I have recently been wondering the same thing, which is better Sony's Mini-DV camcorders or the Canon Elura series? The answer is Canon works with photo imaging so they know how to make a better camcorder for a cheaper cost. Sony makes everything so its the jack-of-all-trades whereas Canon is the master-of-the-trade. I have read the reviews on Cnet and I am definately going to buy me a Canon Elura.
I'm looking to purchase a mini DV camcorder. I've been looking at three models, Sony DCRHC20 & DCRHC30 and Canon Elura 60. Any suggestions would be appreciated. After ready some messages I am leary about Sony.