I'm having trouble making a decision between the PDW700 and Panasonic's HPX2000. I've used Sony's 350 before and love the picture that came out of it. I do a lot of broadcast ENG and want HD with HDSDI out. Any input would be great, thanks.
One thing I would look into is the CCD's of each unit. I believe the Sony has full raster 1080 interlaced only with the 700 (need to check) and the Panasonic still interpolates the image created with their CCD's to make 1080. If the 700 was progressive there would be no question for me. I believe it is coming and could be called the 750. Marketing...look under the hood first.
[Michael Palmer]"If the 700 was progressive there would be no question for me."
It is. The 700 uses 2/3” full HD Progressive CCD (Power HAD FX) - 2.2M pixels (1920 x 1080) RGB 3 CCD Sensors - Supports both 1080 and 720. This is why Sony recently announced a 24p optional software add on for the 700 for only $4500.00 USD. If the CCDs were not progressive they wouldn't be able to offer true 30p and 24p recording.
With the PDW-700 recording to XD disc media you have an archival version of your footage - a true back-up that you can return to in the future. This can be a big advantage over the media management that is required with P2 to maintain proper back-ups.