Originally Posted by nightfallfx
For the people who already have it, can you possibly list your likes/dislikes about the cam?
... I have the HG20..
-Solid camcorder/feels like a movie camera, not a toy
-Many connections options; HDMI, mic input +
-Very good auto focus
-Well-organized and easy to understand menu layout
-Almost everything can be controlled via the wireless remote vs. the joystick on the camera
-Can record to both the hard drive and SD flash memory slot
-Audio meter and mic attenuator
-Excellent video quality
-The image is bigger in the final video than what you see on the LCD
-There's a hard drive, with moving parts inside the camcorder
The first like about it being like a movie camera could be viewed as a negative because it's somewhat bulky as opposed to the flash memory cams that someone would be able to just quickly take out and start shooting. You can do that, it's just the HG20 is a bit bulkier.
I really can't think of any other negatives right now, but the potential issue with moving parts hard drives is a concern. The potential issue being if the camera were moved too much or if it were bumped, etc. As stated earlier, I don't really know if this is a fair assessment; yet I am still concerned about it.
I have considered getting the HF11 instead, with the internal flash memory.
I was reading how the president of Samsung was saying that an internal flash drive was impossible to expire the amount of writes it can make during the life of the device because it uses different parts of the flash memory. If one part went bad -there are others to be utilized...
But, he did say there is a possibility of a failure of the controller inside the flash memory drive on an internal flash drive...
I don't know how common this is, I'm thinking that it's less likely than a hard drive failure...but maybe someone else can weigh in on these scenarios...
If there were ever actually a failure in the hard drive - you would still be able to use the SD card slot; or, if it's cheap enough; have it serviced and replaced.
Anyway, the HG20 is a really nice camcorder.