Hey guys - so, sorry to do a total 180 on you all, but I happened to walk by the Sony Store in the mall today and decided I'd walk in and check it out. Had no idea that I'd walk out with the Sony HDR-PJ790!
It's amazing. It has a projector that projects either your video/photos, or you can hook it up with HDMI to project your computer, etc. I just thought that was SO COOL and I've never seen something like that before.
But, the real selling factor was this Balanced Optical SteadyShot thing. It's insane, I can't believe how cool it is. I'm sure you all know what it is but if anyone doesn't, you can actually see the lens moving ALL the time to correct your unsteady hand. We did a stabilization test where two cameras (one being mine) were mounted to something, both cameras pointing at the same object, and then it shook and the PJ790 barely even moved, while the other one looked like an earthquake.
I also love how it has 96GB internal storage - that's really convinient. It also shoots in 60P which was one of my little requirements. It has a really great surround sound mic, too.
And it has a Carl Zeiss lens!
It's funny, I walked into Sony with a preconceived thought about their position in the camcorder market. Since I have the Sony Alpha D-SLR I was telling you about, I know that people with Nikons and Canons laugh at me (even though I think it's GREAT). I kind of thought that was the same thing with Sony for video cameras, but then the salesman at Sony told me with video cameras, it's the opposite - that's sony's bread and butter and most professional broadcasting stuff is done on Sony equipment. That made me feel a bit better.
I'm pretty sure the pricetag was $1699.99, but he told me that Sony does pricematching, so we went on one of their computers and found that a store nearby was selling it for $1419.00, so I got it for that price! Pretty awesome. I know it's above my budget I set out but I figure since my Sony Alpha DSLR does such a good job already, if I'm gonna "step it up", I better really step it up.
Also, I'm so impressed with the 24.1mp still camera function. I know that megapixels are obviously not the leading factor in photo quality, but coming from my 16.1mp Sony DSLR, I'm really impressed. I have't done any side by side comparisons but I'm hoping the PJ790's still camera will be good enough that I don't have to carry around two cameras. That would be great.
What do you guys think of my choice? I really love it! I will make some demo videos and post them here once I've played with it a bit!