Hi guys, here’s the thing. A while ago, I’d more or less decided to buy the Canon HF 100.
Then I added the cost of a Bluray burner for my desktop, Studio 12 Ultimate and a Bluray player for the 32” HD ready telly. That lot comes to about a grand, which the wife won’t let me spend (wants to save for a new kitchen, sigh).
Anyway, as my ageing JVC GRDVL 157 (a supposed “near broadcast quality model) has a non functioning eye piece view finder I still need a new camcorder as the LCD screen on the JVC is almost unusable in broad day light.
I’m considering the el-cheapo Canon FS 100 (as a sort of stop-gap) but am concerned about the performance in less than ideal lighting.
The question is this, is it any worse than my 7 year old technology JVC (£650 worth then), or have things moved on that much since then.
Also, there is one feature of the JVC that I tend to use a lot. Whilst filming there is a “snapshot” mode which allows the user to take a still photo on the fly. This is rendered like a freeze frame with sound being un-interrupted. After a few seconds the still fades out and normal recording resumes. Does the Canon FS 100 have anything similar or do you have to stop recording, change modes, take the still and then change back again. My brother in-law had one like this which made the stills option a waste of time (video stills aren’t up to much anyway).
I had considered one of the “fun-size” Panasonics but I’m hoping the Canon will have better optics even though it has a similar sized sensor.
Any advice that helps me get off the fence would be very much appreciated (esp. as my hol’s are loomingJ)