Originally Posted by TallPaul002
I think the mic input on the HC7 is going to make it s storng seller, there are so many comments on forums that its missing on the HC3 - who wants to spend $1000 on a camcorder with no input?
Also, with HD, your production quality comes up and its natural to want the sound quality to match the picture!
Many on this forum make a big deal out of having a great mic input on these consumer HD cams. The reality is vast majority of the public do NOT care about the sound quality beyond acceptable. Last year over 90% of the audio systems sold (dollar wise) in the States had speakers less than 1cm in size. They were called MP3 players and iPods. On the other hand over 80% of the TVs sold (dollar wise) last six months were digital HDTVs. That gives you the idea that most people continue to be impressed by HD PQ while care less about SQ beyond decent. And I can tell you that out of few dozen people I showed my HD footages to all were blown away by its PQ yet NONE mentioned lack of SQ even though I could here imperfections in the sound tracks.
So for vast majority of consumers SQ in these HD cams is no issue, and for a majority of users on this forum it is a make or break issue. But if I were a manufacture who should I listen to? I think the answer is an easy one.