Applies if you are going to edit your videos. The file format used with these camcorders are proprietary therefore you are stuck to programs that specifically support .tod (for HD) and .mod (for SD).
Also the optics system are not as good as what you would get with Sony or Canon.
If you want to stick with HDD, check into Sony and Canon.
I've been to Future Shop and Henry's to test out the cameras. Both... very bad at Image Stabilization, but does anyone else know anything kinda poor about it. Transferring from one format to another.. doesn't really bother me and i did LOVE the manual part of the HD7. I will be buying the largest battery for which ever i get because i do need long life.
Any really big cons about these 2? thinking of buying one of the two by Feb 3rd(end of sale date lol)