Originally Posted by Rhymemaker
Thanks Bill - it is.
I hadn't considered the Panasonic and it's a good comparison. Both of these are within budget.
My niggle is that would I be buying a lower spec camera just for the storage media and work flow? All the higher spec tapless models continue to have a wide variety of controls on the body as opposed to a menu system which would indicate the need/want for this type of design to continue. (the EA50 video review on your site as an example).
I know the MC200e does not have audio level displays or xlr inputs. Does the MDH1? Sound is important to me and I have invested in good external xlr mics. Would I be limiting myself?
Are these particular tapeless models just small hand held consumer cameras in a bigger body?
Aarrghhh - my tech head says go tapeless as it's the future but at the same time I don't want to be blinded by that. I also know that you get what you pay for and that a higher spec tape camera might be the better as opposed to new technology way to go.
Further viewpoints Bill, Ungermann or anyone else?
Tape is really outdated. First, if you are considering buying a used camcorder, (which I wouldn't/especially if you are shelling out a lot of money), the heads may be worn, something may be wrong with the small parts in the tape mechanism. Perhaps it might not show up right away...
Flash memory doesn't have those moving tape parts, it's just a card sitting in a slot. It is extremely convenient. It transfers to your computer in the time it takes to copy/paste data. With tape, for every hour of tape you capture, you have to capture it into your editor in real time; 1 hour of filming = 1 hour of capture on the computer. For flash memory, 1 hour recorded on a card = minutes (how fast your PC can transfer the data). (Note, with this AVCHD format, you would have to set your editor to stitch the files together - there are threads here that discuss this.)
This is almost 2013 - tape camcorders are archaic..it's the equivalent of buying a tape VCR at the point when everyone had DVD players. Plus, as time goes on - blank cassettes might become scarce and/or more expensive. A flash memory card can be recorded over thousands of times without having to buy a new one. A tape perhaps can be recorded over a few times/if you even want t chance doing that. Much more expensive.
The technology in newer camcorders is leaps and bounds over professional tape camcorders from just a few years back - it advances very quickly. Yeah, you might have to use the menus instead of physical buttons, but you'll get used to it.
Try and buy a new or refurbished camcorder - avoid used. You may end up paying for repairs or have to junk it because it had an issue the previous owner was or wasn't aware of.