UPDATE: 2/19/09 – This camera has been discontinued! The new replacement for this camera looks to be far better. It is the HDR-XR500V. You can find it at B & H by clicking here.

I took a few hours today to put this together. I hope it helps someone out there make a decision on buying a video camera.

I just got a new Sony HDR-SR11 camcorder that I will use to create video blogs for this website.

I plan on bringing this camera to television and film jobs I work to shoot behind the scenes. This camera even has a mic input so I can use a wireless or shotgun.

I forgot to mention in the review that this is a tapeless AVCHD camera. It has a 60GB hard drive built in and you have the option of using Sony memory stick Duo cards instead.

Great little camera and it only costs $700. I recommend the $130 wide angle conversion lens and the $160 underwater housing. A complete kit for under $1000! This is one of the cameras that Bear Grylls (Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild) uses as a POV on his show.

I tried to shoot a short nature film using the “smooth slow recording” feature on the SR11. This is kinda like the “overcranking” feature on the EX1. The SR11 is able to shoot 120 frames per second for a 3 second burst. The resolution is not very good, but not horrible. Watch this video review and see for yourself.

My on-camera was shot with the PMW-EX1 and the Letus Extreme with a 50mm f1.4 Nikon film lens.

Sorry about the “Canadian Goose” story, but I shot it to show you how the camera looks at full 1080 60i. Someone, somewhere is feasting on goose meat.

By the way, today was my day off and I did not feel like getting dressed up for this.

For more pictures of this camera and a detailed blog, click here.

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