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Should I buy Canon or Sony DVD camcorder?

by questa98 / October 21, 2005 6:11 AM PDT

I currently have a Samsung mini-DV camcorder. My husband is convinced we need a DVD camcorder. My head is spinning after an afternoon trying to figure out what to buy. I wasn't really happy with my Samsung, but have stuck it out anyway.

I want to play the DVD's directly in to my DVD player and in my computer (I have a DVD drive) and I want something that will have a good quality video. I'm not out to spend $1000. Most importantly I don't want something that will need to be replaced in a year or two. I want a good camcorder.

Anyone? I have heard that Sony is crap. lol Canon only has 2 to choose from. Pansonic, seems cheap. I just don't know.

Any advice, would be appreciated.


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Don't buy a DVD camcorder is my experienced reply
by healyp / October 21, 2005 8:56 PM PDT

I bought the Sony and was used a few times and put on the shelf. The limited 20 min time is too little for most events. Stay with tape camcorders. The cost of disks is much higher and what I do is us RW disks and edit and move to standard DVD format.

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I agree
by Chip_Leader / October 22, 2005 1:28 AM PDT

Not sure why if you have a Mini DV recorder already you would go and plop down more $$$ for a DVD one.

Unless you just think the one you have now does not work very well, and thus you are looking for a new camcorder anyway, then I guess you could think about if mini dv versus dvd is for you. But just to replace one that works with another I would not.

By the way, I just recently purchased a camcorder, and for my needs I did go with the Mini dvd becasue the tapes are cheaper, I plan on dumping and editing on PC then burning DVDs, and in my opinion if you want to just watch the tape it is not that hard to just plugh the camera into the tv and play it that way. takes about 5 seconds to plug in the plugs and hit play on the camcorder anyway. ps I bought a Canon Elura 85 and love it

just my two cents. sorry I didnot really answer your question about which dvd to but though

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by mikey14s / October 25, 2005 2:44 PM PDT

You should for sure buy the canon. It;s alot easier to transfer videos to your computer and edit them

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