It's been a bit of a windfall month. Most of the musical instruments I've had up for sell since August got bought this month. So I should be able to get my camcorder soon. (or pay off my car, or get some dental work done). But I'm still a bit torn as to what to get.
I like the HV30. Footage from it seems good, and the features seem hard to match. Focus wheel, Zebra, HD webcam? But I'm not sure if that justifies the extra cost of adding a firewire card and tapes to my inventory of stuff. At the moment the HV30 and HG20 are the same price at WalMart.com ($650-ish). My mom works there so I can get 10% off and ship to store free, no taxes since bought online, and all that jazz. Or should I just wait for the HF12/HV40, or whatever the next generation has to offer?
I want Zebra
I want 60i (would prefer true 30p or even 60p)
I want 1920x1080 FullHD
I want focus wheel (if only for effects)
I want webcam (although I can get that via s-video / vcr / capture card too)
I want a great low / no grain image and great low light performance
I want high resolution stills
I want a digital storage workflow
I want loads of zoom
IF I must have AVCHD, I want the 24Mbps or better version.
Since no one cam currently has all of that (for under $1K), I'm hesitant to spend top dollar on a compromise. Should I plunge now on the after christmas specials. Or wait for the next crop of consumer cams? I was sort of sold on the HV30 until I saw that the HG20 had dropped to the same price point.
Target budget $600 (total package), but willing to go to $1,200 for the right cam. Or just wait and wait for scarlet, which is still a little out of my budget, and I'll need something months/years before it's available.