Lando,Lando said:Well I'll start working out the bugs starting tomorrow .. just picked up my HC1 today! I paid just over $2000 for the camera (before extended warranty, tapes, battery & case OUCH!). I'm really excited to see what this looks like. First camcorder I've owned and I just got a new HDTV last week! The wife and I are thinking about doing some weddings to recoup the cost.
I got mine from a Sony Store for that price, plus a rebate (still waiting to arrive) of $200, plus a cam bag worth $89.00.jgvp said:I made a very infrequent visit to the Yorkdale Mall Friday, mainly to shop at The Apple Store, and while there I also dropped in to The Sony Store. I noted that they had the HC-1's price lowered by $300 to $2,199, with an accompanying ad' card highlighting the fact. I was rather pleasantly surprised to find that it was much smaller than I had thought it to be judging from the many photos I had seen. Experience has taught me that a camcorder is only a worthwhile purchase if it is small enough to be taken just about everywhere you go, otherwise it sits at home until vacation or special event time comes around.
That' the real problem these days. Where do you store it, and how do you show it. It would seem that the only answer now is to hook it directly to your HD TV.Najeeb said:I finally managed to pick one up at a reasonable price.
This camera has a great 'feel' to it and produces incredible pictures. For me there was no other choice out there. I didn't want to spend $5k for a large cumbersome HD camera since I am not using it for professional reasons. The picture is head and shoulders above even the top of the line prosumer MiniDV camcorders. The ring around the front of the lens is great for using for zoom and then it can be switch for use as a focus dial with a 4x enlargement in the viewfinder - all things considered, it makes it easy to get the shot you want without having to fiddle with too many items.
My next adventure is going to be pairing this up with either a Blu-Ray recorder or HD-DVD recorder so that I can put the tape contents onto a more permanent media. My computer isn't fast enough to warrant editing the video on it although I supposed I can probably get a faster computer for less money than either of the two HD DVD formats.