The zi8 had served me well, very well actually up to the day I sold it, and still had good value, sold it on ebay for $140 🙂 it’s a low prive camcorder, it’s hand held the cell phone style, very good HD quality, except for the digital zoom sucks and little anti shaking, but the pros on it are the ability to macro, I film close up without being blurry it was a big plus for me, another plus is the external mic, you can hook up an external mic on it, best of all is the picture quality, HD 720p and 1080, I normally use 720p because the SD card I got isn’t that fast in writing data. Overall zi8 is a big plus. I also got the water proof kodak camera, it also awesome, went to beach few time and film under water 🙂 it work great 🙂 got it real cheap from ebay.
Now let’s get to the HDC-TM900K, what can I say? it’s a Movie HD camera, the picture quality – awesome, the sound – awesome, the design – typical, battery – typical … I did a few test in the basement doing nightly diary videos, and then yesterday took it to the Circus indoor very very low light or no light at all, however the stage has lighting and picture quality play back is unbelievable, quick HDMI connect to my HD LED tv and simply play, it is unbelievable, I can almost say it’s as good as any HD Bluray I’ve watched, and this camcorder can match it, I got a 32GB internal memory, so no problem full HD 1080 or higher. This camcorder retail for about $1K, can get it cheap when it’s onsale, I’m looking forward in getting the 3D hook up, since this camcorder capable to recording in 3D HD, not just HD but 3D HD, however the hook up adapter is a bit pricy 🙂 as much as the camera itself, I think I will wait. Maybe by then there will be a difffertent model I can replace with this one. Tips for everyone, sometime it’s better to sell it on ebay and get a new one than giving it to friends and family, because they don’t old model either :), remember to keep box and receipt, because it worth more on ebay when you have everything original 🙂