there was concern at one point about avchd and motion trailing, but im not sure if thats ever been fixed. hdv is definately easy to edit and is more compaible with software
i know the standard dv is 13gb per hour, and i want to say hdv is the same, but im not positive about that. so keep that in mind when you want to captue it to a computer
sonys use mpeg2 to capture standard def on the high def avchd cams. other cams use mepg2 as well, but its a different extension
personally, if you dont mind the limited recording time of the minidv tape, i would definately go with that media
the sony hdr-hc9 is a great cam, and the canon hv30/40 would be a great alternative as well
one other issue you may want to research is rolling shutter. this is common on cams with a cmos sensor instead of a ccd sensor. i think all the high def cams use cmos except panasonic on the 2008 models
I am looking at buying a new camcorder for an upcoming vacation and to update my old Sony Hi8 camcorder. I don't do too much filming at home but when i travel (Europe mostly), i film tons of hours.
Trainspotting and planespotting are my hardcore hobbies and i tend to do quite a bit of this when filming in Europe. I will film trains passing by at speeds between 30 km/h and 100 km/h. If the train has windows that open, i many times will film with the camera by sticking my arm and camera outside the window while the train moves and sometimes i will pan the camcorder quickly as the train goes by.
I tell you all this because i am worried about purchasing an AVCHD camcorder with its motion trailing issues or an HDD camcorder with its recording issues to do with vibration and altitude. Am i correct to be rethinking AVCHD (at it's 3rd generation stage) from what i intend to use the video camera for?
I as well enjoy editing my collections and have a question about quality. I am looking at the Sony HDR-HC9 as a choice. Is it a fair choice for my purposes? It is HDV, uses mini-DV tape which still carries the best quality video. I know that MPEG2 competes with AVCHD but where does AVI fit in? I have read that it is the purest form of video and is the best to have for quality. I don't have anything against AVCHD but i don't want to risk motion trailing during my hobby filming.
Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated.