It's about time I bought an HD camera. I need a cemera that I can grab and shoot. Fiddling around adding and XLR pre-amp (Juiced Link/Beachtek) is fine when I have a planned shot, but it's so much handier to have the XLRs built in (not having to worry about yet another battery and finding the little 3.5mm jack cable).
Similary, whilst I really like the results some people can get from DSLRs, the setting up, lack of on-board audio etc rather rules out anything like that. Also I'm occasionally called upon to shoot shows so something which needs rebooting every few minutes isn't really an option.
I suppose it's fair to say my camerawork is a bit more ENG than DoP.
Any creativity I have tends to happen in front of the camera or in the edit.
So, I want a good all round camera - a jack of all trades master of none.
I've always been a fan of Panasonic, but the only thing they have in my sort of price range is the AC90 which only has 1/4in sensors.
So we're really down to the XF100 vs the XA20
Advantages of the XA20:
1. Remove the handle and look less conspicuous when needed
2. More current technology
3. 20x Zoom (this is very useful)
4. Better LCD screen
Advantage of XF100
1. 50Mbps 4:2:2 recording format (I'm not kidding myself I'm going to be providing stuff for broadcast, but this gives me more latitude as far as grading goes, right?)
2. It feels a bit more solidly built
I can get either new for a very similar price (£1700-£1800 inc VAT)
Any thoughts? Experiences. All advice appreciated.