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Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by ia1980, Jan 19, 2006.

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  1. ia1980

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    what r forums views about hard disk camcorders and which one as first one - for family / holidays etc
     
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    I have heard some decent things about the JVC Everio line----having said that I wouldn't buy a hard disk based camcorder. Simply put, tape is more reliable and the only advantage hard disk based cameras have is that they are faster when you download to your computer. Other then that, the unreliability of hard drives in general concerns me. I would recommend one of the tape based cameras.
     
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    I am non-tech and won't be editing pictures etc or adding comments or captions, except maybe removing out focus and other useless bits if i can. i know you can with a tape one but could i doit with hd one? (and that is the only that puts me off from buying as i am not sure about it )

    any ideas whether you can with hd camcorder

    what about the dvd one
     
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    You should have no problem pulling your video into your computer using an HD based system. The only problem is that I have an issue with the hard drive---they just dont hold up over time and what happens if your drive crashes (which is far more common then a tape transport going on a standard camera). As far as a DVD based camera goes. Remember, you are compressing the DV to Mpeg in camera and therefore you are losing a degree of quality before making any changes. It is also much more difficult to edit mpeg footage----


    If you intend to use the camera alot then I would go with tape. Thats just my opinion and of course other might disagree. If you want a good source for checking out different cameras before you purchase, go to http://www.camcorderinfo.com/ a pretty good source for information on consumer camcorders.
     
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