Summary: I grow tired of people who really don't have much in the way of expertise trying to come off as experts.First, if you were successful why the need to "downgrade" to a lowly consumer model?Re Panasonic vs CannonGiven the 3 ccd system of the Pano the image will ALWAYS be better than your selected Cannons, period.The 3 ccd system is the same [except for size] system used in pro level Panasonic cameras.This is a good solid camera, if you want to step up you really have to...
Pros: Durable, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls
Summary: This camera is great if you want a pocket video camera for outdoor use. If you are going on vacation and don't want to haul around a large bulky camera this is a great choice. It was choosen as one of the top 100 electronic products of 2008 by Consumer Reports. However be warned that you can forget any indoor use with this camera unless you have great ambient light or want to set up studio lighting.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Versatile
Cons: Low-Quality Recordings, Poor Quality in Low Light
Summary: We are using these for supplemental footage on a professional documentary and they hold up great to everything we put them through. The image quality is good but it is simple enough for us to share with inexperienced shooters
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls
Summary: I bought the Panasonic HDC-SD9 primarily for it's size and brand quality. The Leica lens was a name I've known for over 5 decades as a high quality optics producer. I was looking for a video camera that could be carried easily, used easily and with high quality results and this camera does just that. The operation of the camera is easy to understand, it's extremely light-weight, the battery life seems adequate as does the 8MG SD card memory.
Summary: I bought this just before going on a whirlwind trip around Australia's North West. I needed something small, with great picture quality and decent battery life. Enter the Panasonic SD9. It's use of SD cards is brilliant! SD cards reduce battery consumption, they reduce the size of the camcorder and I can swap them with SD cards from my digital camera.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Good battery life, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Small and compact
Cons: No dedicated Mac support, No optical viewfinder, Small buttons
Summary: The camera is small and handy. You can bring it along in the pocket of your jacket. The interface was intuitive and the settings were easy to configure. The only drawback is that the HDMI connector is behind the battery. Therefore, you will have to use the AC adapter if you want to use the HDMI connection. The softwares were lousy too. The HD writer is non-editing friendly and the pinnacle studio did not work very well either.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls, Versatile