07-07-2009 03:10 PM
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07-07-2009 04:17 PM
07-08-2009 09:19 AM
I'm not sure how much more the HF20 is than the HF200, but you may want to take a look at the cost difference between these vs. the cost of a 32GB flash card.
I don't know about the 200 vs. 20 vs separate 32GB flash, but when I bought my HF100, there was simply no reason to go for the HF10 - it was more than $100 price difference for 16GB of internal memory when 16GB cards were $35-40 depending on brand and speed rating.
I agree with Allan though that flash-based camcorders are the way to go. Not only are they more rugged, but a common problem with camcorders is motor/tape noise picked up by the camera mic - It's worst for tape-based camcorders but still a potential problem for hard drive based camcorders. Flash-based camcorders are immune to this problem.
Also, you should make sure that whatever unit you get has an external microphone input. Even a relatively cheap external mic (The Audio-Technica PRO-24 CM is about $60-70) is a vast improvement over any builtin mic.
12-04-2009 02:11 AM
The Panasonic is a hybrid and a better cam than either of the other 2 mentioned. The HDD will likely last for many years. If you drop it, the lens is just as likely to crack as the HDD is likely to break. Either way your cam is dead so don't drop it. SD has a limited number of reads/writes which no one ever mentions so don't think that will last forever either. You can always toss in a 32GB SD card if you'd like into a HDD hybrid. A Sandisk Ultra II (Class 6) 32GB card goes for about $85 online.
The Canon's cheap and loud zoom will be picked up by the camera mic just as much, if not more, than the Panasonic's HDD and fan.
If you are partial to Canon, the old models are a better bet in that price range, though they are just as poorly constructed.