Thanks in advance for any feedback, thoughts, suggestions -
Unfortunately I'm another noob, never owned a camcorder before. But I now have a need for recording 10 hours of continuous, unattended video. Yes, a surveilance of sorts. No I'm not spying on the neighbors, girlfriend, boss or government, or catch a poltergeist while I sleep, or anything of the sort.
HDD is apparently the only solution that can accomplish this and since my household is already peppered with lots of HD equipment, I figured if I'm going to take the camcorder plunge, I might as well go HD. I'm about ready to purchase a Sony HDR-SR1 but just wanted to see if anyone here had any other ideas before I do.
The only other HDD/HD camcorder I found was the JVC GZ-HD7. My thoughts are steering me away from that one because of early feedback here on some PQ issues and other quibbles. At first the JVC appealed to me because it uses HDV but if I understand some postings correctly, it's still a JVC-proprietary version of HDV? Is that correct?
I read the camcorderinfo.com review of the Sony and realize I'll have some PQ and edit-ability issues with AVCHD, but at least it's a standard, not proprietary. I couldn't find a SR1 to HD7 direct PQ comparison anywhere, but if anybody can point me to one or has experience with both and can offer feedback, that would be superb!
I know the Sony hasn't exactly been well thought of here...mostly due to AVCHD I think, but going by the camcorderinfo.com review, it does have a lot of pretty decent features for a guy who'll mostly be a point-n-shooter. Aside from AVCHD, can I really go wrong with this one?
I don't plan to do a lot of serious editing (and apparently minimal editing can now be done with MF6). I already have a blu-ray burner and Memory Stick slot in my Sony computer. No PS3 yet but I probably will eventually.
Anyway, any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.