the one big advantage the hv30/40 has over the hf10/0 is the viewfinder. im not sure how well the lcd is on canons in bright light, but it can be a hinderance. i also find it easier to steady the cam when pressing it against my face. also the hf only has a 2.7" lcd, with a lower pixel count
i think the only real difference you would see in image quality between the 2 would be any fast motion may cause some trouble for the avchd cams
i personally want to get into using flash memory for cams, but i hate the lack of viewfinders and i hate working with the avchd format since i dont want to buy a specialized editor
I'm looking to buy my first camcorder to capture video of my newborn son as well as many of the places i hike to, and I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of a few. I'm trying to decide between a canon vixia hf10/hf11 or a vixia hv30. Or possibly waiting for the just announced hv40 or hf s10/100. Or another brand/model that's recommended. I don't mind waiting.
Here is what I'm wanting:
Excellent image quality for the price (don't want to spend a fortune)
Small and lightweight
Great build (holds up and doesn't feel cheap)
Easy to transfer to a computer with little or no loss of quality for easy editing
I like the hv30/40 b/c of the ease of tapes, they're inexpensive, great for archiving, 24p native recording, and no quality loss when transferring. What don't like is the 60min of recording time, no ability to directly access recordings, the need for eventual cleaning and maintenance, and the slow 1:1 transfer to computer.
The hf10/11 seems great b/c solid state memory would be great for hiking (no moving parts) and the ability to expand it with a small sd card. Also, no mechanical noise and the size and weight are pluses. What I worry about is the avchd format it compresses the video to, as well as, the 60i recording it does then converts to a progessive signal. This all takes a hit on image quality, and have heard nightmare stories of things appear plastic looking when viewed on a HDTV. Not sure if it really happens or if the hit on quality is noticeable at all. I also know of the slow transfer/conversion process if u don't have the fastest computer on the planet. I plan to use my core 2 duo MacBook pro for editing. So, the 10-30 hr conversion times I seen are way excessive and make editing seem a monumentous task.
And that brings me to the just announced hf s10/100. Was wondering if the much larger sensor and bigger/better lens on it will be able to overcome the loss of compression to the avchd format? And possibly compare to the minidv recording quality? I like the 8.59mp sensor for still images but not really a priority, I already have a canon 40d dslr for photo taking.
Any suggestions would be helpful, given my needs. Thanks!