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Thinking about buying a DV camera

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by petrolhead, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. petrolhead

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    Okay guys... toughie for you

    I'm looking at a DV camcorder...

    From what I understand of camcorders I want MiniDV ?

    Definatly want firewire out ??? (as I want to squirt the footage into the
    PC), What else if it didn't have Firewire?

    tape ?

    A connection for later addition of something like a bullet cam would
    be rather nice, but not essential

    Portable

    Budget somewhere around the #350 mark...



    Oh and a remote would be nice so I can fix the cam in my car then opperate while driving
     
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    Yep, if you want a modern digital camcorder then your best option is DV.
    Other digital options are only from Sony and are the MicroMV (smaller tapes and therefore smaller cam) or Digital8 (bigger tapes therefore bigger cam). Or from a few makers the DVD-R cams but these have a very short recording time at good quality and the 8cm disks are not readily available on the high street and tend to cost a lot and can only be used once. They can use DVD-RAM but these are still difficault to get hold of and cost a lot.
    Therefore IMHO you should stick to DV!

    All DV cams will have firewire output. Some have USB, but this is only for stills or webcam use. USB is not good enough for full quality transfer.

    If you want to connect a bullet cam then you will need DV-in and AV-in which only a few cams have so check the specs closely.

    Mark.
     
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    A canon 700i (around £300 if you shop carefully) will fit the bill, check that the bullet cam gives you a composite/phono video output rather than an S-video / y/c as the 700i will not support s-video in.

    Also check that any bullet cam you buy gives you a line signal for your audio out rather than a mic signal.

    To record form external AV sources most camcorders need switched to the VTR mode, in VTR mode most cameras will not look at the mic input (unless you are doing an audio insert edit, having first recorded on 2 track 12-bit, not suitable for live audio).

    There are workarounds (such as putting mic through a dictaphone or minidisc recorder and recording the signal from the headphone socket) but they are cimbersome and there are more things to go wrong.
     
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    Cheers for replies

    Been havining a look and comparing specs.

    The 700i seems like an good option. I would like remote. I have also seen the GR-D73 JVC which has a remote and can be purchased for the same price.

    can't find any reviewsfor either cameras, any thoughts
     
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    And also the Sony HC20

    It seems that most people advise either Sony or cannon saying that their optics are better than the JVC

    Any views?
     
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    Anyone?
     

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