Film student invests in Panasonic AG-HVX200

Claire McHardy, a student at the SAE institute in Dubai, recently invested in a Panasonic AG-HVX200 camera and Manfrotto fig rig as part of her efforts to maximise the potential of her filmmaking class.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  June 2, 2006

Claire McHardy, a student at the SAE institute in Dubai, recently invested in a Panasonic AG-HVX200 camera and Manfrotto fig rig as part of her efforts to maximise the potential of her filmmaking class. “We had just one camera — the Canon XL2 — between 15 students so I thought it more feasible to buy a camera of my own as I wanted to get the most out of this class,” says McHardy. McHardy says the camera’s picture quality is ‘far superior to the competition, especially in well-lit areas and studio-lit conditions’. “The colour reproduction is good and they come out vibrant. The camera is well balanced and not difficult to operate for long periods of time. The on screen menu allows you to adjust more settings than on other cameras I have used. User settings and screenshots can be saved to an SD card to use on other cameras while linked. Also, this is a DVCPRO format, which is far superior in editing and quality to the HDV format,” she adds. McHardy was also impressed with the camera’s variable frame rate. However, she highlights some of the disadvantages of the camera in terms of it being heavy, ‘although not quite as heavy as the XL2’, she adds. “Also, the P2 card is quite expensive and the automatic zoom is noisy at full speed. Likewise, the camera does not handle low light conditions very well. There is no Avid or Final Cut support yet, but I am sure these issues will get ironed out eventually.” In the meanwhile, McHardy is shooting with her new toy in the deserts of Dubai. “This camera is very durable and works well in the desert. It has sped up my workflow significantly and I am very pleased with it,” she adds.

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