Iím trying to select a camcorder for agency work (online magazine content Ė so we donít need professional quality video, although the quality needs to be good) and am hoping to get some suggestions.
Our budget is around £600 (for the camera Ė we allocated a stack more for batteries, cards, etc) and we had shortlisted the Sony SR11 and the Panasonic SD100 Ė and were heading for the latter. The SR11 suffers from poor battery life and, unfortunately, the card-version (the CX11?) doesnít have the options to run an external mic and headphones. In contrast the the SD100 seems to tick all of the usability functions (itís size is a big plus), but only appears to capture in full HD format and the option to capture directly to mpeg (or similar Ė for posting direct to the web, without editing) would be beneficial.
So if we need a card-based camcorder with good battery life, external accessories and the option to capture good video in a variety of formats, all for £600-ish, are there any other cameras we should looking atÖ The Canon HF100 looks like another option.
Any thoughts would be gratefully received.