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Boy... Looking at the numbers...It's a tough call! I gotta go with the HC7 so far though... I would get more use out of the slo mo and the night vision as opposed to the 24p on the Canon. I also noticed that sony has upgraded the stablization... my Hc3 has electronic... kind of sucks.
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For me it is all about the "Film-look".
24p all the way...
That and the cheaper price is nice.
Not to mention seeing what the HV10 can do!

They are both great cameras though...

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For me it is all about the "Film-look".
24p all the way...
That and the cheaper price is nice.
Not to mention seeing what the HV10 can do!

They are both great cameras though...

Surprising. Question, though, what would you watch 24p video on? Haven't seen any TV's on the market yet with 24p capable inputs. Good comparison, though. Truly shows why these cameras are priced the way they are.

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Boy... Looking at the numbers...It's a tough call! I gotta go with the HC7 so far though... I would get more use out of the slo mo and the night vision as opposed to the 24p on the Canon. I also noticed that sony has upgraded the stablization... my Hc3 has electronic... kind of sucks.

Do what I do with the HC3... put it on a tripod and turn off the electronic stabilization. It will be interesting doing a head to head comparison of the HC7 and HV20.

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I think these charts are handy for a quick comparison but they don't paint the whole picture. Both look like great devices but there are a few quirks about the Sony that don't sit well with me.

First, I've seen this mentioned in other places, but the non-disc memory media is not the industry standard miniSD card or variant -- it's Sony's proprietary Memory Stick. This might be great for people who already have Sony products but to those of us who don't, it's an additional expense and yet another type of recording media we have to keep around the house.

Second, the Clearvid sensor used in the Sony seems flawed in design. It doubles the "sensitivity" to green colors -- at the expense of reds and blues. In clips I've seen from the HC7, greens looked great but reds looked closer to purple (magenta?), which made the image look somewhat unnatural to me.

An important point that's not mentioned in that chart is battery life. By all accounts, the HC7 has 20% less battery life compared with the HV20. That's a really big difference in my mind since I want the freedom to shoot for long stretches of time.
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Surprising. Question, though, what would you watch 24p video on? Haven't seen any TV's on the market yet with 24p capable inputs. Good comparison, though. Truly shows why these cameras are priced the way they are.

Uhh, you author it as 24p video in HD DVD or BD format and your deck will inverse telecine it in the same manner as HD DVD or BD films.
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Do what I do with the HC3... put it on a tripod and turn off the electronic stabilization. It will be interesting doing a head to head comparison of the HC7 and HV20.

Have also turned off the stabilization on my HC3 and using a tripod. When in a situation where I must have it hand held, I now leave it off as well. I was very apprehensive at first but was pleasantly surprised. My hand held shots look very good compared to when I had it on. No more jagged lines, much sharper picture and look more stable then when turned on. The ergonomics of the camera is so good that it is hard not to have a steady hand.
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I don't know... call me stupid if you will... but it never occured to me to turn off the ES.... but I will sure give it a try now.

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I think as a general rule, you should turn off EIS (and OIS) when the camera is on a tripod. This prevents the camera from "fighting" your tripod pans-- that it may mistake for camera shake.

I own an HC3 and love it, but the 24p of the HV20 is a big selling point to me. I will probably switch to the Canon soon.

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