Originally Posted by dmercer3
of course I read the whole thread, that is the reason I asked you about the canon, and not about the r300.
This is some great info though and I am going through it now, thanks... should help me make this decision. Also, I know you are currently happy with the canon, however, it is almost $200 more than the panasonic... in your opinion is that worth the difference?
Honestly i cannot answer about the Panasonic cause i have no experience with it . From what videos i have seen they all look good but honestly alot of the video depends what software you edit with and how you edit it . I use Adobe Premiere Elements suggested by another member here and i'm glad i did cause it was in my pocket range and excellent video software without going the full blown Cs6 Premiere for $800.00 . All in all the i'm definitely glad i bought the M50 and yes it's a little steep but an excellent camera . The R300
is a very good camera if your using it mostly in well lite areas or daytime . The light sensitivity is not as good as the M50
is . Another reason i bought it was because i know Canons quality and have dealt with them for many years and it's world wide known that their optics are probably the best on the market as you look around at all the major football games and see all the white lens on many cameras . That white lens is Canons trademark of perfection . The optics in the camcorders are the same way . However as with any optics any brand you get what you pay for so i wanted better and something new and not fixing to be dropped off the new list for a long time . I still have alot to learn in video and editing cause i've never been into camcorders in the past but always wanted to have one for activities and vacation purposes . When i bought the R300 when i took it back i got the Sony HDR-XR260V
with the 160gig HD . It really was a nice camcorder but out in the sun it had so much CA (chromatic aberration) (purple halo) in tree leaves and around anything bright and i just could not handle that for the amount $$ it cost . I asked on the SONY forum about it and they told me it had to do with adjusting the aperture . Sorry but if you know glass you know aperture has nothing to do with CA, it's all in the quality of the optical glass . I even do astronomy and use scopes and it's the same way with telescope glass or even binoculars . So i took it back and got the M50
. There is no detectable CA on any daytime videos i have done and the only CA i have seen so far is when i zoom in on the moon and there is very little at the edge which can be edited out if need be . So do i think the extra $200.00 is worth it ?? To me definitely yes !! Depends your pocket book and what quality you need . The M500
all are the same except for the HD . M52 has 32-gig, M50 has 8-gig and the M500 has no HD, you use a card for recording . However if you can pick up a good or new M41
and your wanting to watch the budget that is a good camcorder also . You might can find that one a little cheaper at Ebay or elsewhere . Hope this helps more with your decision with whatever brand you go for . Just make sure you buy what you can afford and want to last a long time and mostly are happy with it .