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Old     (ilovelake)      Join Date: Oct 2006       08-26-2007, 2:35 PM Reply   
I am looking to get an HD camcorder in the next few days and I was wondering if anyone could answer some of my questions or has any recommendations. I would like to get one with a hard drive so I don't have to mess with media, which pretty much narrows it down to the JVC GZ-HD7 and a few Sony models (without getting into the $3k+ pro models). I have been told that the JVC is the only one that shoots in 1080p as opposed to 1080, but their website isn't very clear about it, can anyone confirm that? It seems to me that would make a pretty significant difference in video quality, no? I think they both have a form of image stabilization built in but their respective websites say the JVC uses 1/5" CCD's and the Sonys use 1/3" CCD's, how much of a difference does that make? What software to people use to edit these videos? The Fry's website has the Sony HDR-SR7 on special right now for $1300 (reg. $1400), and my local Fry's has the JVC on special for 2 more days at $1450 (reg. $1700). If anyone has any experience with these cameras or any other input or recommendations at all I would love to hear it before dropping that kind of cash. Also if anyone knows of a good place to get waterproof enclosures for these things speak up. Thanks y'all.
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       08-26-2007, 8:43 PM Reply   
It's a 3 chip cam that uses pixel shift technology similar to the Panasonic hvx200 to uprez the native chip's output up to 1440X1080 which is then recorded as 1080i. It's using a proprietary JVC compression format that appears to have a better bit rate and quality then AVCHD, which is the typical format for HDD based camcorders but reviews say it doesn't provide the quality of HDV based units. Resolution wise it doesn't appear to be as good as the Canon HV10/20 which both use a single full raster 1920X1080 sensor. The biggest issue is still editing though, nothing for the Mac and only JVC's bundled windows based editor which could be very limiting depending on what you want to do.

Here's a good review on the unit:


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