Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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After a lot of mind numbing research, I got the HV10 and I am pretty sure I wont regret the decision. Just taking the camera out of the box, charging the battery then walking around the house shooting various scenes with variable lighting provided images with more detail than I thought was really possible in a camera this small. Yes there is a "graininess" in very low light situations but I had come to expect that and it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.
Should I have waited for the HV20? Well, the poor mic position turns out not to be as bad as a lot of people said it would be. Yes you get wind noise but for what I am going to use it for, it is more than acceptable. The amateur hobbyists amongst us will probably find this fits the bill very well.
I even transfered some old VHS tape to it and it seemed to both me and the wife that it cleaned up the images a little. We had one tape of our wedding that was taken on a boat out of Morro Bay. The engine drone in the old tape was almost overbearing, on the transfer, yes the engine drone is still there but is seems somewhat subdued, yet the voices seem to be a little clearer. Just our imagination? who knows but it sure seems that way.
For those of you who want to wait for the HV20, go for it, but if you think the HV10 may work better, for whatever reason, I don't think you will regret it.