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"With this camera’s new Dual Recording feature you’ll be able to grab both 1080/60p MP4 (35Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps)." -- I am highly skeptical about being able to record AVCHD on one card and MP4 onto another simultaneously. Not that I would really need this feature, but these guys make it sound like the camera can do that.
Finally, with manual controls, tilt-up viewfinder and beefy look Canon made a decent follow-up for the Sony HC1. Yay, it has been almost a decade!
And the XA20/25 are the tapeless equivalents to the venerable Sony A1. The NX70 is too expensive. The NX30 is a consumer cam with XLR adapter. The HM150 has jello-free CCDs, but crappy stabilizer. The AC90 may have the best stabilizer in the group, but its sensors are too small. Overall I believe that the XA20/25 is the better package.
We've seen how resolution varies on Panasonic camcorders depending on shooting mode: about 800 lines in interlaced, and about 1000 lines in 60p. I am really interested to see resolution numbers of the new Canons in 50p/60p mode. Will it be different for AVCHD and MP4? If both containers use AVC encoding, then 35 Mbit/s MP4 should yield better artifact-free picture.
Next step in the race is 50 Mbit/s 4:2:2 AVC Long-G. UHS-I cards have enough speed. Anyone? Anyone? Panasonic?