The Panasonic AG-HVX200: Yay or Nay?

hvx200-1b.jpgSo here’s a question for all of you videographers and documentary filmmakers out there. I’ve recently made a pretty big decision in my life. I figure it’s time to be a little less passive and a little more aggressive. After saving to buy my own house, i’ve decided to scrap my life plans and throw it all on the line. I’m going to try and shoot my time travel film this year, and i’m going to use my house money to do it! TAKE THAT, RESPONSIBILITY AND SECURITY! So now that i’m officially living on ‘the edge’, i’ve been looking into purchasing a new video camera, and i’m really leaning towards the Panasonic AG-HVX200. The test footage i’ve seen looks amazing, and the HD format is something i’d be interested in trying out. However, this whole shooting to memory thing is sort of freaking me out. I believe I ready 8 GIGS for every 10 MINUTES! And the P2 memory that the camera requires is pretty expensive at this point. I could just shoot to tape, but would it be worth paying the money for this camera if I were to do so? I also enjoy the variable speeds that the camera shoots at. Finally I can do my own time lapsed ‘Gus Van Sante’ cloud shots!

Anyways, if anyone has shot with this camera or has any knowledge about any of this, could you drop me a line? I’m also trying to figure out the best way to go about purchasing one in Canada. I’d like to avoid customs/border taxes at all costs. Any advice would be appreciated. You can reach me at jcheel@sympatico.ca. Thanks in advance.

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