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Old Dec 27, 2007, 5:28 PM   #1
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Hello,

Right b4 I take the plunge for the 700, I wanted to know whether the HD2 is better. My main concern is video quality and low light quality. So for users with experince with both camera's, which would you say perform better as far as video quality is concern?Cause right now both prices are very similar on ebay.

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Old Dec 28, 2007, 2:59 AM   #2
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Am I typing something wrong or am I asking for too much? No one ever reply to my posts here!
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Old Dec 28, 2007, 4:17 AM   #3
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Sorry cant help you as I dont own either but I would imagine the HD700 is better. Maybe the HD700 thread may have info that might help.
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Old Dec 29, 2007, 11:36 AM   #4
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If you search around you should find some answers. There's advanatage and disadvantages to both. I have a HD700 but like the HD2 as well. Features on the HD2 I like are the 10x lens and ease of add-on lenses. I think you can record with the HD2 with the LCD closed, don't count on my guess though, research it if it's something you need (skydiving, snowboarding, etc.).

The HD700 is a bit smaller so more pocketable (biggie for me), has a larger LCD, better video compression, and if the LCD is closed but facing out you can record on it. Plus, it was almost 1/2 the price of the HD2 for a while.

In low light they're probably about the same with the f3.5 lens.

This is a decent site to explore the features of both to help you decide:

HD2: http://www.sanyo-dsc.com/english/pro...hd2/index.html
HD700: http://www.sanyo-dsc.com/english/pro...700/index.html

I don't think you'd be unhappy with either.
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Old Dec 29, 2007, 1:03 PM   #5
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While I don't own a HD2, I don't ever remember reading in reviews that it had trouble with barrel distortion to the extent the HD700 does in still image mode. If you use it mainly for video which is what I got it for, then it may not bother you. I am not happy about the still image mode, but as I got it for $299 and mainly intended to use it for video, I decided to overlook that shortcoming.

I guess it all depends on what price you can get either one for. Just read the reviews, note down any similarities and differences and then, all other things being equal, there will be a feature or two that will swing it for you.

Of course if the price is right, as it was recently with the HD700, then you may be willing to forgive any shortcomings as I and others did.
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Old Dec 29, 2007, 1:33 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the great replies. Between the time I have started that thread, I have watched some vids from teh HD2 and I tought they looked very soft (compression in action,) too soft to be completely real life almost. The HD700 on the other hand, the vids look somewhat normal. I guess maybe they use different compression. Any hoot, I'm sold on the HD700, I wanted to know what is meant by "barrel distortion" with the image mode?

I have a digital rebel so I doubt I'll ever need this for taking pictures. But I would still like to know what the distortion is.

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Barrel distortion is when you see things like telephone poles that are slightly bent. My HD700 has this problem and I've seen it happen in a few photos . I have Paint Shop Pro that easily corrects it.
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Old Dec 29, 2007, 11:32 PM   #8
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helriser wrote:
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Thanks for all the great replies. Between the time I have started that thread, I have watched some vids from teh HD2 and I tought they looked very soft (compression in action,) too soft to be completely real life almost. The HD700 on the other hand, the vids look somewhat normal. I guess maybe they use different compression. Any hoot, I'm sold on the HD700, I wanted to know what is meant by "barrel distortion" with the image mode?

I have a digital rebel so I doubt I'll ever need this for taking pictures. But I would still like to know what the distortion is.

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Here is a test shot I took that shows it well:

http://www.pbase.com/rgv523/image/89651077

In video mode, it's hardly noticeable.

Sort of reminds me of one of those Science fiction movies where everything is about to be sucked into a miniature black hole!
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Old Dec 30, 2007, 7:24 PM   #9
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Barrel distortion happens to one extent or another will pretty much all longer zoom lenses. The easiest way to fit it is to avoid it. If you're taking a shot where the verticals (poles, sides of boxes, etc.) have to be straight, then zoom in a bit and back up before taking the shot. Most image editing apps have fixes for barrel distortion and if you search you can find free apps that will work as well.

The barrel distortion doesn't bother me (I can fix it if it does). I like the distortion you can get with wide angle lenses as it can be a cool creative effect; like getting real close with a fisheye lens for the door knob relection or fishbowl look.
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I'm in the same situation now. I'm leaning towards the HD700 as I had a DSLR but want a nice camcorder for holidays and simply shots.

what did you get in the end?
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