> I meant HD to be an external hard drive.
You can connect external recorders via HDMI to any modern camcorder. You are talking about hi-end uncompressed video here. Do you really need it? If yes, you may want to try other forums where professional equipment is duscussed.
> I would like 24 p and 60 p.
The XA10 cannot do 1080p60, but it can do 720p60. You can find supported recording rates in the specs.
> I love the wide angle on the sony 30. so something similar to that.
You can pull up the specs for exact numbers.
> I know that my trv would not be considered small now, but it was a great size for me. Not sure if I want to go much biggere than that.
I think the XA10 would work for you. Personally I think that it is cumbersome for frequent usage of manual focus, that is why I have the HMC40. On another hand, I haven't used it much in more than a year, so now I am selling it... Ah, well. BTW, I just found out that the XA10 has focus override, that is in AF mode you can turn the ring and it will switch to MF without pressing AF/MF button.
> what is the deifference between the A10 and A10U?
Are you talking about the Canon? There is no A10 neither A10U. It is XA10. Canon does not use "U" for U.S. models, this is what Sony does.
> Maybe fast motion (speeding up the action) can only be done post production.
Speeding up action is easy. Slowing it down is what people are usually after. Slo-mo from 60p to 24p looks pleasantly dreamy. If you need slower then you can try different frame interpolating tools or look for high frame rate cameras, this will cost you more. I don't know of any consumer or prosumer camcorder that shoots faster than 60p with good quality. There are some that shoot 120fps, but image quality is lower than at 60fps.
> Anybody have opinio/experience with the nesw Panasonic AC90?
It is a new camcorder that is just about being put on sale. Few owners yet. Judging by pics and specs it should be awesome, except for sensor size. Should be right on par with your TRV in terms of DOF. Now if it were me, I would add $200 and get the XF100 instead. I would trade 1080p60 for 50 Mbit/s 4:2:2 XDCAM EX.
Originally Posted by markr041
Rack focus: Don't ignore the touch screen. You put your finger on the object you want to focus on and the autofocus then focuses on that object - it is *better* than doing it manually.
Yes, it is better if you have your camera on a tripod, your subject does not move and you have plenty of time. I used to own the Sony HDR-HC1, I bought it specifically for "spot focus" and "shot transition" features. Turned out to be too messy to use in run-and-gun situation. I loved the HC1 for the look, feel, menu organization and these nifty features, but sold it because it was interlaced-only and tape-based. Only when the HMC40 came out I found a reasonable substitute for the HC1, but there is no comparison in style: the HMC40 is dog ugly! The AC90 is much prettier, and the XA10, XF100 are handsome too. The NX30 is... well.. not my cup of tea. Does it at least allow FULL manual exposure, not just priority this or priority that?