Hi. I am buying my first professional HD camera. So far I have been testing the waters with a Canon Vixia HF200, but now I need something with full manual controls. I am using Final Cut Pro 7 for editing.
So far my choices are:
Of these, the former two are tape based while the latter two are card based. I have been advised to use tape as it is better for learning and backups. I have been using AVCHD transcoded to ProRes 422 and it works very well with FCP. I review all my shots through log and transfer and don't just blindly copy them over, so I am okay there. I also have a good backup system.
So, which one should I get? My personal bias is towards the Panasonic, and there is a nice kit deal on B&H right now. Any advice/comment is much appreciated.