MiniDV Wait or Buy now

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    • #42492

      First thanks for any and all feedback.

      I am looking to buy a new MiniDV camcorder. I am considering a Canon or Sony. While going the distance for a HDV camcorder is tempting, I still can’t see making the plunge unless iDVD becomes iDVD HD.

      Questions and/or comments:
      I have been watching for some time seeing the DVD camcorder with 5.1 recording and I am wondering if we might see this carry over to minidv.

      What is the best affordable low light minidv camcorder on the market now? Or coming soon? Below $1000.

      Should I wait for a HDV camcorder?

      The camcorder is going to be used for capturing family events, kids, etc…

    • #178448

      Is there anything new on the horizon? From Canon or Sony, etc coming out…

    • #178449

      Those are really tough questions for the crowd here. I think the least expensive camera I currently own rings in at around $1,500, and I haven’t looked much at the consumer grade stuff really recently.

      Canon and Sony are both good. Stick with MiniDV. The DVD burners are a neat idea and all, but editing the mpeg format on DVD discs is a pain in the butt, let me tell ya. So if you’re going to do any editing at all (this even includes adding background music or cutting parts short), stick with MiniDV, or some other popular tape format, as your video will be much better quality.

      As far as 5.1 surround audio recording, believe me, there’s more hype than anything else there. Those cameras have the same crappy camera mics every other camera does, and there is software that can convert audio into 5.1 on the market which will do a lot better job than the chips in those cameras.

      As far as HD goes, all I can say is for under $1,000 you might find the lens for an HD camera to exceed this number. Besides, the whole market is still in a war over which HD platform will become standard. If you’re serious about HD, give it 3-5 years, and see who’s still standing after the dust clears. A miniDVD disc could hold roughly a minute or two of HDV, so until/unless Sony’s blu-ray technology becomes an industry standard, you’re not going to see true HDV on a disc burner.

      Hope that helps some πŸ™‚

    • #178450

      You should get the Sony HDR-HC1 or HC3. High defintion and a bit more then 1000$ but you get a top quality camera, espacially the hc1!!

    • #178451

      I agree with wat was said before. Basically the two main sub-$1000,= miniDV-makers are Sony and Panasonic. While HDV is coming close, with this price-requirement you’d probably be best off buying a SD 3CCD-cam from either of those two brands (with Panasonic probably being the most popular in this range).

    • #178452

      Hank did make a great point, which I agree with, though I don’t think I explained it very well earlier.

      Buy something. Your kids will keep growing, and events will keep happening. Find a good camera, and get it.

      My point on the whole High def issue was simply that if you have a limited budget and you might only have one chance to buy a camera, I would personally stick to SD ("Standard") cameras for now, and wait until the shakedown on HD ends, so you’re not left with a camera that won’t be compatible with anything 3-5 years from now. Believe me, this is never fun. Before I was behind cameras, I was in front of them, doing commercials and short segments on a local news station for a short time many years ago. When I left, I took all of my material in the Beta Format, because with the better quality, we all assumed that Beta would be more popular that VHS. Today, I can’t show anyone any of my old videos (which is actually a good thing, because I always thought I did a terrible job). Sure I could buy a beta player and transfer it, but the point is, I put my work onto what I thought would become a standard, and it never developed.

      More recently, How many Laser Disc players do you see around? When they first came out, everyone loved them. I remember seeing some movies in the rental store available on the laser videodisc. It was funny because they had these huge discs or the VHS tapes for rental. Then, as quickly as the laser disc came on the scene, the Digital Video Disc came out, and Laser Disk was history.

      There are three or four different formats of HD out there right now, and several different HD players. If you buy an HD camera, you’ll need to buy a special burner to make Hi-def videos and you’ll need to buy a special player to play them. A regular DVD burner or a DVD player only do standard quality video.

      So you go out, spend several thousand dollars on a HD Camcorder, and several hundred dollars on a HD burner and player. In two years, someone’s idea becomes the "standard" Hi-Def format is for consumer/prosumer cameras, and if it’s not the stuff you bought, you now have to either keep using a dying format, or you need to spend thousands more on new cameras, and hundreds more on new burners/players.

      Yes, they are always coming out with new ideas. That’s why you don’t see floppy drives on new computers, or 8 tracks in car audio. but my point is that the Hi-def standard itself is still VERY young, and one solid standard hasn’t emerged yet, though the day is coming soon.

      As a guy with a box full of Beta tapes and the odd Laser Disc or two, I’ve learned my lesson, and I’m not personally or as a business ready to invest in the consumer/prosumer grade market just yet. Maybe sometime soon, but not quite today.

      I sure hope I explained that okay this time πŸ™‚

    • #178453

      I will go out and buy one. Thanks for all the great info.

      Can anyone elaborate on the best low light minidv camcorder on the market now? Again, affordable.

    • #178454

      Can anyone elaborate on the best low light minidv camcorder on the market now?

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