Would I notice a difference going from.....

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Airforce, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    A Samsung SCD80 camcorder to a new zr850?

    I currently have an SCD80 ( http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Compact-Digital-Camcorder-Display/dp/B000069F70 ) and I'm wondering if the quality of the video would be worth going to a new zr850? ( http://www.amazon.com/Canon-ZR850-MiniDV-Camcorder-Optical/dp/B000M4JDQQ )

    I've had the Samsung for a good 4-5 years and the zr850 would only run me about $150 new. Worth it? My usual tasks are video taping random special events outdoors and in with the family, editing with imovie, making DVDs, ect.
  2. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    I have no experience with either of these cameras, so it's difficult to give you advice, but based on the product specs, the zr850 is not amazingly different than the SCD80. The 850 is obviously newer, with better zooms and some more features. Both have image stabilization and both have the same size CCD chip. The CCD is basically the part that gives you color accuracy, so don't expect a huge difference in image quality. Granted, the newer CCD chips are always better, but I wouldn't expect anything groundbreaking. I think that if you think you'd use some of the extra features that come with the 850, then it's probably worth it. If you're buying it just for better image quality, then i'd save my money. I wouldn't expect to huge a difference. Then again, i'm just basing this off of technical specs. I've never actually used either camera. You might want to take a look at the reviews too. That might help.


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