Originally Posted by tdogroeder
What are the differences between the hf10/hf100 & hf20/hf200?
Where can the best deal be had for these right now?
Hello and welcome. I'm kind of a noob with this camcorder stuff but I did alot of research before buying my Hf200 so I'll try and answer your question.
Okay, first off the hf10/100 came out first, so the Hf20/200 is the newest generation.
The only valid reason I've found that some people prefer the original HF10/100 over the newer Hf20/200 is because the hf10/100 has a larger sensor lens on the front, some say as a result of this it shoots better low-light conditions over the hf20/200.
The improvements that led me to purchase the HF20/200 over the older model is; 15X zoom verses only 12X on the hf10/100, up to 24Mbps bitrate recording verses up to 17Mbps on hf10/100, Face recognition technology, 3.89 megapixel sensor verses 3.3 megapixels on hf10/100. I think there's a few other small improvments too, but I've listed most of the major ones.
This is not to say the HF10/100 is a bad camcorder, as most people who own them seem to speak very highly about it. I just felt the Hf20/200 is a better value for the kind specs I was looking for. And as far as the low-light shooting goes the hf10/100 may be a bit better, but with some tweaking the hf20/200 can actually do pretty good.
As far as the best deal goes. I got my HF200 a few months ago at Tigerdirect.com for $599, with 90 dollars cashback, so factoring in the cashback with the $1.99 Shipping, plus the fact they didn't charge me any sales tax my grand total for everything was right at $511.00. Just to note also this camcorder was brand new and not refurbished. So good prices are out there if you watch for the deals.