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I am pretty up to speed on most home theatre and photography equipment and video editing software. However, I am not that current on the camcorder market other than in general of course knowing it has moved mostly to memory-card based product from DV tape.
I currently have an HV20 which supports up to 1080i/60 on DV tape. I shoot video of mostly family and vacation and I do my own HD editing with Premiere Pro and produce Blu-Ray discs. But I am trying to decide whether to upgrade now to a new camcorder or wait for a DSLR solution that fits my needs.
I have been eyeing (and used) the Sony translucent mirror technology on their DSLR's and am tempted. But I have Nikon photo equipment and am not ready to jump ship just to get good/quick-focusing video on my DSLR for an all-in-one solution. I can make beautiful depth-of-field brief shot videos on my Nikon, however it does not work for fast-paced family action. Focus pull may be great for a short video but not for quick and varied family shots.
Although I love the manual flexibility and creativity of my DSLR for photos, for my video camera I need good, quick automatic focusing, and a good auto mode. I am not the only one shooting video.
So....I would probably be leaning towards a Canon comparable model current camcorder. I know I would get 1080P vs. 1080i that I have now which would be a benefit of some measure. I would also switch from a tape-based DV medium to a flash-based card. I assume I would also be going to an AVCHD format? This would require a little more horsepower to edit it but my rig should be able to handle it.
Well i still have a HV30 also a GH2 anf FZ150,so i cant compare the HV with a modern cam but the 2 cameras are fair comparison.
The HV has always been my favorite camcorder,good color rendition and HDV resolution is not bad,
Compared to my FZ150 the HV has sharper video,the GH2 has more resolution
of course and exept for wildlife i do all filming with it now.
The HV is only used as another storage medium now,but how i wish editing rendering etc AVCHD is as easy as HDV for me.