Hi. I'm thinking of buying a HDD Camcorder & have spent endless hours looking at the 100's that are currently available!! I've sort of managed to narrow it down to 3 models that seem good value for money. They are:
i) Sony DCR-SR52
ii) Sony DCR-SR72
iii) JVC Everio GZ-MG275EK
They are all in the same sort of price range of £350-£400 but I'm leaning towards getting the JVC as it has a 2.07MP CCD, which is roughly twice the resolution of both the Sonys. It only has a 10x optical zoom though, whereas the Sonys both offer 25x. Is 10x zoom detrimental, bearing in mind that I'm not going to be doing anything fancy with it or try to film the next hollywood blockbuster!!??
Can anyone confirm that this is a reasonably good choice for the money or are there better models available for the money?
Also, I have been told to steer clear of HDD Camcorders, due to the image being compressed quite heavily whilst writing to the drive, and that I should opt for miniDV instead. Surely there will be little (or no) compression when recording at the highest settings (approx bitrate 8.5MBs 9hrs~40GB). Can anyone clarify this issue for me?