Originally Posted by noobie2010
Tom, any compelling reason that made you choose the CX over the XR? I am trying to decide between the two, and I must say that I am leaning towards the XR - presence of the viewfinder, better LCD, headphone/mic, etc. Yes, the CX has got an improved EIS, but then it's not significantly better. CamcorderInfo gives it a rating of 12.15, vs the XR's 10.82. So...
Not compelling, just strong personal preferences. Actually, the improved EIS in the 2009 CXs probably is significant but I didn't realize that at the time I bought the cam. You get that in both lines in the upcoming 2010 cams.
I went with the flash cam because I liked the smaller case and weight, not having to worry about a hard drive above 9,000 feet, not having to worry about the hard drive failing, etc. Similarly, I went with a cheap flash memory notebook instead of the hard drive version. There are valid arguments for both storage media. I also transfer video to the PC quickly so I don't need the huge pile of storage of the HDD models. I had chips already from having a CX12 so I had something like 128GB on hand with the built in drive.
It's probably more accurate to say that there was no compelling reason for me to use the HDD model, and a few reasons to avoid it (altitude, cost, lack of need, etc.). I don't care about the viewfinder, though that becomes moot on the 2010 CX.
Aside from the media, I think the improved CX EIS was the biggest functional difference I cared about. I have made extensive use of that, doing much more handheld work than I did with the CX12. Again, that comes on all the models in 2010.