Originally Posted by BrettR9
UPDATE.. CREDIT CARD DISPUTE WORKED>... The Store Called me and Asked me to Bring the POS Sony back.. Got a full refund, took three months but I got my money back.. Will not purchase sony products unless Absolutly Must have item..
This is asinine- you returned the camera because luddites on this forum scared you about it, and in doing so, you decided to dispute the charge?
The HDR-SR1 is a FINE CAMERA. It works great, shoots high quality video. ITs the only HDD Camera out there that's decent.
The idea that you have to shoot tape if you want to shoot HD is asinine. Basically, these are people who have tape cameras, and want to bash the newer technology.
AVCHD is not convenient to edit, this is true, but neither was HDV at this point in time after its introduction. (Seems the HDV proponents conveneintly forget that.)
There are NOT compression artifacts from the SR1. There is noise that you get in low light, and if you run at the lowest bitrate with a lot of action, you might see some compression artifacts... but the idea that AVCHD produces lower quality images than HDV is, again, asinine, and it shows that the person making hte claim does not understand what they are talking about.
These people think that HDV is like DV-- mostly uncompressed-- when reality is HDV is compressed using MPEG-2 which is a lower quality codec in all regards than MP4.
The HDR-SR1 is a good camera, and if you can live with the difficulties in editing AVCHD then itsthe one to buy for HD work.
Personally, I see it as the best SD camera out there, with an HD future for free when AVCHD is better supported.