Summary: While plenty of ‘serious’ movie-makers swear by HDV, plenty of amateur auteurs swear at it. If you want the best possible video quality, though, the HC9 (and its close rival, the Canon HV30) are well worth a screen test.
Summary: If you prefer the familiarity and reliability of HDV tape, the Sony HDR-HC9 is one of the best (and only) options on the market. Sticklers for value may want to check out Canon’s HV30 though — it’s every bit as good, yet cheaper.
Pros: Superb 1080i image quality, loads of manual features, reliable build quality, intuitive user interface
Cons: Not much has changed since last generation’s HDR-HC7