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DVD / Mini DV or what ???

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Making Forum' started by House, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. House

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    I am intending to buy a camcorder for the wife for Christmas and am fairly ignorant to the technology.

    My initial thoughts are go for a DVD model so its easy for her to view etc.. and I only have to edit them on the PC if required.

    Any obvious advantages/disadantages to either media ?

    I am thinking of model Panasonic VDR-M50 and advice on this ?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. rooney

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    i bought my wife a sony dcr ip1 last year it is small easy to edit stuff on there
    and simplicity itself she loves it when editing it just simple drag and drop camcorder records in widescreen as well

    this has a different media called micro mv lots of people dont like
    i think its fine though gives dvd quality thats all that matters
    the picture quality is realy good my stuff gets played back through a 42 ich plasma comes out a treat

    the camcorder is meant for holidays birthdays general pop in u purse/pocket and away u go
     
  3. MarkE19

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    My suggestion would be to avoid DVD camcorders at all costs. A search on this forum will throw up loads of reasons why but the main ones are:

    fast moving objects judder across the screen
    the cams are bigger & heavier than DV cams
    recordable DVD are expensive, can only be used once and are not readily available

    Mark.
     
  4. MartinImber

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    Mini DV or the new High Def version of Mini DV
     
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    I would also recommend the Sony IP1, I had mine for a year now and I find that I take it a lot more places than I would have normally taken my camcorder. I used to find that when using my old camcorder on holiday for example that I would use it for the first couple of days then get fed up lugging it around and not bother taking it out, I just pop it in my shirt pocket now. The video quality is excellent (using Studio 9) I would throw the supplied movie maker software in the bin straight away. Only down side is I dont think that the MicroMv format will survive.
     
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    I do not having either but old Hi7. But I was reading a camcorder mag the other week and an expert was saying do not bother with the DV cams and go for the Mini DV.
     
  7. House

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    Am almost set (now!) on buying the Canon MVX250i.

    Any comments on this ?
     
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    I got the Hitachi DVD cam (380) in japan. It didnt cost that much at the time. (500quid)

    It may not be the best format for quality but it is very easy to use and edit. No need for a PC. Just record, edit on the camera and finish the disk.
    Then your ready to watch the DVD on your DVD player (as long as it accepts DVD-R)

    The camera I bought uses 8cm DVD's, (same size as Game Cube Game disks) not the larger regular 12cm type so the camera isnt as big and heave as people say.

    As far as I know, only Hitachi and Sony make DVD cams so far. Mini DV im sure us a great format, but you do need a PC to copy the video to a DVD if you want to watch it on a DVD player, and its a specialised format not usefull with anything else.

    Also I found that Mini DV cams were bigger than the DVD cams i seen here in japan. I dont know what models you guys have over there.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00026KIZO/104-6818635-2350346?v=glance
     

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