MiniDV, HDD or another?

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    At the moment, we're using MiniDV cameras in uni. and want to buy my own to mess with but I am frustrated at having to capture them in real time. Are HDD cameras worth the extra money (I assume plugging a HDD camera in detects it as a portable drive and you just drag the video file(s) over) or should I stick with MiniDV? Should I use something else?

    I am looking to spend no more than £250/£300.
     
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    You are right that that with an HDD cam "capture" is simply copying files from one HDD to another (generally over a USB2 connection). So it is much faster than realtime.

    But... pound for pound you'll get better quality from a DV camcorder, especially in that price range. With £250-300 to spend I'd go DV, unless that speed of capture is much more important to you than video quality.
     
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    There are so many models to choose from :| Do you think I'll get a good one for £150/£200 or should I spend £250? (£300 is too much for me if I'm honest)
     
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    Canon MD101 is good value and available around £175. It has an external mic input (rare even on pricier models), this was added as they target this model for educational use and there a mic is often needed.
     
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    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=%22Canon+MD101"+Review

    Not any/many reviews unfortunately :(

    EDIT: £175 is good, though. Means I can buy an external microphone and a few Adobe Premiere Pro etc. books.
     
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    So, it seems the ZR830 is the same as the MD101/ZR800, but without the microphone jack.

    So, you think this is the best MiniDV camera I can currently buy for £175?

    EDIT: The Canon MD101/ZR800 only gets 6.6/10 on ZDNet/CNET :/
     
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    The ZR800 compared to the ZR830 gains the mic jack but loses the remote control and memory card slot.

    Note the ZR830 doesn't exist in Europe, the ZR850 does (it is the MD160).

    Yes I think for sub £200 the MD101 is the best available. The Cnet review is quite positive, the conclusion is "The bottom line: Canon's latest entry-level MiniDV camcorder is a great choice for anyone looking to create video on a shoestring budget. "
     
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    Note on CNET's rating scale, 6.6="good".

    The highly acclaimed, £800 High Def Canon HV20 only gets a 7.7 rating.
     

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