Originally Posted by bearcat9
I'm starting to look for a new camcorder and I think I really want an HD camera with a hard drive. The main option right now seems to be the SR1, but I've read a lot about how impossible it is to edit the avchd format.
I don't understand 100% the early adopters of AVCHD camcorders. You can't edit footage right now and by the time software solutions are developed, a new wave of camcorders will have come out.
I was wondering from anyone that has used both (hard drive and dv), is hard drive really a lot better and more convenient or is it all in my head. Is the convenience worth not being able to edit right now? Has anyone heard of any new HD options with a hard drive coming out soon?
I don't think convenience is all too different. I think there's a mentality that comes from audio devices that states tapes are old, inconvenient, and low-quality (as is the case for tape-based Walkmans) while HDs are new, convenient, and high-quality (as is the case of iPods). I don't think this applies to camcorders. HDV is a fairly new standard and sending video to your computer is as easy as connecting a firewire cable. Transferring video is in realtime which is arguably inconvenient but no one says that you have to sit in front of your computer the whole time while the transfer takes place!
For me, it's ultimately a question of picture quality. At the end of the day, my friends and family who watch my videos aren't going to see or care about the media transport system. They're just going to see the image on the screen in front of them. If it's good PQ, they'll be impressed regardless of where it originated from. I think you should choose the camera that gives, in your opinion, the best footage!
My recommendation would be to borrow camcorders from friends and test them out in real shooting situations that you would tend to run into. Unfortunately, not everyone owns a $1k+ camcorder. As an alternative, I suggest you DL video clips from users in other forums or manufacturers' homepages.
The PQ of some of the clips I've seen has been amazing!