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    Advice on buying a camcorder... please!

    My first post so take care....

    I'm after a camcorder for my wife's birthday. but don't really know whats best.

    I know mini dv is cheapest, but is it worth it for the outdated technology?
    Are the dvd camcorders any good?
    Is it worth the price of the hard drive camcorders, as I believe you don't get an awful lot of filming on them?

    I'm looking to spend about £200 (though less would be good!)

    Cheers for any help

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    For you're budget - I'd definately go for miniDV. I was going to suggest this hotukdeals.com/for…064 but its just gone out of stock....

    But you should be able to get a decent minidv for under £200 very easily

    Mini DV's are ok, but if you can afford it i would suggest plumping for a dvd camera. Its then easy to edit on the computer, play in a dvd payer etc. My dad had one and it works really well

    DVD ones are the halfway house, hard drives are ok but like you said still in their infancy so it'll be a year or so before we start seeing them more affordable and more compact etc.

    This was just a very quick look, you can get one for your budget, i would suggest a sony one with a Carl Zeiss lens as they are supposed to be the best ones (and i'm in no way a fanboy of sony)

    ]http//ww…tml

    There are a few sony ones from £230 on that site too, i think my dad has the Sony DCR-DVD106

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    My first post so take care....I'm after a camcorder for my wife's … My first post so take care....I'm after a camcorder for my wife's birthday. but don't really know whats best.I know mini dv is cheapest, but is it worth it for the outdated technology?Are the dvd camcorders any good?Is it worth the price of the hard drive camcorders, as I believe you don't get an awful lot of filming on them?I'm looking to spend about £200 (though less would be good!)Cheers for any help



    go to ]camcorderinfo.com
    it's US site, but has a lot of good info. - maybe a bit confusing because the model number is different from UK ones - but you'll get the idea, miniDV vs DVD, vd Hard drive, 3 CCDs, CMOS etc

    ]http//ww…740

    I know its way over budget but High Def is the way to go for camcorders, getting cheaper all the time. I have a JVC Everio MC500 and wish I had bought a High Def one now.

    http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/41gibQwWz1L._SS500_.jpg

    I would recommend minidv, plus look at sony as a brand. I have jvc with firewire port, which makes it easy to edit on computer.

    Original Poster

    thanks for the replies - I was afraid this would happen with different people giving different advice, oh well......

    i agree with rockinter, i have a jvc minidv camcorder and it is really easy to connect to pc with firewire to editing. the quality of picture is surprisingly good aswell. i wouldnt say the technology is outdated at all, there are a lot of minidv fans out there, me being one

    I found this site quite useful
    simplydv.co.uk/inf…tml
    You have to been careful with the DVD writers as apparently some may use smaller sized dvd disks and I read on the AV forums that miniDV still gave a better quality at the budget end of the market.

    Id second that. I was in the same predicament about a year ago. Read lots of reviews about DVD vs MiniDV and suprisingly DVD came second. Ive got a 16:9 Sony HC42 and am dead chuffed with it. I stream it to PC using a free app called WinDV with no frame loss EVER. Quality is amazing - i even decode all my movies to xvid and then have them all streamed via xbox whenever im feeling nostalgic.

    MiniDV is the way to go, unless like others have said you wanna pay for HD.

    Original Poster

    Right thanks for all the help - I think Mini DV it is then! Now the fun of picking the bloomin model.... Cheers

    Its also worth looking out for the deals for packs of 10 Sony high quality MiniDV tapes that kick around. I got a pack off ebay a while ago... but im sure there are good deals kicking around if you look - Sony tapes are supposed to be the best.

    Have to agree with Squelds about the tapes :thumbsup:

    Amazon were doing them for about £11. BTW whilst researching the camcorders I also read a recommendation that you don't use different brands of tapes but stick to one brand ie Sony. Apparently the different brands of tapes use different lubricants and having mixed lubricants on the tape head isn't good......then again that could just be an urban myth
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