So camera upgrades come more and more often these days. I had a crap-sounding, rugged and reliable Sony EVO-9100 Hi8 camcorder from CBC which I used and abused from 1992 until 1998, then a Canon XL-1 from 1998 to 2007 (Man, that one shot a lot of video!), then I moved to an HDV Canon XH-A1 til 2011 and lately, an HMC-150 which is very cool but has some serious drawbacks.*
Right now I am starting to look for a new camera package for what I do: mostly shooting live events, some interviewing, documentary, corporate gigs etc. and, well, drama. The HMC-150 isn't the best dramatic rig, since it has a typical video small sensor and wide depth of field.
But wow, is it ever hard to beat a dedicated ENG-style camcorder for features and function. What I need is: