Please help Newbie with Intel iMac choose most convenient digital camcorder

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by waterbuck, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. waterbuck macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2008
    I have an Intel iMac (2 GHz with 2GB RAM).
    I'm planning a trip with my dad to his native country and this will be my main chance to hear important stories about his childhood.

    I need a convenient camcorder, <$1000.
    Key priorities for me are
    (a) easy and fast transfer of data to the iMac
    (b) easy to make DVD's from the data, with possibility of editing a bit.
    (c) camera itself should have some shake-reduction and easy controls

    I don't know if I need HD.
    I do know how to edit with iMovie, but I don't desire to spend a lot of time converting formats.

    What would be reasonable?
  2. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    It is really one or the other, I haven't seen any magical cameras that meet both of those requirements.

    That said, I would suggest something like the Canon HV20 which can be had for under $700 on Amazon. It shoots on miniDV tapes, so your capture time will be equal to the amount of footage you're bringing in. It's not a big deal, 'cause you can go do something else while this runs. MiniDV tape is also a very reliable backup.

    Creating the DVD is the same for any format. You have to recompress the video regardless of how you shoot.

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