Originally Posted by David HT guy
Has anyone upgraded from the HF10 to the Panasonic TM700? Based on the reviews of the TM700 and user comments, I would imagine the difference would be great, but I would like to know if anyone has actually compared both? Thanks
I have the HF100 and I had the TM700. The difference in detail and sharpness is noticeable when you shoot in 1080p60, especially when you move the camera: the Canon gets soft and blurry, while the "700" keeps details in. But there are other things, like internal fan noise, or greenish look to the image, or not very user-friendly controls that may still play in favor of the Canon. Still, the controls on the Pana are more complete than on the Canon.
The Canon has very fast iAF, and very slow regular AF; iAF sensor is obstructed by a lens adapter or a hood. The Panasonic does not have iAF sensor, but its regular AF is faster than the Canon's. This means that you can use attachments and still have fast AF.
The Panasonic turns on fast, and turns off when you close the LCD cover. The Canon does not turn off when you close the cover, draining the batteries. When you turn the Canon off, it forgets current exposure setting. When you turn the Panasonic off, it forget current zoom setting, but it remembers the exposure.
Both camcorders have pitiful screens, but the Panasonic has better focus assist feature (focus peaking). Sadly, the trademark Panasonic's center frame magnification has been dropped in this model. The HF has frame magnification, but only in pause mode, and there is no way you can manually pull focus with its joystick. Question is: how often will you be pulling focus? Usually I point to an object in AF mode, and then lock the focus, this works. The 700 has focus tracking and face recognition, but it works only in full auto, and is not bulletproof. May work with someone slowly walking, will not work with normal children.
It makes sense to upgrade only if you really-really want 1080p60, and you have means to play it.