After six months of buying, testing, rejecting then sending back cams for refunds , I was ready to give up. I tried three different Sony NX70s, a Sony NX5, a Sony VG20, and just this week a Panasonic AC160 that I really, really thought would be the one. I won't bore anyone yet with why I rejected them; the reasons were different for each one. Suffice to say that I will NOT pay thousands more for a "pro" cam that has problems compared to my tried and true Sony HDR-CX550V!
After six months of this agonizing struggle, in the midst of my black depression - there were no others left that came even close to my requirements - I saw the GY-HM600! Perfect on paper in every respect except for the lack of AVCHD 2.0 support, which provides 1080 50/60p - something that I fell in love with while using the NX70 and the VG20. Now I can't live without it.
So, I did some searching and found a number for JVC headquarters on the east coast. Using my well-honed skills at penetrating corporate phone menu trees, in less than a day I received a call from none other than Craig Yanagi himself!
I was floored and impressed by his commitment to customer interaction. This blows away anything I have seen with Sony, Panny or Canon.
We had a very pleasant chat. Although he could not commit to giving the new HM600/650 1080 60p by the time it is on the market, he did say that it was possible, and I sensed that he was interested in the feedback regarding this particular feature. He is active on many pro video forums, and regards social networking as a key aspect of his job.
There is a lot of people urging JVC to give the new cam AVCHD 2.0. I'm cautiously optimistic it will happen after talking with Craig. After all, the standard has been out for nearly two years and is pretty much a "standard" feature on most AVDHD cams now.http://www.avchd-info.org/