Originally Posted by letstub /forum/post/0
We are leaving for vacation next Saturday and I need to buy a camcorder asap. I was HD. I was thinking on the Sony HDR-SR1, Panasonic HDC-SD1 and the Canon HV20. I like the sone for the hard drive but from everything I see the best picture quality comes from the HV20. I just want to make sure I am not making a mistake for buying a camcorder that uses tape. How much hi-def video can you get in a single miniDV tape? Many thanks in advance for any advice.
As you can read here the HV20 gets rave reviews for overall picture quality, and some features the other cams do not have.
Having said that, sometimes one just has to try them out, and compare!
I have a Sony HC3, and a Canon HV10, and honestly, it is real close for overall picture quality. I've had them both hooked up at the same time, and flipping back and forth between inputs it is very, very close.
Both have advantages over the other. The HV10 has less "noise" while the HC3 lets me see darker areas clearer.
I'm all for the best in this price bracket, but you can chase it until you drain your bank account
Bottom line is you won't go wrong with the Canon HV20, or with some of the other competitors out there.
Enjoy what you get..... and start filming your memories in HD!!