|*182 HOURS* Panasonic AG DVX100B DVX100 DVX 100 B DVX100A 24P DVCPRO|
Brooklyn, NY, USA
|*75 HOURS* Panasonic AG DVX100B DVX100 DVX 100 B DVX100A 24P DVCPRO|
New other (see details)
Brooklyn, NY, USA
|Panasonic AG DVX100B 3 CCD Camcorder - 60 Day Warranty!|
Studio City, CA, USA
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||DV, Mini DV|
|Sensor Type||3CCD, CCD|
|Optical Sensor Qty||3|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||4.5mm - 45mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||72 mm|
|Lens System Features||Aspherical Lens, Built-in 1/64 Neutral Density Filter, Built-in 1/8 Neutral Density Filter|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Lens Construction||11 group(s) / 15 element(s)|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 sec|
|Min Illumination||3 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/24 sec|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.44"|
|Display Rotation||Rotating (270°)|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3.5" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ( 4 pin FireWire ), 1 x S-Video input / output, 1 x S-Video input / output ( 4 pin mini-DIN ), 1 x audio input / output, 1 x audio line-in / microphone ( XLR x 2 ), 1 x composite video input/output, 1 x composite video/audio (input/output) ( RCA phono x 3 ), 1 x headphones, 1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ), 1 x remote control, 2 x microphone|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Effective Video Resolution||0.4 MP|
|Additional Features||Backlight Compensation, Built-In Speaker, Color Viewfinder, Date/Time Stamp, Progressive Scan CCD System, accessories hot shoe, display brightness control, display contrast control|
|Widescreen Video Capture||Yes|
"Great sound, progressive modes, and image control; professional-caliber viewfinder and controls; wide lens; particularly well suited for multicamera projects."
No high-definition capability; no 16:9-native chips; lens is short for some applications; moderately steep learning curve.
Panasonic has listened. The third incarnation of the AG-DVX100 offers unrivalled bang for the buck in a prosumer standard-definition MiniDV camera.
Average review score based on 29 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Excellent prosumer camera. There should be a class like "Almost Pro" for this cam. Have been using it for a couple of months now. Total control of the image you get, full auto works very well also. Am surprised how light and balanced it feels for hand-held shooting. 60i is definately broadcast quality. 24p looks great with soooooo much image control. Best bang-for-buck standard definition camera you can get.
Only two negatives so far. 1) 10x zoom is a little short, but you might not need more for your projects. Add on lenses don't do much for it either. 2) Little knob-type-control-thingy for the VCR and menu navigation has to go. Really bad. But, then again, I've yet to see this type of control done well and ANY camera.
All-in-all, if you're in this price-range and can't afford the step up to HDV, like me, buy this camera. You WILL NOT be disappointed. Cheers!
I haven't had a chance to really use it, but it seems to be in good shape. Only 175 hours appealed to me, and the price seemed right. The auto focus seems to be slow, but I truly haven't given it a good test. I also like the black and white viewfinder. You get a large picture, and I need a clear picture doing game films for high school football. I might be able to see where the quarterback is throwing the ball now since we shoot passes in a wide angle. Doing sports, I would probabley shoot on manual focus, so if the auto focus is slow during zooming, it won't matter.
First off, Let me comment in this review that I am slightly bias to the Panasonic brand. I am objective & analytical enough however to give an unbias review to this video camera though.
I was first introduced to the Panasonic brand in 1982 when my father had recently purchased a portable video camera & vhs system. Back then, only a select few families could afford pro-consumer equipment, and he acquired it through his military connections. Therefore, I have grown accustomed to the build quality & performance of their equipment. This particular camera is not only an upgrade from the dvx100a, but for me as well since I sold my dvx100a to get this one.
I can honestly say it is money well spent. The menu is a bit more extensive and it gives you more options. If you are a control freak, this camera has a multitude of adjustments that you can make to fine tune your video recordings. I am just entering the scene in videography on a semiprofessional level, so I cannot go into great technical details of the dvx100b.
I can say that it shoots amazing, crystal clear video. Once you figure out how to adjust for proper lighting, and acquire that perfect viewpoint, being able to focus & being able to zoom from the remote is a plus also.
To be honest, if you do not need to shoot in HD, but wanted a true professional cinematic video, I strongly recommend this particular model. I looked at the Canon XL2 & Sony's HVR-A1U, but I ended up coming back to something tried & true. Besides the picture clarity, the second biggest selling point for me is having switchable line in/mic XLR inputs. That was huge for me.
Bottom line is if I decide to go the HD route, I planning on getting the hvx205a, but beyond that, I am looking at getting at least one more dvx100b.
This is an awesome versatile pro camera. There a switches, dials, knobs galore making for easy manual operation on the fly, no need to get lost searching through menus to make simple changes. Its 24 frame progressive mode is oft likened to 16mm film. This camera is used for reality series, "its always sunny in Philadelphia, and many Indy films.
This camera is about $1000 less than a Canon XL-2, but it betters that camera in picture quality, picture quality controls, viewfinder, connectability - in fact, the only thing that the XL-2 has better is interchangeable lenses. How often will you need that? Probably never. This camera has an excellent picture, XLR audio inputs, actual controls on the camera body, not buried in menu screens. It has a responsive manual zoom, variable zoom speed control, well-placed control knobs.
It's designed like a pro camera with white balance, audio levels, color bars, even a time date stamp optional. It has a Leica lens! I use mine for legal video, depositions and field inspections; it goes anywhere. Check out this three-way match-up between the three cameras in this price class at DVX User: http://www.dvxuser.com/articles/shoot3/
I almost passed this camera up due to too many amateurs raving too loudly about the XL-2 , but I'm glad I read the articles and got the DVX-100B. Anyone who uses it will tell you its better than the others by a long shot. Why pay the extra money only to have the ability to change lenses?
This is NOT a high-def camera, but there's not much absolute need for that quite yet. High-def becomes very expensive very quickly, and my clients frankly don't want to pay for that. This camera should serve well for many years.