Please could owners of Sony HDD Camcorders give me the benefit of their experience.
I am about to buy a digi-camcorder and have opted for a HDD version and hence either a Sony or JVC. Read all the reviews especially those on this site but despite all the info I need some hands on opinions and not a dry tech review.
I need a camcorder for the following reasons:
1. To record frequent bouts of travelling home and abroad where I will film a lot of scenery (mountains and stuff) and 'life' (gondolas in venice, animals in a zoo, girlfriend and me in front of famous places).
2. Occasional family events in doors mainly - normal indoor lighting (family dinners, embarassing people by filming them - that kind of thing)
3. The odd portrait or talking to camera indoors or out to send to friends or family when away.
Therefore the way I see it I need a decent size memory capacity (ie a 30gb+ hd) so that I can store several days worth of footage at a time, decent battery life and decent video and sound quality both indoors and out.
So please bearing in mind my camera's proposed uses and the fact that I am not overly fussy - I want the footage to be clear and watchable on a widescreen tv or laptop via DVD or cables - what do you guys think?
I keep getting my decisions turned around, first the JVC MG77 then due to quality issues the SR90 then due to size issues the SR70 (compactness, ease of use and low weight for my girlfriend to use and that 60gb of space for a 1-2 month long trip which is at least a once a year thing for us) - thing that keeps putting me off is the quality in differing light.
The MG77 has a wind cutter - very important!
The MG77 and SR70 are compact and light - I've played with both and size is perfect.
The SR90 is a little over budget and I think slightly bigger & heavier than my perfect size choices above.
Everything says Sony but I have a few misgivings...
Is the SR70's quality good enough? Its probably my preferred choice but like I said I want fairly decent footage indoors and out with wind noise not too intrusive. Does the LCD perform well enough out to not miss a viewfinder?
Do the Sony's have wind cut or if not has outside wind been not much of a problem in your footage outdoors?
Does the SR90 mic on top do a good job and not pick up the movement of nearby hands and fingers?
PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME MAKE A GOOD CHOICE.
I'd really appreciate the advice that you can give and am sure this will help others make a good choice. Sorry for the rather long message!