Buying a Video Camera

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I am looking in buying a video camera and I want something I can record on then plug into my computer through USB or Firewire and then be able to edit the video. I have a budget of $300 and I found 3 on Newegg I am liking but not sure which one to choose.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCompare.asp?bop=AND&Submit=PROPERTY&SubCategory=205&PropertyCodeValue=1799%3A12246%2C1808%3A12334%2C1808%3A18483&MinPrice=0&MaxPrice=320&CompareItemList=N82E16830120037%2CN82E16830145045%2CN82E16830120035

If there are any others that could be recommended that will do that for the price, I would greatly appreciate suggestions. :)

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Well can anyone give me any input on whether any or all of these will do what I want?
 
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Hi Jonesiegirl... ;)

Hope all is well with you also...

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First of all, you want a DV camera that supports firewire---that is the only reliable way to transfer video from your camera to your computer. You will be happy with the ZR600---I don't like the JVC.
 

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linskyjack said:
First of all, you want a DV camera that supports firewire---that is the only reliable way to transfer video from your camera to your computer. You will be happy with the ZR600---I don't like the JVC.
THANK YOU! Finally a response. I appreciate your feedback. Is USB an option for transfering video also? Even though firewire is much faster.

Also can you get video cameras with both connections? I believe these have that option.
 
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No, USB is not an option---it leads to nothing but problems. The other important thing is that you should have one hard drive (preferably 7200 rpm) as a dedicated video capture drive.
 

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Alright. Well I just planned to record reviews for my website and then upload them straight to the computer.

I was also wondering how mini-dv works. I guess it records onto the Mini-DV tape and then when plugged into the computer the computer reads from Firewire to video camera the mini-dv tape and then the video is transfered?
 
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Mini-DV et al is pretty simple. Unless you have a deck, you merely put the camera in the VTR mode, plug your fire wire cable from your camera into your firewire port on your computer. Depending on what program you are using to capture, the next steps vary. Anyhow, remember to get yourself a drive that is dedicated to capturing only video (no applications or anything else on it).
 
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