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When I refer to SD/HD, I am referring to”Standard Definition” and “High Definition.” Sorry for the confusion. As I have said before, visually AVCHD might look fine, and might also certainly do what you want, but for many professional applications it is way more compressed than HDV.
With the last several comparisons and reviews I have read regarding the sub-$1k price HD/AVCHD cams, none has ranked overall higher or better than the HV30 – based on whatever comparisons those generating the reviews have made. That, and what I read and hear from people in the industry using this model, is a pretty strong endorsement IMHO.