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Why are you looking at the hv 30/40? Is becasue of hdv (tape)? Why not look at HF s100 with internal flash memory?
I am in a similar possition to you and i am looking for a camera in that price range. I no tape has better editing properties but flash memory and software has come along way. Most software supports most formats now adays.
Other advantages with flash is there are no mechanical parts moving. I am concerned about things getting broken with in the tape drive etc... where as the flash memory cameras seem to be the future, even manufactures admit this.
I dont think the HV40 has changed much since the orginal HV20 came out which also suggest that the use of tape within the consumer/prosumer market is getting faced out? The new hf s100 has a much larger CMOS sensor as well so for the same money you can have a better camera that is smaller, lighter and less prone to braking.
This is what i have read so far and i am still yet to make a descision so correct me if i am wrong?
i think i'll just stay and get the hv30, thanks for your opinion.
I have a mac and was going to get final cut pro possibly for free. But for now i just have imovie. what's the best program you can get for a cheap price or possibly for free.