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I used a DVX 100B for a couple of years and I’m switching over to Canon. I was very impressed by what I have read, what others have written and the HD videos I have seen from the Canon HFS-100. I want to go HD at this point and this camera is probably the best you can get under $6,500 or so a Sony EX-1 would cost you. Compact, full of features, great lens, and huge chip for a camera this size. From what I understand, professionals are starting to look at this camera for B-roll. The big advantage for this camerais the tapeless workflow – uses a codec (data compression scheme) which allows you to use relatively inexpensive SDHC cards. Since the workflow is tapeless the camera essentially has no moving parts – no tape transport mechanism, etc. Higher quality, no moving parts equals a much more reliable, longer lasting, robust piece of equipment.
Best way to understand progressive (p) vs interlaced (i) is only half of the resolution (effective pixels) are avaiable for viewing in interlaced processing at any single point in time. So the real resolution of 1080i would be 540 lines of resolution. Progressive processing allows full resolution so the true resolution of 1080p would be 1080 pixels. 720p actually would have higher resolution than 1080i.
Modern HD sets all process in progressive mode. To take advantage of resolution available for modern HD televisions you want to use the highest resolution possible for viewing – 1080p. If you plan to use your footage for analogue TV at 480i (240lines of resolution) then stock at higher resolution, although higher in quality, would not necesarily make that much of a difference.