This was my introduction into HD video. I've been happy with a Sony DCR-PC120BT for years. This changed when my kids' soccer coach asked me to tape a game. I set the camcorder up on a hill behind one of the goals on a tripod. I went to review it afterwards and it was unwatchable. Thus began a week of in-depth research for a replacement.
I was very hesitant to change from tape format, so the HV40 and HDR-HC9 were at the top of my list. However, after long consideration, I decided to go with flash format, and the HF S11 and CX 520 were the only real considerations. I must say that I've always been a Sony guy for all video (Nikon for photo), so I was biased. However, the deciding factors were the better steady cam and night properties.
Today was my first experience, and I was impressed. It'll take some time to get accustomed to the editing, but the video was amazing. Best money I've spent in a while.
I'm using the included software to transfer to the computer. I'm a novice - is Roxio Creator 2010 a good option as an upgrade? I don't need anything too complex, as I won't have a great deal of time to devote to editing.