HDD and flash memory compression (AVCHD for hidef; MPEG 2 for standard def) should be the same. Which is lots.
You are missing one other item - manual audio control. Personally, I'd recommend the Canon HV30 or Sony HDR-HC9 for a consumer camcorder - they are miniDV tape based and require you computer to have a firewire 400 port port for DV and HDV import. DV and HDV format digital video are the least compression of the currently available consumer storage media - and as has been posted here previously, I won't repeat the myriad other advantages of miniDV tape vs other storage media.
Hi everyone, had an sr8 for about a year and has been working well (apart from the horrible 5.1 internal mic, i now use a Rode SVM external mic which is great).
The problem is, when filming my sons rock band, on the last few occasions I keep getting the message DATA ERROR and the camera reverts back to standby mode. Now I know this is prob because of hard drive vibration, ( i did buy a pro duo mem stick in the hope that would solve the problem by recording to the stick rather than the hard drive, but in their wisdom you cant record video to the mem stick, only photos, grrrrrrr sony.)
So my questions are....
Is there anything i can do to fix/make better my sr8? (i have tried turning off the drop protection, had no effect )
If i bail on this cam and go for another, what should i get? Must have external mic input, and no hard drive i suppose.
The Sony cx7 or cx10 run only on a mem stick but ive read many forums saying that because they compress the data onto the stick it is poor quality, how bad is it? Most of my recordings on the sr8 have been done in hi quality SD which is fine for my use. Hi def is good to have for family moments but not really needed for the rockband stuff.
I dont know, really disapointed, i dont mind paying for something if its going to do what i want it to do but these camcorders are doing my head in. please help.