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December 14, 2009 at 3:15 AM #40541
This is a continuation from a different post on another
aspect of camcorder decisions. My wife
and I are on a quest to purchase our first camcorder. We have narrowed our
choices down to higher end consumer cameras in the $1000 range.
Internal Flash Drive, stabilization, good low light
performance, manual controls available and defiantly access to an independent manual
focus like a sight ring (not having to use the menu) are important to us.
We are very interested in low light performance because want
to shoot some of the dances we attend. Often enough the lighting at a dance can
be in the bar room range. We are not as
interested in accurate color at that light level as we are in just being able
to obtain the footage with reasonable clarity.
The ratings almost seem arbitrary and even some of the
professional comparisons seem vague. We
are looking at the Canon HFS10 and Panasonic HDC-TM300. The Cannon seems to have everything we need and
is a few hundred dollars less. However a review at Camcorderinfo.com states
that the low light performance better in the Panni. From a review with a comparison of the Panasonic
HDC-TM300 to a Canon HFS100 which as far as I can tell has the same low light
performance as the HFS10
Low Light Sensitivity:
In Auto Gain
HDC-TM300 9 Lux
HFS100 16 Lux
Which seems fairly significant as far as numbers go.
In 24P Mode
HDC-TM300 8 Lux
HFS100 6 Lux
If all other factors were equal should these numbers steer
me to the HDC-TM300?
Having not really studied the pros and cons of the 24P
mode (I will though) I dont know if I would want to use it over other modes
for filming people grooving in the dark.
Any insight on the will be useful as well.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
December 14, 2009 at 2:40 PM #173934XTR-91Participant
The Canon HF-S10 is a great, powerful camcorder for recording High-Definition, and the broad assortment of auto/manual controls makes it a great ‘entry-level pro’ camcorder. If you’ve got your mind set on low-light performance, the HF-S10 may show some flattering performance, but it won’t bowl you over. From the looks of it, the Panasonic HDC-TM300 performs better in low light. Have you also considered the Canon HV30? The low light performance is slightly better, and you’ll probably find it online for even cheaper.
December 14, 2009 at 11:29 PM #173935
Thanks XTR-91, the HV30 does look like a good choice. However, I’m not so sure about a tape based system. Its interesting that the upgrades to the Canon line include a “reduction” in sensitivity. Maybe tape isn’t so bad but it does seem like a step back to me.
December 15, 2009 at 2:51 AM #173936XTR-91Participant
At this point, I would just make the jump for the Panasonic HDC-TM300. The Pansonic records at the AVCHD format, however, which is ponderous to edit with unless you have good (and efficient running) editing software along with a Dual Core or AMD Athlon processor. If you want to stay away from AVCHD (and also tapes), then I’dtake a look atthe JVC GZ-MG505(produces outstandingcolors)or the JVC GZ-MG555– both of theseare standard definition camcorders.
December 21, 2009 at 2:27 PM #173937
Just wanted you to know we decided to go with the HDC-TM300. Thanks for your help.
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