Well I already have the Sony Boom Mike and the Sony Wide-Angle lens for the HC90, so I'm tempted to stay in the Sony Camp (that and I've grown accustomed to the menus), since I'm pretty sure I can re-use both accessories.
I didn't realize the price on these had come down so much since the HC1 debuted.
And thanks on the MiniDV tapes, I read that after I had made my post above
I read that it uses the same 25mbs transfer rate so the tapes don't change, which is niice.
I assume it also means this machine will play standard DV tapes as well (if I unload the HC90).
I'd consider the Canon, but without any kind of mic jack (or even a shoe), I know I'd be swearing up and down...the shotgun mic can really make a difference if you want to keep background noise to a minimum when shooting.
I learned the hard way shooting with the HC90 that sound is at least as important as visual quality, hence the boom mic.
One thing..the HC90 has decent video quality for a SD/Widescreen camcorder.....but when I take the video and burn it to DVD via Pinnacle, the output does fill a 16:9 screen...but is it Progressive or Interlaced. I imagine I'm putting that image to Disc interlaced and then my DVD Player is outputting it as progressive?
I know, totally off topic
The HC3 looks tempting..any gotchas?? Focus is good?
resolution is, I hope, at least twice as good as the HC90...