Seeking some information.
I have a $170 Fuji-film FinePix F505 camera that does nice enough pictures and supposedly 1080 videos but when I compare the videos to my dad's HV20 camera; the quality down right sucks in comparison; among other quality issues, etc.
I've used the HV20 before to take a 20-30 minute video before which ended up being about 25gb or so of raw data; and somehow with a free program I down-sampled it and the audio quality. For my purposes I found this whole process a bit cumbersome and given the number of videos I want to do I would run out of HD space.
I want to make personal videos for my blog, and professional high quality informational videos for products that I sell on my e-commerce site, and also post them to youtube.
I want to keep the absolute highest possible 1080 or higher quality that I can like the HV20/30/40 without spending hours using multiple software programs to format the videos; but I want a format so that I can edit, cut, and splice the videos as well.
Also, I don't have a ton of money. Amazon has the HV40 right now for $699 without the extra lenses and goodies I think...that's probably the maximum that I could dish out. Should I go for the HV40? or should I get a different or more modern model?
Ideally pop would lend me the camera or give it to me but I don't foresee that happening any time soon.
Thanks in advance for your advice and comments.