Originally Posted by Conspiracy
sony video cameras are by far better. sony owns the market in professional video from pro-sumer to broadcast to cine.
From my experience, Sony has better quality control than Panasonic but Panasonic has better value.
My most recent video camera purchase was the Panasonic HDC-TM700.
Why? because the TM700 is one of the first (perhaps the very first) 1080p/60fps video cameras at $1000 or less.
At the time when I purchased it, if I recall correctly, all other manufacturers were only selling 1080i 60fps at the same price.
The TM700 is certainly not perfect but video quality is much much better than any 1080i Sony camera that I ever used.
I like Sony video cameras too, mainly because not one has ever broken on me. But I have more respect for Panasonic because they push the limits of technology at affordable prices.
If I recall correctly, Panasonic was one of the first companies to offer flash memory recording (instead of tapes or hard drives).
"The HDC-SD1 was the first consumer high definition camcorder to record to solid-state media."
"Until the advent of AVCHD Progressive mode, native progressive-scan video for 1080-line resolution had been available only in 24 frames/s variant. In 2010, Panasonic introduced a new lineup of consumer AVCHD camcorders with 1080-line 50p/60p progressive-scan mode (frame rate depending on region). Panasonic advised that not all players that support AVCHD playback could play 1080-line 50p/60p video. In 2011, this mode was officially included into the AVCHD specification as part of 2.0 addendum, and has been called AVCHD Progressive. This mode uses the same AVCHD folder structure and container files for storing video, with the maximum bitrate of 28 Mbit/s. In 2011, Sony introduced consumer and professional AVCHD models capable of AVCHD Progressive recording. In 2012 JVC announced the GY-HMQ10 model, which also can record AVCHD Progressive video."Edited by Partol - 10/31/12 at 10:37pm