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Panasonic SDR-H18 vs. SDR-200 Hard drive Camcorder?

Hi - We're a first-time buyer who wants a hard drive model (not a high-def since we're novices). We'll just be using it for routine recording of holidays, birthdays, family vacations and our little boy growing up. We've narrowed it down to two contenders:

1) Panasonic SDR-H18 which is a Consumer Reports "Best Buy"

2) Panasonic SDR-H200 which is the next step up

The SDR-H200 costs around $150 more than the SDR-H18. The main difference seems to be that it has a higher resolution with 3CCR imaging technology.

My question is: practically speaking, is this resolution difference important enough (for users such as us) to warrant stepping up to the SDR-H200? We basically want an easy-to-use camcorder with average-to-good picture quality in various settings (such as low-light) and the ability to easily burn DVDs without much configuring. I don't mind stepping up to the H200, I'd just like to know that novices such as us could even tell the difference between those two models.

Thank you for the advice!
Gary Black


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