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Old    Barry J Strauss (strizzo360)      Join Date: Jul 2004       08-07-2008, 9:11 PM Reply   
I am looking to buy a video camera and was basically looking for some advice. I hear that mini dv is the best way to go as of now and hard drive is a bad idea. any advice on companies, price ranges, etc would be key, thanks.
Old    DeeCee (jaybee)      Join Date: Aug 2007       08-12-2008, 3:43 PM Reply   
I am looking for this information as well. Looking to spend between $1000 - $1500 on a camera. Barry, I am curious as to why hard drive is a bad idea? I was considering going with a hdd camera.

Any input is greatly appreciated.
Old    Nick Schrein (wakeboardern1)      Join Date: Aug 2007       08-12-2008, 5:28 PM Reply   
People say that HDD cameras tend to not do so well around moisture, and also because of the moving parts, have a higher probability of mechanical failure...

Plus the constant deletion and formation of files on an HDD camera will cause fragmentation in the HD similar to a computer's HD.

However, if you're looking for an HD camcorder for a reasonable price, look for the Canon HV20 I believe. I have a Canon HG-10 HDD HD camera, and it's worked really well so far, but if I remember correctly, the HV-20 is the same except it's mini DV or something like that. It has removable storage.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       08-12-2008, 7:15 PM Reply   
The HV20 is an HDV based unit which records to miniDV tape while the HG-10 uses AVCHD compression and records to a HDD. Make sure your editor supports AVCHD is some fashion if you go that route.

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