We're not talking stills here, the GH1 has a higher resolution and hence sharper video image than the Sony NEX's. Both cameras will make 100% sharp usage of their given video resolution size, the Sony is however 1080i or 1440x1080p (anamorphic resolution) if indeed thats p and not also formed from two interlaced frames. The GH1 is 60fps in 1280x720p and 24fps in 1920x1080p (stored in 60i format for the U.S. market). GH1 is 17mbps H.264/AVCHD, where as the NEX-5 is 17mbps H.264/AVCHD @ 1080i60. NEX-5 has half the vertical resolution essentially and is only as sharp in non/slow moving picture. But effectively has the equivalent of 30fps of 1920x1080p data to encode in 17mbps vs the GH1 of 24fps. Effectively all things equal, the GH1 should be sharper. The 1440x1080'p' mode (if it is true progressive) is 12mbps. 1920x1080p vs 1440x1080p, which is potentially the sharpest? On top of that the GH1 is 17mbps @ 24fps, compare it to the 1440x1080p NEX-5 mode and the GH1 has more bitrate per pixel per frame, and then AVCHD is more efficient than normal MPEG-4. Though the NEX is considerably cheaper by the looks, for specifically wanting a HD camera to record video as the OP wants, I'd be looking at comparisons. Here is a subjective non-scientific comparison of GH1 to other systems. The SX1 IS looks like it would fit the bill for the OP from the test video.