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Sony SR5 vs Canon HG 10

I am looking to purchase an entry level high def, hard drive camcorder. I have read all I can find and have ended up at the Sony SR 5 and Canon HG 10. We will be using it for basic home movies only. Any feedback from existing owners of each beyond what is posted thus far?

Secondly, is buying one of these camcorders that use AVCHD not making a bet on Bluray vs HD DVD as I am under the impression that in order to view burned dvds (in high def) from a camcorder that records in AVCHD, you need a BluRay player? I looked at the JVC Everio since it does not use AVCHD, but the reviews seemed much more negative than those for the Sony and Canon.

Thanks for any feedback.

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AVCHD is merely a compression mechanism when the camcorder

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records in high def mode. Once you get it into you computer, it is decoded/decompressed. Then your video editing application re-codes it to whatever you select it to re-code to - and when you burn a DVD, it is whatever format you specify.

Compression means loss of data - that cannot be recovered. AVCHD compresses a LOT (Keep in mind that high definition video is ~4 times more information than standard definition video. An hour of AVCHD video on you camcorder will take up less space on the camcorder hard drive than an hour of standard definition video. That compression - throwing away data - will not be recovered in the decompression process.

Starting with the best available video for editing is a better way to go. Using AVCHD for compression as the LAST step (not the first step) is a better way to go. The Canon HV20 or Sony HDR-HC7 are both miniDV tape based machines that store using HDV (for high definition video) - not AVCHD - HDV compresses the video, but near as much as AVCHD does... However, if you are set on a hard drive based rig, the HG10 has gotten better reviews than the SR5.

See the ratings area at

JVC does not make the short list for reasons other than not using AVCHD (though that is definitely a big plus in their favor). Their camcorder electronics just don't stack up against Sony or Panasonic or Canon and colors aren't as vivd.

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Canon HG10 vs Sony SR5 solved... well sorta

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Ok I had the same problem so what better way than to buy both. First a little background on me. I

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thanks for the time spent

In reply to: Canon HG10 vs Sony SR5 solved... well sorta

I/m in the process of buying a first time camcorder and reviews like yours help a heck of a lot, thanks for taking the time. We need low light, sports shots, volleyball, soccer, softball, vacations, in a nut shell the SR-5 should be good right! Thanks

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Update on SR5 HV10

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SR-5 I think is a great choice there both good cameras. I wanted to comment and correct a comment I made. The SR-5 Does a slight up convert form 1.2 to 1.6 megapixels and the Canon does a downconvert from 2.1 to 1.6 from what I can tell. The artifacts I was seeing in the Canon I have to assume was from the conversion process. Also I didnt talk about stabalizeation. I the canon has optical and the sony has electronic. Normally I would say optical is the way to go but according to sony you dont loose any fidelity with there electronic stabalization and furthermore I actually found the SR5 and HV10 both great.

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mini dvd or this

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Sorry, for some reason I thought the Sr-5 was a mini-dvdtape, would it still be good to think about or should I only look at the min-DVd because of comppression and loss of quality

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MiniDV vs. AVCHD

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Mini DV you will get the highest quality I would recommend the HV20. In perfect lighting situation I see little or no difference using AVCHD codec. And in low light the difference is not that bad. I find HDD so convenient because I can edit on the fly well I?m (delete clips etc) on the road. It saves me so much time, plus the hassle of having so many tapes. The AVCHD has quite a bit of support now so you won?t have trouble finding editing software.

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Can you explain

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what "the hassle of having so many tapes" is? After I shoot and lock the tape and import to my computer, the tape goes in a case and is put in a fireproof, waterproof, lock-box. They aren't thrown around the house or otherwise unorganized...

What do you do with your archives?

I've imported hi-def video from two years ago that was not used the first time around because I have original tapes - my archive - was easily available.

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Tapes vs HDD

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I use a Network attatched storage of 1 terabyte. Nothing wrong with cassets, just a matter of pref. I have MiniDVs I just dont organize them Happy

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Good idea on the NAS...

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In my former life as an IT manager, they were just starting to come out. They are a good, fast way to do secondary storage - but as and electromechanical device, I would still back the hard drives up to digital tape. But since I have the digital tape to start with, it is not necessary.

And thank you for the clarification: "Nothing wrong with cassets, just a matter of pref." There really is no "hassle" with the tapes...

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confused still on format to get

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Are you recommending tapes or HDD which I think is Hard Disc Drive which is not a minDVtape right, all new to me, because my wife will be taking lots of indoor shots, show choir, band choir, volleyball, need something good in those areas too. I'm ready to stop looking, allso looked at JVC this morning, plus Cannon and Sony!

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Which format to buy

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Do not buy the JVC I have had extensive experience with JVC and they are not up to par. To be honest the difference between MiniDV and AVCHD IMHO is splitting hairs although I do agree that MiniDV is probably better for faster moving video and provides a slightly better picture. But to be honest you really have to have that caviar eye to notice it. I highly recommend HDD for consumers. Its really convienent. If your going to buy a MiniDV camcorder buy the Canon HV20 the choice is very clear when it comes to MiniDV. In fact for your application and if you love MiniDV this is the camcorder you should buy.

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HDD for consumers

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What do you recommend in HDD then?

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I personally like the Sony SR5 over the Canon HG10. But both of them are great cameras, you cant go wrong.

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