Two filmmakers chasing the dream of producing their first feature film...
...and financing it solely through winning video contests.

Will and I are currently using the Canon GL-2 to shoot all of our videos. I got the GL-2 back in 2003, and at the time it was one of the leading pro-sumer cameras on the market. It is still a great camera, it's my baby, but the technology is six years old. It uses mini-dv tapes, 3 CCD pixel shift technology, and has no XLR inputs for audio. That may sound Greek to you, but trust me when I say it's outdated.

The Sony EX-1, on the other hand, is a brand new camera that uses solid state technology, which means you can record directly to a mini hard drive. This is one of the most useful upgrades because it effectively does away with tape. Tapes wear out, they go missing, they are expensive, and you can't record on them more than a couple of times before seeing glitches.

The Sony EX-1 is also compatible with an Expresscard interface slot on Macbook pro computers, plug and play. It can record up to 70 minutes of pure HD video and audio on a 16gb card, and has extremely low power consumption. One of the best features that the EX-1 offers is the ability to do slow motion and fast motion on the camera itself, commonly called over and under cranking. It just looks good.

Imagine shooting with the GL-2, which outputs at 410,000 pixels. I mean, that's a lot of pixels, right? Sure, it's about enough to fill a standard definition television with a decent picture. Now imagine an HD TV, with that crisp beautiful picture that makes you think you are looking through a window. The EX-1 can deliver those images using 2,073,600 pixels in 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, and now with Youtube's HD upgrade it looks like the whole online world is expecting to jump on the bandwagon.

I think it's high time we upgrade to the 21st century.

Here is a little video demo of each.


EX-1 with Letus 35mm lens's

Dartmoor - Philip Bloom Comp from James Watson on Vimeo.

Can you tell the difference?
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