I just obtained a HV40, along with the telephoto lense that Canon makes, an AZDEN SMX10 mic, and a reasonable EI-717AT tripod (really a high end cheapie, but it's quite nice considering the price) and a ND filter lense. I come from a pro-video background, working in commercial video about 6 years ago. It's a servicable little workhorse, especially for a consumer camera - I never thought I'd be able to cope with a consumer camera again, so it's nice to know that I can get great results out of something that's actually affordable.
So, I present you cats with a few questions I didn't appear to be able to get answered anywhere else on the boards (I may not be digging hard enough, much apologies.):
Firstly, is there a way of getting 2 channel sound on this little guy without splitting two audio devices on a stereo channel into seperate channels?
Second, what are the main differences between the HV20/30s and the HV40?
Thirdly, are custom firmwares available for the HV40? I'd like to be able to lock the gain and flip the display, if I in the future get one of them nifty DOP adapters.
Finally, how much difference will you get with streaming through the HDMI channel vs just recording on a miniDV tape, quality wise?
Cheers to all. This seems like a great community - and I can't wait to get stuck into some filmmaking, just like I wanted to originally at the tender young age of 17.