Looking to purchase an HD camcorder for short films, documentaries, nature scenes. I will also be purchasing an external mic and light source(s).
Naturally, I am feeling overwhelmed with the wealth of information and opinions out there.
What is the advantage/disadvantage of tape/mini-dv vs. sd cards?
I am smitten with the HV 40 's footage examples on youtube but something about tape seems outdated to me.
How does the HF S200 compare to the HV 40 besides storage format?
I've also seen positive reviews and excellent footage from the Panny tm700 but I see many complaints about fan noise in quiet environments. Would be curious to read your thoughts on how the Panny compares to the Canons.
Price range is $500-800 for the camera. Also, should I buy new or refurbished?
I appreciate your time.