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Help for a noobie to camcorders

post #1 of 4
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Just started to look at camcorders to tape our new addition due in Aug. Interested in what the crew here thinks would be the best fit for our needs.
I prefer the best picture quality over anything else and hate digital artifacts.
Ease of use comes next.
Is an internal hard drive the way to go? It just appears to be a great way to record/store/transfer.
For around $1K what would you buy?
So I am open to any suggestions, where to look, what to avoid, etc. Do we have a faq in this section?
TIA
post #2 of 4
If you hate digital artifacts, an internal hard drive would NOT be the way to go. MiniDV would be the way to go. As far as I know, all HDD camcorders incorporate additional compression to get the storage capacity up into the 30 hour range. To get the great video quality of MiniDV you have to get a MiniDV camcorder. If you want the compressed video quality of MiniDVD, you can get it or HDD camcorders.

I have four Digital8 camcorders which have been discontinued by Sony but they have the same video quality as MiniDV. If you want great video quality, the only MiniDV camcorder that works well in low light is the $2300 Sony VX2100. If you only have $1000, I can't recommend anything today. Everything I know about in your price range does not work well in low light conditions. If I were you I would rob the kids college fund and get the VX2100 while it is still available. Soon there won't be any camcorders that operate well in low light.

Dave
post #3 of 4
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I didn't know that miniDV was the way to go.
Cheers!!
post #4 of 4
For archival purpose Mini Dv is the only way. For camera footage and comparison you may see www.listvideo.com .
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