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leapinglizards
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DV tape? Mini Disc? SD? Hard Disk?

Any opinions on what QUALITIES or STANDARDS one should look for as MINIMUMS?

Looking for opinions on things such as resolution, storage medium, and brands you have personal experience with.

Thanks,

Dean
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What are you looking to do? There are different "best cameras" for different objectives.

Examples with sample solutions:
Record video for a promo video to be delivered on a standard definition DVD. You could use a miniDV camera.
Record clips for broadcast spots for advertisements in your market. Better to use a DVCPro50 camera.
Produce a weekly/biweekly/monthy video podcast for online 'fanbase' and viral marketing. You could use a hard disk camera.

These are just quick ideas, but you can see that "it depends" on what you want to do.

Also, do you want to record to tape, DVD or flash memory cards. I personally love the flash memory cards, but be prepared to spend more money on hard drive and optical drive backups.

There are many variables, as you can see. But regardless of these variables, there are a few things I would say to stay away from no matter what:

Stay away from mini discs (records to a mini DVD). Several reasons. DVDs compress your footage pretty harshly. miniDV uses a 25 MB/sec standard, DVD maxes out at 9 and typically averages from 5-7. Ouch. It's a great format for grandmothers who just want to watch their grandkids on TV right away.

Let us know what you plan on doing so we can help with better specifics.

Best,
Scott
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Sony cameras especially the vx 2100 are very good in lowlight.
but is this beyond your budget? Will you need the footage
5 years from now if everything goes high definition and widescreen?
Will you edit with mac or pc? How will get the footage into the computer?
Just some of the costs and questions before you buy. You might get a
package deal.
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What Scott said.

For the little bit of use I need it for, my Panasonic 3CCD mini-dv cam has been great. Got it at Circuit City for around $500.

Robert
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What model Robert?
RobertBloor
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Mghia,

I'm on the road right now and it's at home. So I'm guessing but I want to say the PVGS120? Or something to that effect. Slightly older model. I bought it in 2005.

Robert
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