The SDX900 was discontinued by Panasonic for reasons unknown to all. It shoots DVCPro50 and DVCPro25. It shoots 24, 30 and 60 fps in either interlace or progressive mode. It can shoot 16×9 or 4×3. It records to tape and has a max record time of 66 minutes. Oh, and it even delivers a beautiful image. Bluntly, the SDX900 is one of the best SD cameras ever made — aren’t you as sad as we are now that they stopped making it?
The Sony DVW-790 is a Digital Betacam camera and is switchable between 16×9 and 4×3 aspect ratios. While newer and “sexier” cameras have come along, the 790 produces a very nice image in a format that is still widely accepted. The camera can be paired with a number of the SD or even HD lenses that we have in-house.
The Ikegami HL-DV7W is a DVCAM camera that offers both 16×9 and 4×3 aspect ratios. One of the nice features of the DV7 is the built-in Firewire 400 port, which allows for instant capture while shooting to a hard drive or the ability to easily stream over the web.
The Sony DXC-D50 is a two piece camcorder — the camera head can be paired with either a PVV-3 back for Betacam SP recording or a DSR-1 back for DVCAM. The camera is switchable between 4×3 and 16×9, which allows for widescreen recording.
The BVW-D600. What more can be said? The 600 doesn’t shoot 16×9 or any frame rates other than NTSC broadcast standard but it does what it does well.