Ah I'm in the final stages of the decision process, which is always the most stressful. Is it worth spending the extra £200 to get the SD900 rather than the SD90?
This review is very postive about the 900 and gives it the full 5 stars:
And says... "as a movie-making device for enthusiasts, semi-pros, film students and low-budget producers, it is exceptional.
Superlative video recording is matched by digital photography functions, but what really seal the deal for the SD900 are its advanced features. Accessed through the exemplary 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD, there is such a rich, treasure trove of modes that it's hard to think what else you could possibly have wanted to include.
I went to Currys today to test them out and the results are... inconclusive. The footage has been compressed here, so neither clip is representative of the quality I can see on the screen in front of me, but it does allow some comparison. The Zoom is better on the (cheaper) SD90 but close up looks better on the 900. The 900 feels like a "proper" camcorder and the manual ring at the front, combined with the larger lens, and 3 sensors rather than 1 makes it very tempting...
This forum user says it's a no-brainer;
Well if you read the title:
Panasonic SD90 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (SD Card Recording, x40 Intelligent Zoom, x26 Optical Zoom, 28mm Wide Angle Lens & iA + Face Recognition & New Hybrid OIS)
Panasonic SD900 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (3MOS sensor, SD Card Recording, Leica Dicomar Lens and Manual Control Ring)
The £300 one is selling you features which are irrelevant, The lower one is selling you a proper lens with a manual control ring and a 3MOS sensor, Yes it does justify the £200-300 increase in cost, You WILL notice an improvement.
Here's my "in the field" test.
Funny, I couldn't get a salesman to talk to me, but as soon as I got my Quality Street and dead moth out on the counter and started putting my own memory cards in the camcorders and firing them up, 2 came running at once (the moth is at the end, by the way)
I went for the SD900 and I'm very glad I did.
(I read that the TM900 - the one with the internal memory - makes a noise but the SD is silent as far as I can tell. The low light capabilies are superb, the quality is stunning, and the manual focus ring is extremely useful. See a couple of my videos here. ps. Get yourself the Pixco .45X wide angle off ebay too; £19 and it works really well. The macro, which is part of it does a great job too.