1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

"Best" entry level DV camcorder?

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by robinbowes, Jul 8, 2002.

  1. robinbowes

    robinbowes
    Novice Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2002
    Messages:
    10
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Ratings:
    +0
    Hi,

    I guess this is one of the more frequently asked questions, but I'm looking to buy an entry-level camcorder for home use and would appreciate any advice.

    My key criteria are as follows:

    compact & easy to use
    can be connected to computer
    still images
    long battery life
    good quality picture

    My budget is up to about £600, preferably less!

    Any ideas or suggestions?

    Thanks,

    R.
     
  2. gringottsdirect

    gringottsdirect
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2002
    Messages:
    2,896
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    71
    Location:
    50 Rue St Georges, Paris.
    Ratings:
    +27
    robinbowes,
    Investigate JVC GR-DVX507.
     
  3. AAA

    AAA
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    You can get soon to be discontinued Canon MV4MC, comes with DV Card for your PC for around £600. It is very small,lovely Cam!

    OR

    Get Panasonic NV-GS4B , USB,.....,£599,
    OR
    Panasonic NV-DS30, £399, no USB!,....., bigger,..

    Regards,
     
  4. robinbowes

    robinbowes
    Novice Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2002
    Messages:
    10
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Ratings:
    +0
    Hi,

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    One further question: the Sony DCR-TRV240 seems to have everything I'm lokoing for and is reasonably cheap, however it is Digital8 format rather than MiniDV. Should I keep away from Digital8 or would this be an acceptable comprimise?

    Thanks,

    R.
     
  5. tryingtimes

    tryingtimes
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2001
    Messages:
    4,094
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Ratings:
    +548
    The picture quality difference between Digital8 and miniDV is substantial. The only reason to go with digital8 is to save money.
     
  6. robinbowes

    robinbowes
    Novice Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2002
    Messages:
    10
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Ratings:
    +0
    Thanks, I thought as much.

    I think I've all but decided to push the boat out and get a Sony DCR-TRV25 - £680 from http://www.askdirect.co.uk (unless I can find one cheaper down Tottenham Court Road on Saturday!!)

    Cheers,

    R.
     
  7. gringottsdirect

    gringottsdirect
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2002
    Messages:
    2,896
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    71
    Location:
    50 Rue St Georges, Paris.
    Ratings:
    +27
    Good choice, hot price too.
     

Share This Page

Loading...