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    hi,

    i am shopping for a video camera... budget video camera...
    but need it to be much better than those video taken using digi cam...
    i have a sony digicam that takes very decent videos, just the everytime limited by the memory stick, hence can't take videos for long stretch...

    any recommendations would be appreciated...
    btw, saw a JVC at $399 at HV.... why so cheap ah?

    get what kind is better ? DV tape one or those DVD one?
    if get those tapes one, is it difficult to convert to dvd/vcd format?

    pls advise
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by erictan8888 View Post
    hi,

    i am shopping for a video camera... budget video camera...
    but need it to be much better than those video taken using digi cam...
    i have a sony digicam that takes very decent videos, just the everytime limited by the memory stick, hence can't take videos for long stretch...

    any recommendations would be appreciated...
    btw, saw a JVC at $399 at HV.... why so cheap ah?

    get what kind is better ? DV tape one or those DVD one?
    if get those tapes one, is it difficult to convert to dvd/vcd format?

    pls advise
    thanks

    If you can still get one - the JVC650A is pretty good - f1.2 max aperture.
    DV tape has higher quality output over HDD and DVD units and it is easier to edit.
    Last edited by Tetrode; 19th May 2007 at 08:35 PM.

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    Default Re: recommendations for a budget video camera

    but is DV tape harder to copy to computer?
    any special software required ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by erictan8888 View Post
    but is DV tape harder to copy to computer?
    any special software required ?
    It depends on what you mean harder? Being linear, it'll take longer to load up.

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    http://www.cnet.com.au/camcorders/ca...0061716,00.htm

    Found this comparison of the different camcorder formats on the web.

    Also read through the entire thread listed here, the poster called Boya84 makes very convincing arguments as to why miniDV is better and it also answers all the questions you have:

    http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7594_102...43414&start=15
    Last edited by Tetrode; 20th May 2007 at 03:27 AM.

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    Default Re: recommendations for a budget video camera

    thanks a great deal....

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