then you are getting the Panasonic. The Sony HC-48 uses Electronic Stabilizaton.
Also, if you HAVE to have 2 lux support, then the Panasonic is it... the HC48 is rated at 4 lux.
Personally, in the range you specify, I'd be looking at the Canon ZR800. It has the best optical zoom of these camcorders (35x) and has an external mic-in jack that the HC48 and GS85 do not have. And it is rated to 2 lux...
I'm looking for a MiniDV camcorder for vacations. My criteria is good OIS and indoor lighting (at least 2 lux). I originally wanted a camcorder with good stills resolution, but I gave up on that because that requires me to buy a very expensive camcorder. My budget is between $250 and $400. I've narrowed down my choices to two - the Panasonic
PV-GS85 and the Sony DCR-HC48. Both have comparable specs according to the criteria I find most important and are within my budget, so I can't decide between the two. I'd appreciate any help. Thank you.