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Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Making Forum' started by speagle, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. speagle

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    Hi,

    I've been asked to buy a Camcorder as a present with around £300 to spend.

    I've been reading this forum and have been very grateful for the amount of great info given. However, I can't decide whether or not to go for a miniDV or HDD camcorder.

    The question I wanted to ask is about the amount of storage on a HDD camcorder. For example, a 30gb Sony DCR-SR32 states 20hrs 50mins. I assume this is highly compressed (low quality).

    Can anyone advice what can I expect on 30gb when the camera is set to a low compression (high quality) ?

    I'm trying to figure out how likely it is to fill up the camera on a two/three week holiday where downloading to a computer is not possible, at least with tape you can just stick a new tape in!

    Any advice would be very much appreciated.

    Ian.
     
  2. MarkE19

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    I assume you mean HDD cam (Hard Disc Drive) rather than HD (High Definition) as I don't think you will find a half decent HD cam for your budget of £300.

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  3. speagle

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    Yes meant a HDD camcorder, I've edited the post. thanks for pointing it out.
     
  4. redsox_mark

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    7 hours and 20 mins in HQ mode (highest quality setting) on a SR32/SR52.
     
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    Just remember to get a long life battery .. the supplied ones run out sometimes with even less than 1 hrs shooting
    The best quality is usually about the same as for a DVD which uses mpeg2 and uses up 4.7Gb for 1hr at best quality
    So 6-7 hrs is a Good estimate although Mark seems to have exact figures above
     
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    I agree, taking the amount of GB (e.g. 30) and dividing by 4.7 will give you a rough idea.

    7 Hr 20 min is the exact amount for the SR32 from the manual. It's a bit more than the rule of thumb above as it doesn't quite use the maximum possible bitrate.
     
  7. speagle

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    Thanks for the help. Gives me some more information to help decide!

    Cheers,
    Ian.
     

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