Got a chance to try out my new HF G10. It was defective right out of the box. Jello-vision on the edges whenever the camera moves in a pan slow or fast. Some objects it will NOT focus on especially if you zoom in.
Some things will go in and out of focus that are stationary. It's definitely defective and is going back on Sunday and I will reorder another one.
That said I do have some observations that might or might not change when I get a replacement.
The HF G10 is really amazing in low light, it's auto mode does brighten things up a bit too much but you can live with it. If I manually crank up the gain I can go as high as 24dB and I do not get a screen door effect unless it's really dark like you'd use IR for. 24dB isn't a good choice but it makes a point that in low light this cam rocks!
Now in bright light and with motion it is not as good as the TM900 I had. There are differences and they are noticeable. The TM900 has more dynamic color and it clearly handles motion better and it's more vibrant as well. the 3MOS sensor is great in bright light. The 60i is not in the same league when it comes to real motion.
Too many static shots on Vimeo and YouTube, get some real fast motion and you'll see the TM900 wins against the Canon.
However since 50% of what I do is indoors and low light the Canon wins because the TM900 cannot work for squat indoors.
Outside the Canon is really good, motion for me is ok, even good but not great. Battery life on the HF G10 is dismal with the stock battery and it's OIS is defective probably so I can't comment on that but if it isn't defective then it also isn't as good as the Panny.
I think that for most people who have to compromise the Canon is the better choice overall. If you just shoot in bright light the TM900 is better.
I have my TM900 videos and I will try and get similar videos to compare if the weather ever turns blue sky again.
But with the jello-vision there is no point. The rolling shutter issue was there from the moment I turned on the camera.
I'm sure Ken will say I'm trying to find things wrong, but I call it as I see it. My wife even prefers the TM900, BUT BUT BUT this camera is defective by any standards so maybe when I get a replacement it will be better, I hope so.
For bright light I will wait until the TM900 drops and grab one when the sale price is right. For everyday the Canon does a lot well.
Oh and in case anyone was wondering. The still pics the Canon takes are so awful they should have saved the space and left the button off the camera!
Canon has a very confusing non-intuitive menu system. A lot of time has been spent RTFM. The Panny was very very easy compared.
Hope you are having a great time in Italy Ken.