Originally Posted by Dre325
Can anyone provide further insight between these three camcorders? I'm looking in this same price range and these three keep coming up in my research as well. Seems like there are distinct pros and cons of each, but I'm curious for opinions on real world shooting how much the lack of wide angle and 60p affects the M500 vs lack of great low light for the V700. I honestly don't know how the Sony compares at all. Thanks for any help!
You can't find anyone here that owns all three, so you won't get much further input like you are looking for. You will find people that have one of them, been successful using it and have become a "fan"of that camera.
I have a few cameras that do video in 1080p. They are very different cameras. I consider one a pocket video camera, another is my pocket "quality" photo camera and the third is my "serious" video camera.
I continue to have fun learning to use them. There are significant differences in the cameras I use, but most of the time I could use any of the three and get a clip that looks nice on a big TV. Some situations are unique and one camera will be better than another.
My point regarding this discussion is that the core functions and utility of all three camcorders being considered is so close that, once you buy one, you will find it suitable for high quality, general purpose, family and travel video. The quality of the video will depend far more on how you learn to use the camcorder and how you learn to do editing, than the camcorder itself.
Pick any camcorder from the list, then learn its features and limitations so that you can get what you want out of it. You can't get it wrong.
Again, I vote for the Sony and Panasonic. Or maybe the Panasonic and Sony. I like the software that comes with them for editing. The last experience I had with a Canon was called an Elph and I took usable video of a cattle branding on a ranch in Idaho.
PS: "low light" is a troublesome word because it is hard to define. Do we mean a room where there is enough light for people to keep from bumping into things like a restaurant. Or, a normally lit family room. Or, pitch black on a camping trip where you might like a flashlight to get around. All three cameras on this list will do "normal" low light. The Canon is reported to do better in pitch black.