Well, we all have to jump into relatively new arenas in our lives sometimes. I have owned four camcorders, but never a hi-def/1080p camcorders, so this is truly a bit confusing in terms of operations and learning curve. Also not advanced on the computer as you guys have demonstrated that you are but I love the look my various 1080p displays and Blu-rays provide, so why not camcorders !
Anyway, doing the research it looks as if Canon has a great model in the HF G10. Several sites have stated that it is not quite as sharp as the Panasonic model of about $900., and our CNet lady seems to reverse her own statement of "one of the very best I've seen", picture quite sharp, ...but then says that it is "not as sharp as I'd like it, or used to." A few other sites rate this Canon a bit down on sharpness. So I wonder, in some of you guy's experience, is this Canon somewhat lacking in this area? It seems to have very good reviews otherwise.
One more "beginner" question (I'm gonna have to sign up for a video class AFTER our Hawaii vacation ! ): we have a four-year old Mac with a max screen resolution of about...I think maybe around 1440X980 ish, but it is not 1080p quality like the newer ones. So when I would need to dump the "flash drive" in the Canon, wouldn't this computer be inadequate to copy to 1080p? I have heard about a Blu-ray copier...woeful understanding of this. I just want to be able to do basic editing, AND storage of the best quality possible. I have no personal interest in sharing with You Tube; just family and friends showing on a 1080p screen. Hey, THANKS for some basic advice/response!