Originally Posted by pix3l
Interesting. The reason I was leaning towards the Panny was because it reportedly performs better indoors. From what I have read and seen the noise/graininess of the Canon indoors is pretty bad. Is this not the case?
As for the compatibility with Windows 7, I found this chart on their site; scroll down to "products." Looks like it's good to go:http://panasonic.jp/support/global/c.../windows7.html
Again, THANK YOU for the info. I'm still torn between the Panny and the Sony, but I'm much more confident about the Panny now.
Note that I am referring to the Canon HF11 (or HG20/HG21 which use the same optics).
Well I guess I should clarify a bit for the indoors shots.
In my living room with a 300W overhead incandescent, the Panasonic shoots clearer shots but the color reproduction is better on the Canon, though it's image is grainier. Shooting from the darkened room next to it, into the living room, the Panasonic struggles heavily with fine details like the color differences of the cat's fur. (they take on a watercolor texture when zoomed). Under these conditions, the Canon does better as it can still make out the details. Also note that using Cinema mode with the Canon, you can clear up a lot
of graininess. Essentially it darkens the image so you do lose detail but I prefer the clearer image.
I hate to make over-generalized comments but until I get my review up, I will tell you that the auto white balance, iA mode and overly cool colors are my biggest complaints about the Panasonic. iA is useless during the day, AWB often makes things greenish (manual mode fixes this) and in general, a lot of scenes' colors are overly cool. Otherwise, I think it is a great camcorder.
As for the Canon, my 2 biggest complaints are the auto focus (which is complete garbage) and the LCD. The LCD only shows maybe 90% of the image, cropping the left and right sides off. It also takes on a florescent hue in direct sunlight so you have no idea what setting to use for proper color. The Canon's colors are overly warm but if I was going to have some color error, I would prefer it warm as would most people.
I wish I had some feedback for you on the Sony cams but the comparable models simply cost more than I was willing to spend on this type of cam.