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Panasonic AG-HMC41E HD versus Panasonic HMC151E

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    Panasonic AG-HMC41E HD versus Panasonic HMC151E

    Hey,

    Has anyone used either of these cameras? If so, can you advise on the performance differences between the two? I know they both use SD cards, which is my preferred media as P2 cards are pretty expensive and tapes are too much of a pain in the arse. I'm particularly interested in which camera performs best in low light, which has the best microphone etc.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.:

    #2
    Those are just the Euro versions of the HMC40 and the HMC150, right? HMC40 is 1/4" sensors I believe, and HMC150 is 1/3". So HMC150 should probably be better in low light.

    I don't recall many specifics about either cam off the top of my head, but the HMC150 was a higher-end cam overall, around the high end of "prosumer", a notch below the P2 cameras (HVX/HPX/etc), where the HMC40 was kinda high consumer/entry-level prosumer, a notch above soccer-mom handycam style cams. So I would expect image quality, handling, build, lens reach, audio, etc to all be a notch better on the HMC150. The HMC40 is pretty plasticky, havent handled a HMC150 but I would expect it to be closer to a HVX in build.

    That being said, the HMC40 is pretty cheap nowadays and is totally usable. Grant Hazelton (gRant on here) has one and is happy with it. Good fisheye options are the Century 43mm "adolescent death" or the Nikon FC-E9. The FC-E9 is bubblier but is kinda long and heavy, so the balance is different with it.

    Fisheye options on the HMC150 I don't really recall. It has a larger lens than the HMC40, so you need something bigger than the 43mm Century or FC-E9 unfortunately. Maybe mod a VX or GL MKII with step rings to fit? Or one of the later MKIIs made for the DVX100 or the Sony HDV cams.

    Coincidentally, Taylor Ritchie in Canada is selling his HMC40/43mm Century setup, and I happen to have both an FC-E9 and a 43mm that I'm looking to sell.

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      #3
      I thought the HMC151 has a 72mm lens filter so would fit a 72mm Opteka, no?

      Originally posted by al dolega View Post
      Those are just the Euro versions of the HMC40 and the HMC150, right? HMC40 is 1/4" sensors I believe, and HMC150 is 1/3". So HMC150 should probably be better in low light.

      I don't recall many specifics about either cam off the top of my head, but the HMC150 was a higher-end cam overall, around the high end of "prosumer", a notch below the P2 cameras (HVX/HPX/etc), where the HMC40 was kinda high consumer/entry-level prosumer, a notch above soccer-mom handycam style cams. So I would expect image quality, handling, build, lens reach, audio, etc to all be a notch better on the HMC150. The HMC40 is pretty plasticky, havent handled a HMC150 but I would expect it to be closer to a HVX in build.

      That being said, the HMC40 is pretty cheap nowadays and is totally usable. Grant Hazelton (gRant on here) has one and is happy with it. Good fisheye options are the Century 43mm "adolescent death" or the Nikon FC-E9. The FC-E9 is bubblier but is kinda long and heavy, so the balance is different with it.

      Fisheye options on the HMC150 I don't really recall. It has a larger lens than the HMC40, so you need something bigger than the 43mm Century or FC-E9 unfortunately. Maybe mod a VX or GL MKII with step rings to fit? Or one of the later MKIIs made for the DVX100 or the Sony HDV cams.

      Coincidentally, Taylor Ritchie in Canada is selling his HMC40/43mm Century setup, and I happen to have both an FC-E9 and a 43mm that I'm looking to sell.

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        #4
        I dunno, look it up.

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