I've had a Canon Gl-2 since it's release a few years ago and it's served me well. However with all the new HDV cameras I don't see a reason to shoot mini DV anymore. My GL-2 is pretty beat up and needs a new zoom motor. I also don't have a ton cash to spend on a new camera so the new HV10 looks decent, although I know it's missing many of the professional features I'm used to. Basically what I'm wondering is does this single chip HDV camera hold up image wise to the GL-2, or is it just a camera with more pixels and poor image quality and not worth even considering over getting my GL-2 fixed?
Well, I downloaded the 1080p video and I can't say I was impressed. It had a lot of compression artifacts and I'm sure a lot of it was the H.264, which makes watching those videos a fairly poor sample of image quality. Of course maybe there isn't that much compression and a lot of the artifacting was caused in camera, not that adding any compression on top of Mpeg-2 is a good idea. I guess I can't know until I use it or someone else who has does a comparison. The other thing that worried me about the video on Canon's website was that it was 1080p and the HV10 only shoots 1080i, so they added another compression step in there, although it's just combining fields. In any case, all I got out of the sample videos was that the camera could capture 1080 video.