Under good lighting conditions with little fast motion - in sunlight or in the studio - ANY camcorder can take good video - why not save your money and get a pocket camcorder?
But we don't live in a studio and we don't always limit our video capture to bright light and no (or little) action... so. you need to look for big lenses and imaging chips (for good low light behavior) and leat amount of compression for reduced "artifacting".
No, I do not agree that "the new technology finally crossed the bounds between ?home movie? and the ?not a millionaire? professional". The image capture is only one part - you have audio to deal with too. And with the manual controls on a consumer grade camcorder buried in the menu, when used, you will shake the camera... not so much on the prosumer or pro grade where the most used manual controls are on the outside of the camcorder and easy to get to and use.
I?ve been looking for a new camcorder and can?t make up my mind.
I read many specifications and still can figure out what camcorder has the best features and picture X price tag within my limited budget, so I ask:
With decent light ? sunshine or proper studio light - which one will have the best picture; Panasonic HS300 or TM 300 with 1920 x 1080 around USD1,100.00 or the Panasonic HVX200 or Canon XH ? A1 both with 1440 x 1080 above US4,000.00 where does US3,000.00 goes? Will the top priced have a picture four times better than the shipper? Or even twice as better? Or even the same? And since they all record in "low" 720 x 480, what about compare with the Panasonic DVX 100BP or the Canon XL2 or even the - used for under US$2,000.00 DSR 300 with 4.2.2 and 2/3 CCD - going crazy here?
What is the gain?
Has the new technology finally crossed the bounds between ?home movie? and the ?not a millionaire? professional?
In these camcorders, what is best 1920 x 1080 on CMOS or 1440 x 1080 on CCD?
Can anybody help me answer it?