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post #1 of 6 Old 04-24-2007, 12:38 AM - Thread Starter
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I just need a basic, & hopefully easy to use camcorder.
I've decided against an HD version, & also against a hard drive machine.

For reasons I won't bother mentioning here, I'd prefer a Panasonic model.
I own a Panasonic DMR-ES20 DVD home recorder.

I'm considering the following model:
Panasonic Palmcorder DVD Camcorder with 2.7" Widescreen LCD Monitor
Model: VDR-D230 $404.99

Like it says in this posts title, I'm a total newbie. I looked at all the specs, & features on the model, and I'm still not sure if this one will take "still" pictures. which is a feature I definitely want. If someone here would be nice enough to look over the features & let me know for sure, It would be greatly appreciated.

Next issue: Mini Dvd Versus Full DVD ?
Is there a clear cut advantage either way ?
Obviously, there would be "space" savings with Mini, but do they have the same
recording capacity ?

Last Question: Would I be able to edit & finalize the discs on my DMR-ES20 ?

I'll paste the specs/features below & also a direct link to the model.

Thanks In Advance !!

Steve


The MagicPix technology on this camcorder allows you to record images with vivid colors, even in dim lighting. One-touch navigation makes it easy to select recording and playback options.
32x optical/1000x digital zoom
2.7" widescreen LCD monitor with 123K pixels; color viewfinder
1/6" CCD image sensor with 680K total pixels for stunning detail and video clarity; 0.3-megapixel digital still images

MPEG-2 engine records differences in each frame to render fast, complex motions with precision


Pure Color Engine provides vivid images with bright colors


MagicPix function for full-color shooting in low-light conditions


Optical Image Stabilizer minimizes shake and vibration distortion


Built-in LED lights provide illumination for shooting in variable conditions


High-quality wide mode lets you capture images and video in 16:9 aspect ratio


Auto white balance controls with indoor, outdoor and manual presets to achieve natural tones under different lighting conditions


Stereo zoom microphone with wind noise reduction allows you to pinpoint selected audio to record


Stores video on 3" DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R and DL DVD-R media; stores photos up to 640 x 480 resolution on Secure Digital and Secure Digital High Capacity memory cards (media not included)


USB 2.0 (mini B) interface for fast, simple transfers to your PC for viewing or editing; S-video and A/V outputs let you watch videos on your television


Direct printing with any PictBridge-enabled printer, so you can connect your camcorder to a compatible printer and print photos without using your PC


Trilingual (English, Spanish and French) on-screen menu display


DVD-Movie AlbumSE 4.3 and DVDfunSTUDIO 2.5 software allow you to edit, play back and organize your videos


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1166236105708
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Next issue: Mini Dvd Versus Full DVD ?
Is there a clear cut advantage either way ?
Obviously, there would be "space" savings with Mini, but do they have the same
recording capacity ?

As far as I know, nobody has ever made a Full size DVD camcorder. I think a lot of people would like to have one but the manufacturers have decided that not enough people would buy them. So if you want a DVD camcorder, it has to be a MiniDVD.

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Last Question: Would I be able to edit & finalize the discs on my DMR-ES20 ?

Maybe....maybe not? I wouldn't place a very big bet on this working. It might work if they were both Panasonic units but that is a long shot. If this is a deal killer, don't take the chance.

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stores photos up to 640 x 480 resolution on Secure Digital and Secure Digital High Capacity memory cards (media not included)

This part of the spec. tells you that this camcorder will take still images and record them on a SD card but that card is not included with the camcorder.

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Thanks for the answers Dave.

I really appreciate it !!

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If I was you I would take a look at the Panny Cams that use Mini-DV tape.

I just bought my daughter the Canon Elura 100 which also uses Mini-DV tape & the reason I went with tape was Longer Recording Time, Better Picture Quality & I was afraid of DVDs crashing or getting scratched which you don't have to worry about with tape & just about the worse that might happen is that the tape might get wrinkled but at least you don't loose everything plus you get a lot longer recording time at the "SP" speed with tape than you do with DVDs.

The Canon Elura 100 was voted "Camcorder Of The Year" by Camcorderinfo.Com but is just about impossible to find now.

My daughter uses her Elura 100 to dub tapes to her Panny E55 & ES30V DVD Recorders & she usually makes 2 copies at once, one to give away or to just play & the other along with the original tape to just put away & save so it can be dubbed to the next new format.

My neighbor also has an Elura 100 & when he's shown me the tapes & DVD copies they both look excellent to me, but I'm no pro by any means

Checkout www.camcorderinfo.com for "Excellent" Camcorder reviews.
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