So far, my experience with the camera is excellent. It is much easier than shooting on tape, BUT I can only fit 22 minutes on my 8gig CF card. So far, this has not been a problem, but while I was shooting this short, I only had enough space for seven seconds of 1080p footage on the card when I was done. I love being able to change between lenses. For this short, I only used one lens, a 28mm to 135mm zoom. I now have a borrowed 50mm prime that can open up all the way to f1.8. Needless to say, I would have loved shooting with it, but oh well. One thing that is a little annoying about the camera is that the lcd screen can't move around so it is hard to shoot low angles, but it's still do able. The camera isn't to heavy, only about three pounds with the zoom lens, but it's shape makes it some what difficult to shoot hand held. to combat this, I simply hold by tripod and the problem is solved. The fact that you can shoot 60 fps at 720p was a big selling point for me, in fact, most of the film was shot that way to get awesomely smooth slow motion. If you decide later that you don't want slow motion, than it is easily fixable by just doing a frame rate pull down in post. You can use this camera in both PAL and NTSC regions by changing the mode to ,well simply, PAL or NTSC. I thought that this camera recorded 30p at 1080p, but its 30fps at 60i (I think). To be honest, I'm not %100 sure on that, but that is what the source says in Vegas. I shoot everything in either 24p or 60p anyway, so it really doesn't matter to me, but it may to you. Besides, if you are doing a project at 30fps anyway, you probably want interlacing. With a mic, the audio is nice and crisp, but you can't hear what you are recording until later because there is no headphone out jack (which is really stupid if you ask me). But in reality, you would probably want to invest in a field mixer or XLR adapter anyway, so it's not to bad.
If I where given the choice to shoot my film on either the HVX200 or the 7D (which I have been but declined), I would rather use my 7D. You might argue about compression and bit-rate, but the overall quality of the image in my (probably biased) opinion is better on the 7D. I love it. This is the best buy I have ever made. I have so far shot a lot of test footage, this short film, and part of a book trailer on this camera with almost no real complaints. A $1900 7D vs a $4000-5000 HVX200. Sure the HVX might have a few more and very nice features, but the 7D is awesome.
AS FOR THE XH-A1 AND THE EX-1, I have no idea because I have never used either of them. I know the XH-a1 and the EX-1 are supposed to great, I wouldn't know how to compare them especialy with a 35mm adapter. I'm sure you can get shallower DOF than with just the 7D because the sensor isn't fully 35mm, but it does better that those cameras with out one.
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