Originally Posted by GodobeHD
Chris, we can't wait to hear your review on HC3 first hand. I think many prospective buyers like me are concerned about the lower PQ on the HC3 vs HC1. But so far no direct comparison yet from an owner of both HC1 and HC3 and seeing it side by side. The comments of HC1 being noticably superior to HC3 have all been from HC1 owners. So please give us your honest opinion on HC3.
Perhaps some opinions are from HC1 owners, but HC1 owners who saw side by side clips posted from both cameras. This particular HC1 owner would have liked to have owned the HC3 IF it had the same or better PQ plus the improved low-light. I haven't seen one clip yet that shows that. The clips I've seen only show the opposite. I've downloaded every available clip produced by the HC3 and have yet to see one that shows the camera to produce equally good video as the HC1. What's interesting is that the most positive reviews from owners of the HC3 in Japan, appear to be coming from people that haven't owned an HDV camera before or who haven't compared the HC3 directly with the HC1.
Hey, keep in mind I sold my FX1 when I saw the video the HC1 produced, so I'm surely not someone that tries to 'protect' his turf....I'm always looking for the best PQ in the most reasonably sized package.
But when they're in the stores, I will take my HC1 down and compare it myself side by side.
Chris, will you be able to do a side by side comparison with the HC1? That will be the basis for a valid comparison. It's also important for any member who does such a test, to mention the display that he's conducting his tests on.