Join Date: Apr 2014
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Welcome to the current way of recording. SD cards have been replacing DV for a few years now with a number of advantages.
1) No mechanical tape drive and heads to wear.
2) No FireWire. Most PCs do not have IEEE1394 fitted and you would need to buy a FireWire card if you updated your PC.
3) SD cards are reusable many times. You need to archive in your PC or use backup media via the PC.
4) With SD cards every shot is a file. You do not need to split the continuous stream of video into files using the timecode.
Modern Video editors accept the SD card files without any conversion and as the whole process is solid state, there is less worry about lost frames or tape misread.
SD cards are cheap when you consider that they are reusable. I only used my tapes once. I have been using the same SD card for four years now!! I use a couple of 32Gb Class 10 cards instead of one larger card in case one of the cards does fault. (not happened yet) BUT ALWAYS re-format the card in the camera.
The trend to more automation in cameras is lamentable but understandable - it sells cameras to novices. The cheaper the camera the less manual control is available. If you want a camera with more access to manual control you need to go upmarket.
BUT the automatic control for normal "point and shoot" is so good that most users leave well alone when using the camera for general filming.
I started filming in the Hi-8 days with a Sony. I moved to digital video with a Canon HV20 DV camera in 2005, changed to a Panasonic HC-V700 in 2011 and upgraded to a HC-V750 this year. Both the Panasonics use SD cards. I continue to use the 700 for second camera work or for my grandchildren to make videos.
Last edited by Terfyn; 07-13-2014 at 11:49 PM.