- Canon HF S21
- Panasonic HDC-TM300
- JVC GZ-HM400
- Canon HV40
Unfortunately, I can't help thinking that they didn't cast their net wide enough. They completely overlooked the HD DSLR market segment; specifically the Canon Rebel T2i. At $799 for the body you can add a prime lens (or two) and still come in under the target $1,500 budget.
Maybe they have a good reason; and yes, there are lots of good reasons not to get an HD DSLR. Lenses are expensive and limiting; if you need a long zoom lens with optical stabilization then get the HF S21. There's the 12 minute length clips and manual focusing. BUT if you're an aspiring filmmaker, the T2i has a lot to recommend it:
- shallow depth of field
- DSLR's are the "it" camera of the moment
They aren't for everyone, but I'd wager that film students are more likely to see the appeal of an HD DSLR that the average camcorder buyer.