Originally Posted by Steve McD
Ever since the introduction of the VX700 in 1995, which was the first digital camcorder from Sony's non-professional division, we've all been waiting for a truly good HD model, that was small and affordable. My advice to those itching to get an SR-11/SR-12, is to wait just a couple more weeks, until a few full, professional reviews come out. Despite assurances from some early-adopters, there's a great deal of uncertainty about all the aspects of these radically different models.
Steve, I've always thought dropouts in the HDV format were vastly overrated. I've shot many many tapes and I can count on one hand the number of dropouts I've ever seen. I think for the most part this is truly a non-issue for HDV.
However, after seeing the recent AVCHD models with their higher resolution and improved bitrate, I have become a firm believer that the AVCHD format will be superior to the HDV format as it continues to evolve.
My brief experience with the SR12 shows the true promise of AVCHD finally being realized. As I've said, IMO, it's image is every bit as good as my HV20, if not better. Things will continue to improve with future models.
But the big thing for me is the amazing convenience of instant access to any scene at any time. Shuttling through HDV tapes was always a pain and very glitchy. It's almost impossible to hit the precise point on an HDV tape while scanning it. Once you've played with a high quality AVCHD cam, it's tough to feel the same way about tape.
Keep in mind that I've long been a skeptic of AVCHD. No more.