Originally Posted by Ken Ross
You probably should reconsider the Sony (CX700 or 560) given your shooting needs. I may take another look at it myself. I was looking back at the clips I still have from CX and they're really pretty good, sharper than I remember. My video buddy always accuses me of making rash, too quick decisions.
But yes, the focusing thing in low light was probably the biggest issue. I think I also preferred the colors of the Panny outdoors, but frankly, the colors of the Sony may have been better indoors...and it was sharper indoors. The focusing thing is not a shock if you've owned Sonys before. I can't ever recall having a Sony that came close to the autofocus of the Canon's IAF system.
My comment on the 1080p was not meant to blame 1080p for the blur, but rather to show that blurring can still occur with 1080p. I think some people think that 1080p eliminates blurring with motion and is one of the prime advantages of 1080p over 1080i. I'll stand by what I said before, give me a well-engineered 1080i cam over a 1080p cam that isn't as well-engineered.
Of course there will likely be blur in motion especially with camera pans, as a lot will then come down to the shutter speed. Try panning the most expensive digital SLR camera with a shutter speed of 1/100 or 1/50 and take a photo, it's going to be blurry.
All these cams are doing is taking 50 or 60 full 1920x1080 resolution photographs a second, freeze frame a single snap shot and it is equivalent to a single photograph taken with a camera being swung through the air at a slowish shutter speed. Just because you have 60 taken a second and it's video, isn't going to stop the rules of normal photography applying.
If you want ultimate sharpness while panning at any speed you need to up the shutter rate, the higher the better, light permitting. Downscale it though to interlaced and you'll notice even more the 50% drop in resolution at the start of the pan, and the benefits of 1080P surface even more.
I've never heard beeps in the audio, and if you are, I'd suggest making sure your mobile is away from the camcorder. Now we use higher 3G frequencies and phones can have Bluetooth constantly advertising their availability, it could be those higher frequencies causing audible beeps. We are all probably familiar with 2G mobile phones interfering and being heard and would recognise it as such, but Bluetooth and 3G will are different beasts.
I would like to add there are several posts from people around the net with perfectly working 900 series camcorders, I'm one of them, and I'm sure there will be thousands of others.
Judging by the all the deliberation and picking of faults on all the various HD cams, it would appear no one seems 100% happy with any of them for one reason or another. These are consumer camcorders, and faulty ones aside, they aren't going to be perfect, but compared to what we had available just a few years ago for much more money, these small camcorders recording to solid state memory, are absolutely fantastic.