Originally Posted by CatKing
Here is the basket ball game comparison link.
I rather enjoy the video quality from a $1000 camcorder while viewing full screen at my Samsung 850 LCD connected with WD Live TV. It is better than seeing from my Dell 2711 monitor.
Well, the sony is the obvious winner in this line-up. There are some aspects of the pany clip where I still like the colors more, but it is clearly failing due to low light casting that yellow dim hue over the whole scene (though I think you may have set the db level?, as there was (EDIT: NOT...kind of a key word to leave out) significant noise, so it could have been brightened a bit without negative impacts, and I am not confident the wb was set correctly), but regardless, the Sony is far superior in this heads-up.
Putting the actual video quality aside, the wider angle lens makes all the difference. There is simply no competition in this match-up, and for your application the better color rendering of the pany outdoors (which I find to be truly significant to ones overall pleasure of video) is totally irrelevant, as the Sony is so much better for these basketball games. Maybe with a wide angle lens attachment the pany would come close, but it would still not be as good for this application.
Also, some thoughts,
If you are shooting from the floor, maybe you should leave the basic OIS mode on?
Also, I think you might want to try your hand at manual focus, set it and leave it, as the focus shifts when the players come near and is quite distracting.
Overall, the Sony was a fantastic pick for you.