Camcorders for Powerbook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by SkudShark, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. SkudShark macrumors member


    Mar 19, 2004
    Hi, was looking at camcorders for powerbooks and I had a question:

    if the software doesn't say its MAC compatible, will the camcorder still work for the mac with iMovie and whatnot?

    the ones i'm debating on are the:
    Sony DCRHC-30

    Canon Elura 65

    or the one in question with MAC compatibility: Panasonic PVG-S120

    I'd like the panasonic cause it has 3 CCD's and suppsoedly has the best color reproduction. But I can't tell if it'll work on my PB. Any input? Course Crutchfield's website says it works for mac but Panasonic's website says it doesn't.... And iMovie will convert prerecorded tapes no problem, you don't have to stream in live video right?

    So will it work and whatcha think of the camcorders? :)

    Thanks ^_^
  2. LaMerVipere macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2004
    Apple is notoriously slow at updating its iMovie compatability list. But the theory goes, that any digicamcorder with firewire will be recognized by iMovie. :)
  3. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    I went with the Sony and I am really satisfied with this decision. I was considering basically the same cameras as you, and I don't think you can go wrong with any of them. I would suspect the Panasonic will work with iMovie as well. Just my two cents.
  4. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    I am putting in a plug for Sony camcorders as well. A best-buy for the money. Also, don't buy from Crutchfield - WAY overpriced. Instead, use Pricegrabber :D
  5. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Yeah, ht elist is hopelessly out of date. I have the PV-GS70, which I think is simply last year's GS120. It works fine. I haven't found any incompatabilities yet, and all the basics work--get movies on to imac, and get final movies back on to DV tape.
  6. SkudShark thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 19, 2004

    Oh never planned to buy from crutchfiled, they just had the easiest Hyperlinks to show :)

    I ended up witht he Panasonic and truly am amazed, the color (especially outdoor shots) is incredible :) And streams to imovie just fine.

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