Newbie - Format & manufacturer advise

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yeleek

Guest
Hi,

We are expecting our first child in the new year, and whilst I've got a DSLR and use that quite a bit for photography I've never used a camcorder.

Our budget is up to around £300 and ideally just looking for something that can be used for family videos etc. If possible would prefer not to have minidv as I like the sound of the instant use of dvd disks, however there maybe very rare occasions when i want to do some editing and I've read minidv is best for this.

Basically just looking for a quality image without too many bells and whistles.

Any thoughts/recommendations please?

Thank you
 

redsox_mark

Novice Member
Here is a recent thread where the pretty much the same question was asked
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=654116

In this budget MiniDV is best quality for the money, it is also the best for editing, though you can edit from DVD cams without problem as well.

Some people get on fine with DVD cams, but search around and you'll find quite a few posts of people reporting various failures when using DVD cams.
 
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yeleek

Guest
OK thanks will take a look at the Panasonic GS320 suggested in that thread. So are dvd's really a no-no then?
 

redsox_mark

Novice Member
There are happy DVD camcorder users out there, so I am hesitant to say they are a complete "no-no", but below is a sample of some of the issues which users have encountered.

You can have issues with any type of camcorder, but these issues with finialisation, accidental ejection, etc are unique to DVD models.


http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=645219

http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=627712

http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=617297

http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=498663
 

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