Hard drive based camcorders?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kingsly, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Kingsly macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    Has anyone used them? Are they and good? What (if any) brand/model would be suggested?
     
  2. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

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    Double check in the video section here at MR as a few people asked this Q this past weekend. To answer fast though I'm not sure about the video quality since I was able to see some footage this weekend. My MiniDV looked better and this was compairing using my JVC to my friends neighbors JVC HDD unit. Great idea okay quality :cool: I'd rather go with a 3ccd cam instead for the same cost.
     
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    The compression algorithms are lossier; reviews I've seen indicate that the difference is noticeable when viewed side-to-side with tape-based camcorders but not necessarily noticeable when viewed in isolation.

    The best-reviewed HD camcorder I've seen is the Sony DCR-SR100.

    One thing to take into account is the vastly improved editability and access times of material on the camcorder; the slight loss of perceived quality might be more than made up for by more actual use of it.
     

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