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Panasonic MX500 or the new JCV DV4000 ?

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by Bram1982, Apr 4, 2003.

  1. Bram1982

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    The new JVC DV4000 has good to excellent low-light performance (if I assume it's generally the same on this point as the DV3000), but the DV4000 has only one CCD just like the DV3000.

    The MX500 has not to good (or even quite bad!) performance in low-light situations although this cam does have 3 CCD's.


    We all know that 3 CCD is better than 1 CCD, but in this case I can safely conclude the DV4000 is much better in low light than the MX500 despite it has only one CCD
    When both cam's are used outside or other situations with much light, I suppose the MX500 would be the overall winner due to it's 3 CCD's

    So the choice is between the DV4000 with good low light and normal 'high'-light performance and the MX500 with (very) bad low light and excellent high- light performance.

    To make things even more complicated the MX500 has optical image stabilisation and the DV4000 has not. Also the DV4000 is cheaper than the MX500...

    So which one to choose...? Argh... why is there no cam with all the good things?! ;)
     
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    I can only speak from experience with my MX-500 but....

    ... I can say quite honestly that on the first day I had the camera, the thing that amazed me most was it's low light performance! I have taken some very good quality footage in a room lit only by a shaded 40W bulb. Outside shots just after the sun set (i.e. disappeared) were perfectly OK.

    If you're intending to regularly use any camera in very dark locations then you'd be better off budgeting for an accessory light, rather than forcing whatever camera you buy into wide-open gain-up mode all the time.

    In summary, unless your needs are very specialised, I can't see how low light performance will be an issue with the MX-500. It's certainly not enough to deny yourself the other benefits of this camera...
     

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