Need Help Choosing DV Camcorder

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by iN8, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. iN8 macrumors regular

    May 29, 2002
    The Bahamas
    I've been researching DV cameras for about a month now and can't decide now between the three I have narrowed it down to. I have a baby on the way, so I have to get it done now.

    I have chosen based on the best feature set in my price range ( $650-700).

    Here they are in the order I prefer:
    1) Canon Optura 20
    2) Sony DCR-TRV22
    3) Canon ZR70

    If anyone has any experience with any of these cameras that could sway me either way, I would appreciate your input.

    Many thanks,
  2. P-Worm macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Trust me on this one:

    Get the Panasonic PV-GS70.

    You can find it for $750 and you are not going to find a better picture than that sucker. I just got mine and I couldn't be happier with it. You see, this camera has 3 CCD's. Regular camcorders only have one so you get color bleed. But 3 CCD's allows the color to be split in to it's components for nearly flawless picture quality.

    Get the Panasonic PV-GS70 and I promice that you will be happy with your decision.

    Email me or use iChat (AIM handle pworm420) if you want any more info.

  3. dabirdwell macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2002
    If you buy online, Sony's TRV-38 also falls in your price range and offers a little more than the 22
  4. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Buy it from B&H. Or Crutchfield. Good service, cheap shipping, nice prices. Have had good luck with both.
  5. FriarTuck macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2003
    Chicago area
    The Panasonic is $900 at B & H. I got the TRV 22 for nearly $300 less there ($630).

    Of course, you can always pay 50 percent more and get a better camera. But I though we had a budget here.

    Canon makes great still cameras, but you will find lots of folks unhappy with their DV stuff.
  6. Blackstealth macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2003
    Bradford, UK
    If you go with Canon it's only their pro DV stuff that's any good, their low end consumer range isn't worth the cardboard it comes in.

    I've got an XL1S at work and I wouldn't trade it for anything, it's the smoothest piece of kit I've worked with in a long time.

    I'd second the Panasonic, 3 CCDs makes all the difference.
  7. trebblekicked macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2002
    Chicago, IL, USA
    be aware; consumer electronics is not B&H's strongpoint. Of three consumer grade products i bought there this year, two broke (SVHS VCR and Sharp MiniDV Viewcam) less than a month after their respective warranties expired. bad luck? maybe. just wanted to let you know.

    but as for the camera, i agree w/ P-Worm in the Panasonic. if you can' find it in your price range, the sony seems the best bet. i also own a couple XL1's, and have used a ZR-10, and canon's consumer line is less than stellar.
  8. iN8 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2002
    The Bahamas
    I read a review that said the low light performace of the TRV33 was worse than the TRV22 due to its smaller CCD. I don't know how worse it is?

    Edit: Sorry, I read 33 not 38. Disregard my comments.
  9. iN8 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2002
    The Bahamas

    Thanks for your input so far. I was a little iffy about Canon's low light performance, but have read good reviews about the Optura 20 which kind of swayed me back to their side, though only for that model.

    I also like the TRV22 a lot. My only con (but it's not major) is the touchscreen, I prefer buttons.
  10. iN8 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2002
    The Bahamas
    Does anyone have any experience purchasing from

    They have good prices, but they may be too good.
  11. StarmanDeluxe macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2003
    San Diego
    I got the Elura 40MC at for something like $650. It's an awesome, really small camera, and at that price (it retails for $999) it's hard to pass up.
  12. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    B&H doesn't manufacture the products, they just sell them. I don't think they're selling a special batch of products that are set to break right after the warranty expires. I think you've got some bad luck there, my friend.

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