I'm trying to make the best with what I have and can afford. I'm using an HDC-SD9 that still retails for about $700. I was thinking on replacing my second angle camera with an AVCHD camera seeing how the prices have come down, I could get something like a HDC-SD60 for $375! But is it worth it.... I'm assuming the video quality has gotten better in the 2 years since the SD9 with the SD60? My SD9 however has poor low light quality and the color is not very good (very correctable with Sony Vegas color curves) I'm noticing other differences though even if the SD60 does have better video, it hasn't gotten any smaller, it does not have surround sound audio recording, does not have the removable LEICA lens which I can use hoods, fisheyes, etc... but some of these lower end AVCHD cameras have a microphone input jack which my SD9 does not and would be really helpful.
So I have come to the conclusion that to improve my shots I will instead invest in some lens's. I think a wide angle lens could be useful because sometime I make "film looking" videos with an anamorphic crop (2.39:1) so I loose around half my video with the cropping that I could get back horizontally with a wide angle lens. Are these any good?
Optics 0.45x (0.5x) High Definition, Super Wide Angle Lens For Panasonic HDC-SD9 - $69.00
Also if I'm using my homemade glidecam/steadicam walking down a hallway or something, I think a fisheye would be useful, but not a high powered fisheye I don't want it to look like a skateboard video. I think high powered fisheye's are better for a deticated camera on something close or a limited number of shots. Are these any good?
Amazon.com: Opteka Platinum Series 0.3X HD Ultra Fisheye Lens for Panasonic PV GS90, GS320, GS85, GS83, GS80, HDC HS100, SD100, SD9, HS9, SX5, & SD5 Digital Video Camcorders: Electronics