miniDV or HardDisk

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Brink, Dec 26, 2006.

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    Brink Guest

    We are looking for a new camcorder to replace our old Panasonic VHS-C.
    But we find it difficult to decide if we schould choose a mini DV og
    HardDisk type.
    Is there a big difference in the quality ? , and is the 3CCD camcorders that
    much better ?
    Another issue is the zoom, how much is suitable, because the cheaper
    camcorders has a lot more.
    Does anybody have any experience with som of theese camcorders ?
    Sony Handycam HDR-SR1
    Sony Handycam DCR SR90
    Panasonic PV-GS180/280
    Panasonic NV GS500

    Brink, Dec 26, 2006
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    John Russell Guest

    Don't assume that as Hard Disk recorders must be better because they are the
    latest technology. The Hard Drive recording technology is more expensive
    than the mature DV Tape recording technology. To keep the Hard Drive cam
    price down they often use the optical technology from the cheaper end of
    their DV camcorder range.

    Also you may find your forced to use high compression to fit all you want to
    record on the Hard Drive. With DV you just swap tape and continue recording
    in high quality.

    The upside is that Audio Performance should be better. The hard drives are
    similar to those in ipods, and incredible quiet. You shouldn't have to
    complain about "mechanical noise", a problem for most DV camcorders.
    John Russell, Dec 26, 2006
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  3. 3CCD is better. Hard-disk (or writable DVD) is, at present, generally
    Laurence Payne, Dec 26, 2006
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    The other thing that I like to remind people about is the battery

    The recording time from the standard supplied battery closely
    approximates to the recording time of a MiniDV tape (in SP mode).

    So with a hard-disk camcorder, you're going to have to change your
    battery every hour - even though your hard disk may provide (say) 30
    hours of recording time.

    Add this to the higher cost and the lower quality, then going for a
    hard-disk camcorder is - for me at least - a no brainer :)

    Another thing worth considering is that some video editing software
    doesn't support capture of MPEG2 (and some does support it - but not
    Tony Morgan, Dec 26, 2006
  5. what? Either way you change battery every hour. You also
    change tape. You don't change hard disk. Surely that's a (minor)
    point AGAINST tape?
    Laurence Payne, Dec 26, 2006
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    Think about it - or are you trolling yet again?
    Tony Morgan, Dec 26, 2006
  7. I'm thinking. Are you assuming every session starts at 0.00 on a
    blank tape, and with a newly-charged battery?
    Laurence Payne, Dec 27, 2006
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