’s good enough for me. (Besides, I’ve only wanted it for the last 2 years! and now I’ll have my grubby little mitts all over it)

Anyway, so I think we got a great deal, and I have a Firestore 100 lined up to be purchased next, with a 250gb harddrive purchased separately, which I will upgrade manually.  I will make a blog/post when I do that, and how it went.  I have yet to find anyone who has sucessfully been able to upgrade their FS4 or FS100 to 250gb from the original stock drive, but that’s just because I haven’t found anyone who has tried it yet.  I did find a guy who upgraded his FS4 40GB to 120GB, putting in a Western Digital harddrive replacing the original Hitachi.  Sidenote: I was surprised to find the drives inside the Firestore devices are only 5400RPM.  Alos, if you are a Firestore owner, thinking of upgrading your firestore to 250gb also, there is only one drive you can use, it’s the Hitachi 250gb (model#: HTS542525K9SA00), since it has the same millisecond latency rating, RPM, and voltage requirements.

So, anyway, the HVX200 will be here this coming week, along with whichever Firestore I decide to get, the FS-100 or the FS4 Pro…still wavering on that one, since I';m gonna upgrade the internal HD with either one, so whichever is cheaper I should chose I guess, but the FS4 Pro will allow me to record to HDV with my other camera which is HDV.  The FS100 can’t do HDV, so we’ll see.

Anyway, here’s some pics. Can’t wait to play with it.  I’ll post some test shots in 1080p and 720p, in all frame-rates since it has has variable frame-rate capability (something the EX1 cannot do, HA!)

2 comments for “The Panasonic AG-HVX200 is a go!

  1. Ramin
    August 19, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Hey there,
    Did you try upgrading the hard drive inside the FS-100? Were you successful?

    Thanks, Ramin

  2. August 20, 2008 at 9:19 am

    I actually have a gig to shoot at the end of this month, and just something happens I wanted to make sure I was able to still film this gig before I do anything to it, so I will try to do it after the shoot is over. So, I will make a post in September about upgrading the drive…

    However I did find that the Hitachi 250gb is SATA and not IDE, like you need, so the only 250GB IDE drive you can use is the WD (WesternDigital), so I will get that one, and let you know :)

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