Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I'm looking for a quality prosumer camcorder to record interviews, music lessons, and music videos. I have a lot of experience with film SLR and DSLR still cameras, but I know very little about recording video. I'd like the option of manual features, but the convenience of full auto whenever possible. I'll be recording audio with a separate device, so in-camera mic quality is irrelivant.
My budget is $700.
At the end of march, I could buy an HF m500 for $550 (which leaves me $150 for an SDXC card and extra battery).
Right now, I can buy a Panasonic TM900 for $700 on sale (it has 32gb of memory built in so i can put off buying an SDXC card).
The panisonic has some nice manual features like a focus ring and can shoot 1080p at 60fps (the canon only does 1080i at 60fps).
The canon is predicted to have 20% improved low-light and HDR performance over the already impressive 2011 vixias. The canon has more more auto functions than the panisonic does, and manual controls can be accessed via the touch screen (i think).
Both seem on par for features otherwise. My gut says i should get the canon for improved clarity in shadows and highlights. Should I wait for the canon or buy the panisonic?