Camera Reviews (21)

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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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14 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:
    http://pro.jvc.com/prof/attributes/inst_man.jsp?model_id=MDL101860&feature_id=11
    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:
    PANASONIC or JVC:
    Not evident as your tests do not include the AG-AC 160A (with 1080P50) nor the software update of the HM-600
    Best regards
    Marc

  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,
    Gert

  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.
    James

  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:

    PHILLIP,
    When you are going to test SONY PMW-300K2, PLEASE EXPLAIN IT AFTER TEST IS THEIR ANY HUGE DIFFERENCE IN IMAGE QUALITY OF AJ-HPX 270 IN COMPARISON OF PMW-300K2 AND IS IT WORTH TO SPEND EXTRA MONEY FOR PMW-300K2.

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