I know these are older technologies but if you could get a great deal on an Canon XHA1 or HVX200 with 16gb card for roughly the same price (1500 for Canon, 1600 for Panasonic) what would you pull the trigger on?
I need a camera to take on the road to do some simple interviews for a documentary. The more complicated shoots will be done by my DP and his much better equipment.
But when I figure rental fees, convenience, and the likelihood I may need it to do some more simple projects by my lonesome in the future it could be a good investment if the price is right.
Both cameras are being sold from (seemingly) reputable industry professionals who are upgrading their own inventory and have given histories of the respective cameras uses, environments, hours, and any repairs.
My top priority is picture quality. I know Canon has the better chips but is tape. What's the best bang for buck picture-wise? Of course other features will be taken into consideration.