I have both a VX2000 and a Sony A1 (prosumer version of HC1) and the main differences that I have found are that the single CMOS sensor cannot cope with fast or even moderately fast moving subjects without causing smear, the single CMOS is also not even close to the VX2K in low light.
Don't get me wrong, I really like my A1 as it captures stunning images if I have it tripod mounted, light levels are good and the subject isn't moving too fast. If I want to make sure I am capturing high quality footage, it is the VX2k everytime.
I would expect the FX1 to be every bit as good as the VX2k except for maybe not quite as good in very low light but it apparently makes up for it by upping the gain without introducing too much noise.
Basically, what I am trying to say is, if size/portability is a major factor for you then a HC1/3/7 etc.. would be a good choice but, if you really want to be sure of excellent quality, go for the FX1/7 etc.... Be aware though, if you have to down convert to SD to burn/view your footage, you will loose a bit of the image quality and cetainly don't use a HDV camera to record SD as it is a poor second best to normal SD footage.
hey...been out of the video loop for a while, now starting to look at it again and noticed that most of the $1,500 HD camcorders (HC7 etc) coming out now are still using a single chip, but have added the HD feature...(bad explanation i know) and the 3CCD HD cameras are around the $3,500+ mark (FX1)...
just wondering if reverting back to using a single chip HD camera is going to give me an advantage (picture quality/sharpness etc) over a 3CCD SD camera...?
-i was looking at the sony HC series (1&7) vs the VX2100-
thanks for any thoughts.