Video Reviews (31)

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Review of the Panasonic HC-X2000 (Watch it on Vimeo to access Chapter points)

Review of the JVC GY- HC550 Part 1

Review of the Panasonic FZ2000

Micro Review of the Panasonic GH5 Video Features

Review of the Panasonic HC-X1 (4K)

Panasonic HC-X1Video Review (4K) from Philip Johnston on Vimeo.

Update to the JVC LS-300 with FW v2

Review of the Panasonic DVX-200 4K camcorder

User Review of the DJI Ronin M

Review of the JVC GY-LS300

Review of the Panasonic HC-X1000

Review of the Sony PXW-X180

User Review of the Panasonic GH4

Review of the Panasonic AJ-PX270

Review of the Sony HXR-NX3

Review of the JVC GY-HM850 

Review of the Sony PXW-Z100

Overview of the Panasonic AG-AC8

Review of the Sony NEX-EA50

Review of the JVC GY-HM650

Review of the Canon C100

Review of the JVC GY-HM600

Exclusive UK Review of the JVC GY-HM600 from Philip Johnston on Vimeo.

Review of the Canon C300

Review of the Panasonic AG-AC160

Review of the Sony HXR-NX3D1

Sony NEX-FS100 Review

Sony PMW-F3 Review

Sony NX70 Review

Sony MC50 Review

Panasonic AF101 Review

Sony PMW-350K Overview

JVC GY-HM700 Review

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27 comments on this post

  1. Bob Hawtin says:

    Ah ha! No longer any need for SxS adapter to enable MP4 wrapper on JVC GY-HM700! See first pdf download on:
    Cheers, Bob

  2. Lou says:

    Great reviews. Nicely done and very informative. Please keep up the great work!

  3. WillT says:

    I would be very interested to see what you have to say about the new Sony HXR-MC50E, when it appears, which should be quite soon!
    Excellent reviews and much appreciated!

  4. Wayne says:

    What a pity.vimeo is not available in China.Could u upload this review in other site(like the reviews before)?
    Please keep up the great work.

  5. I spent a year looking at reviews and finally purchased a Panasonic AG AC-160A.

    I found it comforting to look at your review of this camera, bearing in mind people have very different needs.

    For back of the hall stage event recording and documentaries (my two main areas of focus), I am very pleased with the results I have been getting with my 160A.

  6. Erik Wiltink says:

    Hi Philip,

    i have a question:
    We doubt between the Panasonic AG AC 160 camera and the JVC GY HM 600. We need a lot of zoom and HD SDI out. Which cam do you think is better?

    greets, Erik

  7. Marc says:

    I have exactly the same question:
    Not evident as your tests do not include the AG-AC 160A (with 1080P50) nor the software update of the HM-600
    Best regards

  8. Igor Ivankov says:

    Hi Philip,

    I doubt between the GY-HM 600 (you ve made a great review on that one) and the AG-AC 160. I’m shooting weddings but for the documentaries I need 4:2:2 via SDI out. Please help.
    Best regards from Croatia

  9. Gert Hellevig says:

    Hi Philip,
    After watching your explanatory review on the Sony Nex-ea50, I got interested in that camera – and finally bought one. Thanks for the hint!
    Now I would ask for another hint: The rod/baseplate mount you are using with the ea50 for the matte-box, and why not a follow focus, too. Could you mention one brand/model to consider that would support also longer A-mount lenses.
    Thanks and best regards,

  10. Mike says:

    Hi Philip,
    I’m on Long Island in NY. I follow your site nearly every day. I enjoy your work and your video reviews. I own an event video company. We shoot First Communions, Confirmations, graduations, dance recitals, plays, etc.. For the last 12 years I have used Sony DSR-300 and Panasonic AG-DVC200P. Most of my colleagues used these as well. Excellent 1/2″ CCD’s. Unlike my colleagues, however, I have resisted the temptation to dive into a couple of new HD cams. My customers (families of the children in the events) haven’t approached me ever about whether I was shooting HD. But I have spent a ton on Full size DVCAM and DV tape. In your estimation, is the time right to get a couple of new card-based cameras? I have done extensive research and even tested a few. And followed all of your comments. 80% of my work is tripod-based (I need comfortable and accurate zoom/focus controller on the tripod). I don’t think I have any reason to dabble in 4K (unless it makes sense in an HD camera (PXW-Z100)). Maybe JVC 600/650 or Sony EX1/3 or PMW-300 or one of Pana line. I don’t need broadcast. But would like excellent clarity and color. I am having a terrible time sorting things out- hope you can help.

    Thanks, Mike D.

  11. Ray Watts says:

    Hi Phillip, thanks for your great site.

    I am in a similar situation to Mike above. I was very impressed with your review of the JVC GY HM600 and was just about to lay down some hard earned when up pops Sony with their 4k offering at a similar price. It offers 50/60p recording at both HD and 4k which certainly may me do a double take. So what to do? I like the zoom on the JVC, smooth stop/start as in high end cameras but the double frame rate of the Sony is very tempting too. There is also picture quality and low light performance to consider. The JVC has 3 cmos sensors and the Sony is a single. What difference could this make? I am looking forward to your review of the Sony 4k.

    Life gets difficult, don’t it?

    Best regards

    Ray Watts

  12. James says:

    Dear Mr. Phillip,

    I have recently bought the new Sony PMW-300K1! I have found that a slightly chromatic aberration sometimes occurred while using the kit lens 14x wide open with a high light environment only. I have noticed the same issue with my old EX3 before and other Sony PMW camcorders I used to have. I have checked with forums concerning the chromatic aberration issue. Is it normal for this kind of lens and a shooting situation?
    Thank you!
    Waiting for reply.

  13. Duncan Say says:

    Nice review of the Z100 Philip. Pretty fair I’d say. And the practicalities of shooting 4K are a little way off. I might have been interested but when you suggested the low light performance was not good, that did make me re-think how I thought about this camera. Are you going to BVE? If so, come and see us on the camdec stand. I think you might enjoy it.

  14. ANIL says:


  15. ANIL says:

    Waiting for your valuable advise between SONY PMW – 300 K2 AND PANASONIC AJ-HPX 270.

    HDW : You are either a Sony or a Panasonic man, I don’t have much experience with the PMW-300 so I can’t comment. The 300 has 422 10bit and 1/2″ sensor while the PX270 is 422 10bit 1/3″ sensor so if you compare the 2 cameras side by side the 300 will allow more light and should have a less noisy sensor.
    PX270 allows 422 10bit recordings onto SDXC while the 300 only allows 10bit recordings via expensive SxS cards.

  16. William says:

    Hi Philip,
    Great reviews, but I would be very interested to know when you are going to do a video review of the Sony PXW X70, which you seem to have been using for quite a while now. I’m sure you have some good insights.

  17. ghitana says:

    Hello Philip, looking for Council
    Sony PXW-X70 is better than Panasonic HC-X1000?
    Thanks in advance

    HDW : Its down to personal preference, you either like Sony or Panasonic, if you don’t want to film in 4K all the time then the X70 will be your choice.

  18. Steve Pepper says:

    I used to have a Panasonic back in the day and won a camcorder user and what camcorder gone in 60 seconds competitions. Since then I’ve had all of the low end formats finishing up with a very cheap samsung one with a memory card.

    What I want to know what’s available from the mind boggling array of semi pro cameras around. I don’t want something that’s going to date too quickly like the M5 just before digital came out. So what’s the best bang for my buck on camcorders between £1000 and £2000?

    I’m happy with a larger shoulder mounted one or maybe a smaller size would be OK if it offered more features for example some of the sony ones have a projector built in.

    I’m interested in producing some amateur work as well as maybe some web video work for customers or perhaps to continue with the car videos that I’ve done documentary style.

    Thanks Steve

  19. devinder sandhu says:

    I would be very interested to see what you have to say about the new Sony pxw320 when it appears, which should be quite soon!
    Excellent reviews and much appreciated!

  20. Derek Mathieson says:

    Philip just watched your review of the panasonic x1000e 4k camera very impressed, so much so I have just ordered one… great stuff


    Derek M

  21. Derek Mathieson says:

    Philip do you have any recommendations for an external microphone for the x1000e panasonic camera please.

    Your input would be welcome

    Derek M

    HDW : Depends what you are using it for I recently bought a RODE NTG4 and it works a treat.

  22. Derek Mathieson says:

    Philip thanks for the note re the Rode NTG4

    Can I ask you another question what SDXC cards should I buy for the panasonic x1000e for 4k video recording.
    Your help much appreciated

    Derek M

    HDW : Transend SDXC Class 10 U3, I use the 64G cards.

  23. Derek Mathieson says:


    Many thanks for the info
    Much appreciated
    Regards to all in ‘The Dear Green Place’ I used to work at the Alhambra, probably before your time

    Derek M

  24. asad ullah shaikh says:

    Many thanks for the info
    Much appreciated


  25. PHILL DIXON says:

    Hello Philip, Great Reviews, I own a JVC GY-DV700 WEK

    Great camera and quality but getting older now and Mini DV and records in SD.

    Recently bought a HC-X1000 and well impressed with it and now thinking about getting a DVX-200.

    The Radio Mic System you were using there for the DVX-200, can you tell me about it please and What frequency etc it uses.

    Regards Phill Dixon

    HDW : Its Sonys UWP-D hybrid radio mic system, I use it with the FZ1000 because Panasonic stupidly decided not to give us a headphone O/P on the camera. The Sony radio mic receiver has a headphone O/P allowing the operator confidence there is no interference while recording to camera. It has many frequencies that chance depending what country you live in.

  26. PHILL DIXON says:

    Hello Philip and thanks for the info on the Sony UWD-D hybrid radio system.

    I need to upgrade to this Sony stuff as it looks the part and no doubt performs the same.

    im currently using a 175 mhz system it does the job if there aint too many obstacles but getting older now, thanks again.

    phill D

  27. Bob Fletcher says:

    Hi Philip. Loved your review of the HC-X1000. Wondered if there is anyway that you can manually adjust focus and hold it steady while you have “AI” auto turned on ? Auto mode is brilliant for some applications except I need a steady focus..

    HDW : Sorry Bob don’t know.

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