Originally Posted by spyker1212
I have pany tm700, tm900, sony ax100, cx760, ax33, gw77....
I use the sony camcorder 95% of the time. and Panasonic very rarely.
I transfer important video to computer right after taking video. do not let video fill up camcorder memory. ...
Re Sony V Panny - Yes, I use my Sony much more too. My Sony PJ760 does colour MUCH better than the cold auto white balance of the PanasonicTM900. I'm very fussy about the colour, and love the warm setting that the Sony's auto white balance is set to. I don't like fiddling with manual white balance, as many of the candid moments can be lost while fluffing around with a white card. (just for fun, I found two stills, one in a Hong Kong market, and one in a Thailand market -both in the shade) - the first on the left with the Panasonic camera still function, and the second with the Sony camera still function. Both are unedited and both with auto white balance. The Panasonic on the left ALWAYS had that cold, almost olive green cast which I really dislike. The Sony always has true to life, warm...almost a bit pink colour. Much more palateable.
Re Transfer: I also, transfer the important video to the PC immediately. I do, however, mostly leave it there for a while (though I've never come even near filling it up, but a few times have gone over half of the internal memory when on holidays overseas). I leave it there until I make my home video movie. This can take months for me to do - but I worry that if my pc crashes or something, then my original files are lost. Yes I suppose I could put them on an external hard drive, but when they're on the camera's hard drive it's just about the same thing. So I leave the files there until my movie is made, then delete them all. THATS where the 'delete all' would be handy. But now I think the format is a good option, since you suggested it might be good for it.
I only use the card for stills, and the internal memory for video. Is formatting the internal memory every 6 months or so safe? (or do you mean only for the SD card?)
BTW I really appreciate all your comments, they've been really helpful.