but you should be aware that the Panasonic web site specifically says, "The supplied software is not compatible with Macintosh Operating Systems." SInce iMovie is built in, this would normally not necessaily mean much, however, this does not mean the video you capture will not work with you iMac - but you will need, most likely, the same intermediate software the Sony hard drive cameras which record to MPEG2 need... like streamclip or some other "translator".
You may want to read through:
You seem convinced that a hard drive based camcorder is your only option. Why is that? If you want best video quality and "unlimited" video capture, miniDV tape is the better option. This would be the case whether Windows or Macintosh environment... I use a G5 flatpanel running OSX 10.4.10 to edit 1080i high-definition from a Sony HDR-HC1 to miniDV tape - if that makes any difference...
Hi, I am looking for a Hard disk drive camcorder to do basic video of home movie projects(vacations, kids sports, etc...). I can't really see any time that i would be using an external mic or other attachments. I will be burning to an imac and using imovie for editing and burning to dvd's. My budget was in the $400-$500 range but that is not set in stone. The model that I am looking at is the Panasonic SDR-H200.
I was looking for some input on this model or if there is a similar product that you can recommend that would be great.