....the SD900. I keep reading reviews full of superlatives so it has to be this one. The SD 90 (in my opinion) is better value for money if you are not looking to be particularly creative with your video. It's £200 cheaper and you'd be hard pushed to see much difference in image quality on the average computer monitor. But the SD900 is clearly a far better camera; it has 3 sensors compared to 1 on the SD90, a bigger better lens and a whole heap of other features, the manual control ring at the front being just 1 feature which is very useful for total control over your film making, especially for nature stuff.
This is by far the best home consumer camcorder I've ever come across. At the time I was originally considering investing in a "prosumer" camcorder (contemplating spending up to a whopping £5000) however after a random chance meeting with a professional camera-man in London who worked on films like Sherlock Holmes (the Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law one) I was recommended this range for my needs. What also clinched it for me was seeing footage used by some BBC wildlife program created by a previous version of this camera on the BBC HD channels. I also performed an "on-site" forest test against a prosumer DV camcorder with a friend who studies film in Kingston. Putting a long story short, she ended up using the footage taken from this device over the other camcorder for her project (that's even after converting downwards to DV resolution).
This camera is great for both home use as well as semi-pro paid jobs. I've used this unit for weddings, rock gigs, dance performances, internet videos and on holiday
Earlier in the year it was selling at £900. Now it's £700 in PC World and Currys. Or you can buy off Amazon for £563. As the old saying goes: "You pays your money and you takes your choice as to whether you pay over the odds or not."
And, Panasonic are offering a £50 Cash Back if you buy before Feb 2012, which brings it down to a very manageable £513. Add in my Nectar Card points for £20, and it means the SD900 will be slipping into my life soon for only £493. Result!
All I need now is the cash from Mum and Dad. They've gone very quiet since the original news that they were giving me cash for Xmas. I do hope they are not having second thoughts.
I know it's the thought that counts, but having had my hopes built up like this, just to get a Chocolate orange and a Beano annual again would be a blow too crushing.