id go with the canon for the better low light performance. the zoom is a bit shorter, but it wont be that noticeable. id be shocked if any of those cams cant shoot in 16:9, i think you misread the specs
the advantage the sony has is that it shoots directly into a editable format like you said. the process of converting the canon files is simple, but some people do still have trouble with it
it also may make a difference if you have a mac
I'm planning to buy a camcorder and currently my choice is between Canon FS200, Sony DCR-SX33 and Sony DCR-SX53. I will use the camcorder mostly for leisure, holiday, and music (singing, dance, performance).
The two Sony's seems similar as far as I can see, both can also use SD card. The difference that I've noticed is that sx33 has no harddisk and can't record at 16:9 size (unless I'm mistaken?), while sx53 has 16Gb harddisk. Canon can play at 16:9, but has smaller optical zoom than Sony and the file type is not a common one (can't be use to put it on cd)? It's also older edition than the Sonys
Which one of the three is better? I would like to have one that has good video(picture) and sound quality, also under low lighting condition. And it would be nice if I can capture people or things that stand far for me.
Is the small zoom of FS200 a disadvantage to record the things that I want? What's the difference between 4:3 and 16:9 screen (does it matter much)? Which one is more user-friendly?