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Sony SR12 VS CANON VIXIA HFS200, please help :)

Well I have 2 options:
Either a CANON VIXIA HFS200 at full retail price.
Or a Sony SR12 new from the box at $600!

I don't really care for the HDD or anything like that. I just want the best picture quality.

Can you guys help me decide?

Thanks!

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If you go by specs...

Lens filter diameter. Larger is better. More light allowed in.
SR12 = 37mm
S200 = 58mm - winner.

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Thanks

Well, I do plan on editing using either imovie or Final Cut Pro.
I have an:
imac 3.06 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo.
4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3.
ATI Radeon HD 4850.
So I think it can handle AVCHD files?

I have erased the Sony SR12 and now am deliberating between the Canon S21 and the Panasonic HDC-TM700..., I really like the Panny but I really also like the cinemode that cannon has.
I truly don't know what to do...

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Your iMac

configuration will be fine. I have used a Canon HF S100 with a similar configuration and Final Cut. If it is that difficult, just flip a coin between the two on your short list. The difference in video quality will be minimal.

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Assuming you use

Final Cut (assuming it is a version that can deal with AVCHD compressed files), just connect the camcorder to the computer with a USB cable, put the camcorder in Play/PC mode (if iPhoto automatically launches, quit that app - and adjust the auto-launch preferences in Image Capture), use Final Cut's "Log and Capture" selection (under "File") and pull in the video.

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