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Camcorder Hard-Drives - Any Failures out there?

I am leaning toward buying a Canon HF10 (or one of the Sony SR models). However I really do like the capacity offered by Hard-Drive storage but I am concerned about the breaking the hard drive. I know i have been rought my current camcorder and Laptop and feel like the Flash models may be a bit more durable and reliable. Any reports out there about the Hard Drive models being less durable/reliable? Also, if the drive did fail, is it swappable? Also, any fact based opinions on the Canon vs comparable Sony's? Thanks - Wolf

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The only failures I know of

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Are units that were dropped. The damage exceeded the hard disk itself with crushed optics, case, etc. Do those count?

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PS Sony vs. Canon link.

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I've had my SR100 for about 2 years.

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It's gone through some jostling and a drop and I haven't had a problem. There is a safety feature on each that locks the read/write heads into a position when a drop occurs. This prevents the heads from scratching the disk and ruining the contents.

Yes, the flash camcorders are more durable.

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Camcorder Hard-Drives - Any Failures out there?

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Thanks Whiz - good feedback. You seem to be pretty experienced and exepert poster on these boards. I'm sure you're partial to your Sony but any thoughts on the Canon vs. the Sony? I'm sure you've covered this before - so perhaps you could point me to previous post?

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A few differences I see stand out...

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- Sony uses touchscreen while Canon doesn't. Purely preference on your part. Some see the LCD as too small for a touchscreen.
- Sony has an infrared sensor built in for night shooting. I don't use it much, but you might.
- Canon has a "true" 24p shooting mode. I've heard it's not very good though on the AVCHD camcorders, but usable.
- Canon sticks with SD memory cards which are much cheaper (and more widely used) than Sony's MemoryStick cards.
- Sony seems to prefer a more elongated design factor while Canon prefers the more compact, rectangular-shaped design. Again, another personal preference.

Best thing to do: Go to your local BestBuy or CircuitCity and test them out. See how they feel in your hands. Also, it would be good to check out all of your options while there in case you see something that looks good.

A few pointers when looking:

- Don't rely directly on megapixel numbers.
- Ignore digital zoom numbers.

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