MiniDV Camcorders, need advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by hulugu, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. macrumors 68000


    Aug 13, 2003
    the faraway towns
    I'm going to be working for a group at my university who wants to record poets as they read their work and I'm wondering if someone in this illustrious group has used MiniDV camcorders and if they have any advice to give or cameras to recommend.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    I recommend the Sony TRV 22E. It is very good low light conditions and has Analogue in/out so you can do stuff like record programs off your TV and put them on your Mac.
  3. Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    I've just ordered one. After quite a bit of research I went for a Panasonic NV-GS120 which is a 3 CCD machine. It's quite reasonably priced in the US but sadly we're getting screwed somewhat in the UK. From what I read in various reviews the Canon camcorders still have great lenses but also still suffer from picking up drive noise with the on-board microphone. Apparently the new Canons don't have mic-in sockets either so you're stuck with the dodgy on-board mic. The Sony camcorders are fine, very compact etc but didn't rate the HC40 very highly - in fact they said the Panasonic camcorder was better than it in nearly every way - apart from the Sony has a better LCD and image stabilisation. The budget Sony HC20 is a good price though and although loses a few features, still has the basic core features you'd need.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2004
    Cadillac, MI
    I love the Canon ZR60. My only problem with it is bad low-light pickup.

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