Originally Posted by Zarlyl
The Panasonic has 8.3 MP compared to the Canon's 3.0 MP. The Panasonic is only $100 more. Wouldn't the Panasonic be a much better deal if I can afford the price difference?
Do you plan on making videos, or taking snapshots? Because 1920x1080 is only ~2MP-ish.
Not all things are created equal. And in those regards we're talking pixels over size of sensor. The lower MP sensor has more photons per pixel and "generally" better low light performance. But not always. It really depends on if the high MP cam takes a single pixel for the equivalent video pixel, or the average of many pixels. Which you generally can't find out based on specs alone. Your best bet is to hit up vimeo and youtube and sample the results. If you like what you see, are you willing to part with the cash to own it?
FWIW, my FH1 takes 8MP still images. And with some manual controls and video speed, it does a rather nice job at it. Although only 2MP frame grabs if you take them WHILE recording video. Which is kind of pointless as you can extract them as frame grabs later.
The HF20 seems to have a 1/4" sensor, ick. 1/3" is more desirable. Some of the newer / beefy / pro-ish ones have a 2/3" sensor. But a singular 3.89 MP sensor for this cam.
The Pana has 3x 1/4.1" sensors, triple ick. Which are only 3.05 MP each. So 8MP interpolated? I think what you're paying for there is the 120GB HDD. That's a lot of record time built in.
The HV20 (several years old) is closer to a 1/3" sensor. HV30 and HV40 since that one came out. Basically I wouldn't get either of those that you mentioned. Maybe and HF S100 might be better suited for you? If you're set on the brand name. Holy cow, those prices can't be right. When is the baby due? Because right near X-mas those prices should be closer to the $700 mark.