Originally Posted by talbain
the only thing keeping this from being THE prosumer hd cam imo is the lack of mic and headset jacks. also, i'm not yet convinced that flash-exclusive recording is ready for primetime just yet. the cards are still a bit too expensive and too small to be practical for anything other than occasional use.
I forgot about the lack of mic/headphone jacks. Panasonic got that wrong too. However, I actually think SDHC is pretty affordable (I've seen 8GB class 6 cards going from $50-$100). They're not very speedy compared to, say, the new UDMA compactflash cards (6MB/s Vs. 45MB/s) but they're essentially only handling 2 megapixel images, so 6MB/s should be enough for now. Plus there are 16GB and 32GB models debuting soon; perhaps a new speed class is coming with them. These new cards will probably shoot longer than the battery lasts.
Originally Posted by rbouch8828
I think that making the world's smallest HDTV CamCorder requires that connectors be moved or reduced in size.
I would like an audio in connector too, but I think for the first attempt at a 1080P camcorder in the smallest package out there, they have done a magnificent job. I just can't wait to see the test results.
You're right about the sacrifices that must be made for smaller size. I just wish they had opted to prioritize usability/connectivity over shrinking dimensions. I mean, the SD9 is smaller than the SD5, and even it
was almost too small (for my big mitts, anyway)
Despite all my complaining, I'll still probably get one. Does anybody know if it has an A/V-IN for analog pass-through? I doubt it, but it would be nice to use it to transfer old stuff to my PC.