been following this thread and the hf g10 thread... very good stuff. lots of helpful info from everyone, was hoping i might be able to get a few questions answered.
i'll try to keep my situation as brief as possible... looking to finally go hd, i've got a panasonic dvx100b that has seen better days. my budget is a LOT less than what i originally purchased that badboy for ($3300), so i was looking into panny's hmc40, then saw the new canon xa10, which led to hf g10, then on to m41/40. i'm looking to shoot again within the next month or two, so i'm hoping that if the g10 is the way to go, it's available by then. at the moment, i can easily get an m41/40.
right now i'm torn between the m40 and the g10. i realize that not many people have access to both these cams, so i guess this is mostly speculation and opinion that i'm asking for by people who know much more tech stuff than me...
1) my main concern is the lens size, the g10 obviously has a larger lens. how would the fov compare between the g10's standard lens and the m40 with the .7x wide angle lens? it's $230 extra. if it's comparable or even greater than the g10, that means the m40 + lens is still $570 cheaper.
2) is the native 24p of the g10 a huge difference between the m40s 24p with pulldown?
3) i really like that the g10 has manual controls/dials. is there really any kind of manual control on the m40? i feel like i'm missing something on the canon website. would i be able to manual set shutter speed/exposure/white balance/focus/etc at all on the m40? or is it all auto-you-probably-don't-know-what-you're-doing-that's-why-you-bought-a-consumer-level-cam?
i'm obviously looking for the most bang for my buck, so the m40 seems like a good way to go so i can put the extra money towards other things in the budget. but at the same time i sure love how the g10 has so many pro features i want in such a consumer priced cam. any help is greatly appreciated... thanks!