Ok, I bought a Canon XL1 a few months back, and to be honest, i am not that happy with its results
Nothing wrong as such, just that it seems to struggle with low light ( which i had a feeling it would ) and the auto focus is a bit weak, plus the amount of Dropouts i keep getting in the recording
I use the camera for Motorsport, so inevitably it gets exposed to Cold / wet (under cover but obviously moisture in the air etc ) and sometimes dusty conditions, but i have only used it a handfull of times and its at the stage its going to need a full clean again, dispite trying to avoid as much as possible any contamination
Someone mentioned to me about getting a DVcam, and pointed me in the direction of some that are basically the same price as the XL1, so i wondered if anyone had used any of them, or could recomend a similar priced alternative
One of them was a Sony VX9000e - the other was a Sony DSR-200AP
Both seem to be available for around £600, which is perfect for what i am looking for, so i just need to find out which ones are suitable
Dont need many requirements, most of the requirements i have are genrally standard on most cameras..............
Needs to shoot in 16:9 ( not 4:3 with black bars either )
either manual controls of exposure etc or very good auto settings
the zoom on the XL1 isnt great, but its ok, so want similar if possible
Thats about it i guess, so what are the advantages of changing from the XL1 to one of these? what are the disadvantages ? what are the general costs of owning one ( is it more expensive to service than the XL1 etc )
Also any problems to watch out for when buying one of these used ?
And most of all, what is the quality like compared to an XL1, i presume its a great deal better
Thanks for any advice. Looking to change over xmas while i have no events so need to sort something in the next 4 - 6 weeks really