" Don't pay any attention to still functionality though and ensure it records to Mini DV at full 1080i res."
Technically no HDV camcorders do, as the HDV format is recorded in 4:3 then scaled to 16:9 upon playback.
In my opinion: If you intend on doing some semi-pro work ever but still want a camera that wouldn't look out of place in a holiday resort then the Sony HC1 is an ok choice, or the slightly more stylish (Although less usable) HC3. As the sony HDV handycams have the Ai shoes for External Mics/lights/flash guns and plenty of attatchable lenses and filters.
The Canon is nice, as it offers 60/50Hz, a feature that is ignored on the majority of Sony Cameras, regardless of 'class'. However i feel the zoom control on most Canon camcorders is pants and in a stupid location.
Last edited by Best_OutRunner; 02-02-2007 at 12:30 PM.
It's not about what camera you use or how much it cost.
It's about what you shoot,
how you shot it,
and how you edit it :P