I do a lot of country walking (Lake District), mostly solo, but on the rare occasion with a friend or friends. In the past I have always captured the excursions using a 'still' camera, but have now decided to make the move across to 'high-definition' video capturing, and to add a lot more creativity and dynamism to my memories.
My request for help and advice rests on two questions: a) Which Panasonic model would serve me best, basing the criteria on the shrewdness of expense, video quality overcoming motion blur, audio recording (stereo v 5.1) against models TM60 or TM700? Do I need the extra expense to be outlayed for the TM700 for what I want to do, or will the TM60 serve just as well (the difference in price is a few hundred quid)?
b) what's the better software editing suite for high-definition format?
The research I have done, particularly on camera models has been both enlightening and frustrating. I don't want to spend a large amount of money on a camera with features I will rarely use, but at the same time, I don't want to be overly bereft of necessary ones.
I had opted for the TM300, but this has now been withdrawn due to the TM700 coming out. I don't buy off the internet, as I prefer to go into a store and handle the product to gain a sense of its handling...afterall, it is a camera I am buying. Yet, even in the local Panasonic store, the models I would like to have previewed were not in store, and to be honest, the salesperson treat me with a suspicion of being just another 'faffer', so I won't be going back there...I have two weeks to decide.
Video editing presents its own problems, specifically regarding computing power for AVCHD editing. I have read that it can take a long time to process one's video captures. Is there a particular suite that has been tried and is trusted above others?