Originally Posted by pete4
The only thing that HC3 has over HC1 is 1/4 speed video recording so don't feel bad, besides usually most places have 7 day return policy. I would probably still pick HC1 over HC3, just for manual focus ring and other manual settings like shutter speed which HC3 doesn't have. Most other things are wash: for example HC3 has 200k LCD screen, which sounds better than 100k LCD on HC1 until I found out that HC3 has 100k viewfinder and HC1 has 200k viewfinder and here is a kicker, I use viewfinder 85% of the time, so for me higher resolution viewfinder is much more important than LCD. I guess you can't have it all.
Pete, pretty much how I feel. I also saw some posted clips of the HC3 vs the HC1 and although the color saturation of the HC3 appears greater, the HC1 appeared sharper to my eyes. This may be the net result of the lower pixel count of the HC3's imager. I've also never experienced any issues with color saturation of the HC1, so that to me was pretty meaningless. I was looking seriously at the HC3 for its improved low-light performance, but I won't trade if the HC3 doesn't have the sharpness of the HC1....afterall, that's what this format is all about, sharpness! :)
I guess we won't know for sure until the HC3 is released.