Originally Posted by techspark
Edit: Out of curousity, just wondering how much of a difference will it be between 1080/60p video from point and shoot camera like fz-150 vs 1080/60p from a standard camcorder like tm900 when viewed on a 55-60inch hdtv ? Hope you guys can let me know on this. Thanks!
I started on this video hobby a little over a year ago. I bought a Panasonic HDC-SDT750, which Panasonic's website said had all the same components as the TM900. It was supposed to cost more, but was being discounted below the TM900 because it included a really ugly 3D lens attachment. Reading posts here drove my curiosity level up to the point that, on an impulse, I bought the Sony HX9V at Best Buy. (Thanks markr!)
If I transfer videos from both cameras to my media player and rename them for menu selection, I loose track. I can't tell one from the other on a year old 55 inch Sony.
I had the same question you have and I was trying understand what 1080p is. So, I did a bunch of side by side test shots and took detailed notes on a trip to Hawaii so I could come back and start a thread here. I have way too much footage of flapping high speed birds in 1080p at the patio feeder! By the time I got around to it, the cameras were being replaced by newer models and it was no longer relevant, except to me. The quality, to my eyes, is indistinguishable.
If anything, I get better video from the little one because it is easier to have with me and it is less obvious that I'm taking video. Three of my four favorite "real" videos (with editing, effects and titles) were made with the little one.
Good video comes from planning, thinking, where you point the camera and gluing it together. How many buttons, features and menus you have on the camera mean little. 1080p and AVCHD have leveled the playing field, maybe turned it upside down.
I watched a team of two pros shoot some wedding stuff in Italy a few months ago. I know the 1080p from their huge camcorders is no better than what I got shooting them maneuvering the bride into suggestive posses. Mine might even be better because I caught the drama of the silly bride getting her ego pumped and the shooters doing it. In fact, they probably thought I was taking snap shots of the public castle so paid no attention. If they had shown up with HX9Vs or FX-150s the bombshell bride would have fired them!
A few weeks ago I was with a friend that has a Suburban full of audio and video gear. I think you would consider him a "DJ". He mentioned he was considering a new camera. I pulled the HX9V from my pocket, took a couple of 1080p shots, and HDMIed it to his big TV and pressed play on the camera. He thought I was trying to trick him. He was in disbelief.
Just don't tell anybody your fantastically clear 1080p is coming from a point-n-shoot and you'll be OK.