Am I correct that the EX1 will record SD (DVCam) but the EX3 will not? This seems to be the information I'm getting from the Sony site but I've been getting conflicting answers to this from some owner/operators.
I think it really makes sense to record in HD nearly all the time.
Put an HD file in an SD timeline and you have a world of nifty tricks such as creating fake camera dollies, pans, zooms in addition to reposition a shot. Basically it can make a one camera shoot like like it was done with two or three cameras. Only in the most frantically time constrained situation would I think recording in SD would be a consideration. HD also gives you more options to repurpose.
Thanks for the responses: if it was up to me I'd record everything in HD, I'm just rying to satisfy the specs set out by particular clients. If this camera could do both I could consider getting rid of my DVCam, but it looks like I'll have to hang on to it.
There's something not clear in your description of the client specs. Shoot HD, edit and deliver SD as I mention in my post. Even delivering in SD I'd avoid DV. It's a horrible codec. ProRes and 8 bit uncompressed 4:2:2 work fine in SD. It's your job to educate the client. Clients are not technicians. They often don't know what they need. That's been my experience.
Sorry, what wasn't clear is that I don't do any post myself, otherwise I'd do just as you say. I'm just delivering raw footage to the clients I shoot for, therefore trying to deliver to them what they're asking for.
Thanks for your feedback!
Make sure they understand the difference between SD and DV. There are better SD codecs as I noted above. Also you'd need to know whether they want 16:9 anamorphic, 16:9 Letterbox in 4:3, 4:3 Center Cut. All three can be delivered in DV but any professional NLE that can handle DV can generally handle the better codecs as well. Since AppleProRes decoder has become freely available for Windows, that's become a standard and will look leagues better than DV even in Standard Def.