Sony HDRHC5E - HDV1080i High Definition Handycam 10x Opt Zoom 4 Mp - £399.99 Delivered @ Empire Direct !! - HotUKDeals
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The handy size and lightweight HDV1080i High Definition Handycam® with ClearVid CMOS Sensor, Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens and a HDMI connection. It now comes with i.LINK cable to be editing-ready.

HDV 1080i Format
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T*
ClearVid CMOS Sensor for optimum image quality
x.v.Colour mode for more vivid, lively and true colour
HDV editing package supplied: i.LINK cable/ HDV editing software
STAMINA up to 7 hours 20 minutes (with optional battery)
4 Megapixel still image recording and 2 Megapixel Dual Rec while recording movies
10x optical zoom / 80x digital zoom
Super SteadyShot
Enhanced Imaging Processor
2.7" Wide, "Clear Photo LCD plus" screen with touch panel
Wide Colour Viewfinder
HDMI output for HD ready TV
i.LINK input / output for HDV and DV
USB 2.0 (Full-speed)
HDV / DV recording switchability
Smooth Slow Rec mode for advanced slow motion footage
Usage Guide function on LCD screen
Battery Info
Auto Lens Cover

Delivery : Free delivery (UK mainland only)
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#1
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#2
What do these record onto?
#3
Mini DV tapes.

Bought one a while back - but got it for £399 (from Amazon iirc).

Great camcorders, very easy to use and great quality. Lots being lowered in price due to new models out now.

Termite
#4
Personally unless you need the last word in quality I wouldn't bother buying any camcorder that is DV or DVD based. The extra convenience of memory sticks or SDHC cards is a big plus and the actual camcorder bodies are also smaller and lighter...

The Cannon models HF10 and HF100 seem to get good review right now (they are significantly more than the sony in this post though).

My concern in particular with tape based camcorders is what happens in 2/3 years if the tape mechanism breaks ? would it be worth repairing and what if you have used the original tapes as part of your backup strategy ?.
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afroylnt
Personally unless you need the last word in quality I wouldn't bother buying any camcorder that is DV or DVD based. The extra convenience of memory sticks or SDHC cards is a big plus and the actual camcorder bodies are also smaller and lighter...

The Cannon models HF10 and HF100 seem to get good review right now (they are significantly more than the sony in this post though).

My concern in particular with tape based camcorders is what happens in 2/3 years if the tape mechanism breaks ? would it be worth repairing and what if you have used the original tapes as part of your backup strategy ?.


Well as you mention - quality is better with DV tapes. . .but noticeable? Not sure.

For me - I use tapes . . which I then put on my PC and store digitally (edit etc). The tapes are more of a backup for me, so if I lose a HD I don't lose all my "raw" data.

I spent a long time looking at HD camcorders recently - the recommendation from a professional (who did our wedding in HD with silly expensive things) was to stick with Mini DV solutions for now.

Also - I'd expect in the future backward compatability so if I did find my current camcorder died the tapes will work in the current model etc. But never looked into this.

Termite

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