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Canon Vixia HFS 100HD vs Sony HDR CX350V Decision Time

In the mkt. for my first camcorder, have read reviews etc.; but the Sony is new on the mkt. with no reviews to date.

Like the touch screen, gps and size etc. on the Sony. Also, will be downloading direct to HDTV or PC.

Will be used on vacations, landscape shots and some indoor.

Would appreciate feedback from those of you that at one time were in my shoes and have mastered the camcorder experience.

Am an "average" learner; therefore with the proper manual I should have no problem.


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Canon HFS 100

I just got it! Very nice camcorder. looks good on my HDTV.
I Don't like the bundled software. It took several hours to upload the video from Camcorder to PC & burn an AVCHD DVD. Think I will have to buy a new PC with faster chip. Good Luck.

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Canon HFS 100

Just to be sure, did you buy the Sony or the Canon?


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I got the Canon HFS 100. Price is down under $700 now. It has a bunch of cool features I'll never use but Some I will so I went for the better model (over the HF200) I've used nothing but SONY camcorders since 1993. I can't say anything bad about SONY however after spending days reading on line reviews I ended up with Canon.

My problem now .. I must buy a new computer. My current PC takes hours to convert and render the data from the camcorder's original codec, I believe its M2TS or MPEG-4 into AVCHD so that our Blu-Ray can read it. My word of caution to all those who have a computer with less than Core 2 duo, buy that new AVCHD camcorder & expect to buy a new computer along with it.

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Canon - Core 2 duo

Thanks for the clarification and the Core 2 info. My Dell Dimension 4550 is 7 years old and has a Pentium 4 Processor at 2.66GHZ. Would you say I'm definitely a candidate for a new PC?
Does the Canon transfer video direct to the HDTV via HDMI?

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you can play straight from the camcorder to the tv with hdmi

your computer will definitely not play the video. editing it would take forever

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the m2ts is avchd

the m2ts is avchd. if all youre doing is burning to dvd (not editing) check out the canon DW-100. as i understand it, it connects directly to your camcorder. if youre burning bluray, i do think you still need a computer

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Burning straight to DVD

Thanks for the info Chickenorfish. I've read up on that Canon DVD burner. Looks like a good option. Some times I need to separate video clips & Edit. .... ALSO need a new PC. This is a good reason to get one. I'd love to get teh new Intel i7 I'll bet that would kick AVCHD butt. The i7 is still serious $$. Not sure if I need that horsepower or maybe an i3 or i5 would work. Any idea?

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i5 or i7 would be super fast

well i have the older model q6600 quad core and it handles avchd just fine. so i would bet i5 or i7 would be super fast

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