I am struggling to decide between the Panasonic TM/HS-900 and the Canon Vixia HF G10. The camera will be use for family movies and ocasional very low budget documentaries and some work like live theater recording and industrial video.
The G10 is said to have outstanding low light capabilities, which is a real plus for shooting indoor with ambient light for home movies and documentaries, but the G10 is USD 400 more than the TM900.
People that have tried both confirm that the G10 is "significantly" better in low light. I wonder to what degree this is noticiable and worth the USD400 of difference now (with this difference I could buy the accesories for the TM900 like wide-angle lens, long lasting battery and even an external mic).
Also, the TM900 has manual zoom ring which is a plus for the type of work I do, where I need precise zoomming (I hate zoom rockets!).
Moreover, the HDD-based HS900 is cheaper than the solid-state TM900, which is also tempting.