This is sample video footage from a Sony HDR-HC5 High Definition Handycam Camcorder which has a list price of $1,099.99. This video was encoded with Sony Vegas 7 with best video rendering quality, 30 fps, 2mbps bit rate. I wonder… for sites like YouTube does it really matter if you use an HD camcorder? From this example the quality doesn’t seem to look that much better than this lower priced Panasonic PV-GS300.
This footage is courtesy of ListVideo.com digital video camera community.