If you don't want to, need to, or simply can't shell out a couple hundred dollars more for an HD camcorder, the Sony Handycam DCR-SR85 delivers decent SD video and copious recording time.
The HDR-XR200V has significant updates from its predecessor, the S10D; the XV100 not so much.
Higher resolutions, bigger hard disks and true HD support differentiate this year's generation of AVCHD models.
Canon finally hops on the hard-disk camcorder train with the announcement of additions to its range of high-def consumer camcorders.
Canon prepares its latest conscripts for the camcorder wars but there's still no sign of any hard-disk or hybrid warriors.
This go round, Panasonic has slimmed down its lineup and rolled out new sensors and image processing to (hopefully) deliver improved video quality.
Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing to baby the white balance a bit. The TM900 is my top pick of the three for its EVF, but if you're on a tight budget the SD800 should suit just fine.
With the exception of a couple models, for the most part Panasonic's entry-level and midrange HD camcorder models for 2011 look underwhelming, thanks to sensors with insufficient resolution for HD capture.
Support for Pansonic's 3D add-on lens is probably the most notable of the updates to the company's prosumer camcorders.
AMD makes the move to this high-speed data transfer technology before Intel, which makes AMD the PC industry's largest single proponent of USB 3.0.