I know the Canon is a bit old and wonder if they will be replacing it soon but from everything I read people say the video is stunning. Now the Sony has many reviews that are similar but most people say the Canon is far superior in low light.
But one of the significant differences is the Sony can shoot in 60P the Canon no.
Is shooting in 60P that much better? Should that make or break the deal?
Both cameras are still pretty expensive and the Sony has the projector which I really don't care about.
The Canon is supposed to be better in low light but I am going to be shooting a small concert so lighting should not be an issue.
Any help appreciated
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Thread: canon hf g10 vs Sony HDR-PJ710V
I use a Sony HDR-CX730E. Video in 50p (Europe!) looks a bit better than 50i, but not that much. And you have to know, that you cannot burn full HD 50/ 60p on a standard Bluray disk (only FHD 50/ 60i oder 720p50/ 60).
The video performance is very good, even in bad light conditions. But the biggest advantage of the Sony is the superb image stabilisation. I am filming video for about 15 years now and used many different camcorders (Canon, Panasonic, JVC and Sony), but I have never seen such a pretty image stabilisation before. Amazing!
If you are using a tripod, take the Canon. If you do not, take the Sony.
PS: Please excause my poor English.
The Canon will have much better image quality in low light. And the HF G10 offers lots of manual control, so if you want a semi pro camcorder, it is an ideal one.
The 50p will show its advantage while panning. I had the Canon HF M406, which is similar to the HF G10 somehow (at least I read this), and it disturbed me quite much, that as soon as I move the camcorder a little sideways, the image looses sharpness. Interestingly, my JVC GZ-HM500 camcorder kept sharpness while panning better, in spite of that it is also an 50i camcorder. But once the panning stops, the image became really sharp again in case of my Canon, too.
The Hf M406 had quite poor stabilizer. At least for me. My concern was that you had to switch between the dynamic and standard stabiliser, and it made recording complicated, while the Panasonic V700 does it automatically. The standard stabilizer of Canon is not enough when walking, the dynamic, on the other hand, makes odd movements when using it standing. This is a reason I sold my Canon. The Sony may havye a better stabilisation, but I didn't try it personally. Anyway, this stabilisation problem with Canon was also mentioned at camcorderinfo.com, when they tested the similar HF M52 type camcorder.
In spite of this I would still buy the HF G10. It has many exceptional features. I think it goes beyond the home video level in some aspect, while that Sony stays in the home video cathegory.
I recently purchased the Sony HDR-pj710v at BestBuy for $669 +tax. (floor model).
I'm a "Canon Man", but the G-series Vixia's are too popular right now, so you can't get a good price. The Canon G30 is a whopping $1699 !!!
The Sony pj710v has a lot of prosumer features like Full Manual Control, Zebras, and Focus Peaking. Also, 10X optical zoom, and full 1080p60 AVCHD recording.
There's a lot of bling like a pico projector and built in maps, so the "filmmakers" will poo-poo it as a toy. But if you can pick this camcorder up for a good price, you wouldn't be making a mistake.
If you're only interested in "Broadcast Quality", not remaking Ben Hur, then this camcorder can deliver it. Even if it's only used as a glovebox cam, in the event of witnessing something rare. If you get a shot of Kim K., naked, it can be SD B&W and you'll still make millions.
Shot with iPhone. I have a wide angle conversion from a 15 year old HandyCam. There's an adapter supplied by Sony free in the box.
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