I can not wait any longer for camcorderinfo.com review, as I will be in hollidays in 18 days for my 7 weeks Australian trip.
Why Did I choose the SR8?
- Size factor and hard disk, 100GB is luxus, I agree 60GB (SR7) would have done the job...
- I have a PS3 so HD playback on a 4 meters screens is not an issue
- PC playback is also not an issue, even on moderated single core cpu, if you use the right codec (coreAVCHD or Elecard converter)
- Sony Vegas 8.0 is the best editor, I was able to cut and move part of video without efforts/reading a tutorial.
- The Sony docking station is great for keeping cable in place. (canon HG 10 has none)
- QUALITY of fabrication, handling compared to Canon HG10
- Not reviewed yet by CamcorderInfo (even if camcorder is since 4 months available) but I suspect that It will blow th HG10, Ive seen a too many Canon Ads recently on CCinfo...hum
Some words about
Batteries: NP-FH70 (134CHF) is in the same size as NP-FH60 (99CHF), but has a 1800mA capacity versus 1000mA of NP-FH60. They both are 33mm 'long'. But the NP-FH100 (190CHF) is 55mm long, with about 3980mA battery power.
Bandwidth: The Sony SR8 record at max 15 Mbps, AVCHD being able to go as far as 24Mbps, (no camcorder on the market is able to sustain that bandwidth). More bandwidth, means less compression. Less compression means fewer artifacts, less fast motion jumpiness and higher resolutions of video with less 'graininess'..
Low Light: I will put as soon as I have it, some videos, mainly Zurich by night :-), indoor shootings, so You can all decide yourself it the SR7/SR8 is worth the money.. Some people have noticed that the camera raises the exposure levels up to 100% when you're doing a low light recording. This adds of course some grain to the footage. To prevent this, switch the scene-modus from Auto to one of the low light scene-modi: sunset, candlelight, fireworks. The image gets a bit darker, but the grain is gone. I've already tried my Canon G9 in low light condition, and the result is also not ideal. Remember this is a consumer camcorder well below pro size and prize!
You can also press the button next to the lens a bit longer, and set the dial to Exposure, and lower the exposure a bit by rolling the dial downwards.
SR7: The SR7 is a nice compromise. Less pricey (200 CHF) It has the same good low light performance, same quality feel, same handling, outstanding feature set, and compact size.
Wide Angle: The Sony Sony VCL-DH0737 37mm Wide Conversion Lens is a bit pricey (250CHF) and has some vignetting issues, in fact any fish eye will work as long as it has a 37mm thread. the Raynox HD5050 pro come with a set of thread adapter , has a filter thread and is cheap! (106CHF). Ive bought also the sun protective cap
Tele Lens: I do not have the need of Sony VCL-DH2637 Tele Conversion Lens at the moment
Technical Details Sony HDR-SR8
- Record high-definition (AVCHD) video directly to a 100GB HDD
- ClearVid CMOS sensor; Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar T* lens
- 2.7-inch widescreen hybrid touch-panel Clear Photo LCD Plus display
- Simultaneously capture video and 4.6-megapixel still images while recording. 6.1 megapixel still images as camera only
- Includes Handy Cam station; one touch AVCHD disc burn with optional accessory
- Optical zoom: 10 x
- maximum_aperture_range: F/1.8-2.9
- Minimum focal length: 5.4 millimeters
- Maximum focal length: 54 millimeters
- Included Flash Type: Built-in flash
- form_factor: Rotating
- Display: LCD display
- Display Size: 2.7 inches
- Image types: JPEG
- video_input_format: MPEG-2, AVCHD
- video_input_special_effects: Sepia, Pastel, Monotone, Old Movie, Luminance Key
- Optical Sensor Resolution: 3.2 MP
- optical_sensor_technology: ClearVid CMOS
- optical_sensor_size: 1/2.9"
- Viewfinder Type: LCD
- Audio Input: Microphone
- microphone_operation_mode: Surround
- Height: 3.0 inches
- Weight: 2.0 pounds
- Depth: 5.9 inches
- Width: 6.0 inches