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need help: MiniDV Camcorder

adamcm Avatar
9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
My great auntie has given me a budget of £200 to buy a camcorder for my media coursework and to take on holiday.

I think a MiniDV camcorder would be best as we use MiniDV tapes at college so i thought it'd be good to have the same format and to gain experience. But maybe it's not the best, i'm not sure?

I want one with the best quality as possible for the price range. I've had a look on various sites but i'm not that knowledgeable on camcorders and as it's alot of someone elses money I don't want to end up buying a rubbish one.

So i'm turning again to your advice. Please help me out guys :thumbsup: thanks!
adamcm Avatar
9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Something like this Panasonic camcorder will do what you need.

http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=388017
#2
thanks so much!

would you say that is a good quality and is easy to transfer to PC?

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#3
Panasonic make good electronics equipment so the build quality and picture quality should be good. As for pc transfer you are going to need a firewire port on your pc. Software wise you could use what comes with the camcorder or windows movie maker.
#4
are firewire ports cheap/easy to use?

Sorry for the questions but like i said it's alot of someone elses money/.
#5
Firewire ports are as easy as usb. I do recommend making sure all the equipment is off before plugging it all in and then turning on the pc.
#6
right okay thanks and i can just buy them at places like PC World, etc?

:D you've been such a big help! i really do appreciate it.
[helper]#7
MiniDV is probably the best format for your budget. I have a Panasonic so agree with their recommendation. Got mine from an ebay shop which is a clearance outlet (possibly Argos)
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Clearance-Bargains_Camcorders_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ9390554QQftidZ2QQtZkm

You can transfer using USB if you have a laptop without a firewire card (if your camcorder has a usb port). If you are using a desktop you can buy a firewire card for under £10 from Ebuyer.
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/78455
This one comes with an old version of Videostudio on the installation disk (and firewire cable to connect to camera tho its a bit on the short side).

This is quite a good site with lots of background info
http://www.simplydv.co.uk/infobase/where_to_start.html
#8
gari189

You can transfer using USB if you have a laptop without a firewire card (if your camcorder has a usb port). If you are using a desktop you can buy a firewire card for under £10 from Ebuyer.
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/78455
This one comes with an old version of Videostudio on the installation disk (and firewire cable to connect to camera tho its a bit on the short side).


woa that looks very attractive :w00t: Where exactly do u put that?!

Thanks alot for your help. I've had a look on that Ebay site and theres a camera there that has got numerous 5 star ratings that sounds perfect for me and is in my budget.

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