The only serious contenders in the consumer camcorder world are Canon, Panasonic, Sony, and JVC. Because JVC has atrocious picture quality and Sony has no manual controls, they are both out of the competition for me. The game is between Canon and Panasonic.
Panasonic doesn’t have a cinemode and all its color settings are unnaturally saturated. However, where it really fails me is when some of its models are as dumb as this one (read “the back” section). Canon has better overall controls and features, and a more natural image.
I can’t wait for a good replacement of the HV series from Canon. Apparently the expensive HF series don’t even have zebra support.