I'm in the process of upgrading my old camcorder, the Sony HDR-HC9. This was an HDV camcorder that shot great video and i really enjoyed everything it had to offer. My choices for upgrading were the Canon Vixia HF G20, Sony HDR-PJ650V and Panasonic HC-X920. When i looked at the video the Panasonic showed (at a local video store) i wasn't impressed and i was also a little worried about all the chatter regarding white balance issues so i dropped the Panasonic.
I am down to the Sony and Canon. I tried the Sony for a week and returned it. I recently picked up a Canon and we'll see how that goes. I can pick up the Sony for $950 through Dell and the Canon for $965. These are Canadian prices.
My first impression of the Sony was that the video looked as if there was a "fog in the room". It seemed like the colors weren't as sharp as my old camcorder. Now i don't know if this is a Codec issue or if 60p looks different than what i'm used to. The old Sony spit out video in 1440x1080i which is obviously "worse" but there is just a wierd look to the PJ650V.
The Canon gets great reviews but everyone harps about it only possessing 60i. Is this really that big of an issue? I have 2 little kids (1 yr old and 3 yrs old) and another on the way so i will be shooting a lot of home video. The low light capabilities of the Canon seems like a bonus but the Sony gets decent ratings in that as well. The other big thing i tend to use the camera for is shooting planes and trains as a hobby so there is some fast action shots there but not ridiculously fast and even then this will happen every 2-3 years when i travel to Europe. The main purpose of this camera will be home videos and family vacations.
I have also noticed that neither camera's 60p or 60i can be played on any of my TV's. They are all Sony's and are 1, 3 and 5 years old. It's painful to know that i'll have to downgrade the video to watch it on TV unless i'm missing something. Because of this reason as well, i don't know why 60i vs 60p would be that big of an issue for me. I will be doing very little editing and i don't know why i would ever require slow light capabilities.
Can someone please provide some thoughts on which camera is the better option for my situation? Thank-you.