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Old May 8, 2008, 12:10 PM   #1
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Hi,

I'm a newbie ..not a camera professional...I'm looking to buy a good HD camcorder.
Could you please tell me which one I should go with hD1000 or SD9.

I did search on internet, but couldn't find good article regarding image/picture quality.
I know portability wise HD1000 is better , but need some expert opinion before pulling the plug as I'll keeping the camera for nect 5y years or so as it is minimum $600.

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Old May 8, 2008, 12:39 PM   #2
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Here's a review of the SD-9:

http://www.*********/content/Panason...view-34650.htm


OK, seems it's blocking the link. Replace the stars with camcorderinfo(dot)com


It seems they say the SD-1 had better video performance even though it's an earlier model. They show some pictures that detail the difference.



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Old May 8, 2008, 6:41 PM   #3
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Thanks Ray !

I read that review but what I'm looking for is the difference between HD1000 and SD9 by someone who has used or seen both cameras in action.
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Here's a review of the SD-9:

http://www.*********/content/Panason...view-34650.htm


OK, seems it's blocking the link. Replace the stars with camcorderinfo(dot)com


It seems they say the SD-1 had better video performance even though it's an earlier model. They show some pictures that detail the difference.



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I noticed that myself whenever I tried to put in a link to camcorderinfo(dot)com. I wonder why.
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Old May 9, 2008, 7:17 PM   #5
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Probably because it's a competitor site. To be honest though, I actually feel camcorderinfo is a biased review site. The reviewer(s) seem to favor Canon products and always seem toput them one step higher on the pedestal. I've been a big fan of Canon's digital cameras and such for a long time but I believe in fair reviews regardless. Reading their reviews on Canon products I get this feeling like they always think higher of Canon. But, that's just my feeling... no factual basis behind that of course.



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Old May 14, 2008, 11:10 PM   #6
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Probably because it's a competitor site. To be honest though, I actually feel camcorderinfo is a biased review site. The reviewer(s) seem to favor Canon products and always seem toput them one step higher on the pedestal. I've been a big fan of Canon's digital cameras and such for a long time but I believe in fair reviews regardless. Reading their reviews on Canon products I get this feeling like they always think higher of Canon. But, that's just my feeling... no factual basis behind that of course.



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Well they're not really a direct competitor as they are solely a camcorder site whereas steves-digicams is about digital cameras and rarely reviews camcorders and even then it's mainly because they have proper still image ability like the Sanyos.

I do agree with you about them being biased but for a different reason. Just read their reviews and comments about solid state cameras such as the Sanyos and Aipteks etc. They really do have a low opinion of them. Just look at this comment in the review of the HD2: 'And at the rate prices are dropping, you can find an HD2 online for about $100 more than an HD1. It's up to you to decide between a really bad or just bad camcorder.' I mean come on, they are nowhere near that bad. I have seen stunning footage from the HD1. Of course when compared with the Canon TX1, you're right they favored the Canon of course.
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For years I have wanted the perfect hybrid digital camera and camcorder in one. To this point it seems you either have to pick a camera that takes crappy video or a camcorder that takes crappy pictures.

I think the lines are slowly coming closer. I think the HD1000 is the best hybrid device I have seen (like the HD1/2 before). But while the HD1000 still seems to be a camera first that tries to do better video I think the panasonic is still a camcorder that ?tries to do better photos.

So, I think you have to pick your priorities and go from there...
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Some days ago a guy tagged a clip of mine on vimeo - http://www.vimeo.com/909008 - with pana sd5, maybe he found it good for a comparison and maybe it`s helpfull for you too (search with sd9 on vimeo for pana clips).
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Some days ago a guy tagged a clip of mine on vimeo - http://www.vimeo.com/909008 - with pana sd5, maybe he found it good for a comparison and maybe it`s helpfull for you too (search with sd9 on vimeo for pana clips).
Very nice video.
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