Where did you hear that mini-dv holds less information than dvd??
Mini-dvd camcorders can only record about 20 minutes of video on the best quality setting. They also record in mpeg-2 format, which is very highly compressed.
Mini-dv can record up to 90 minutes on a single tape with best quality.
It is also much, much less compressed.
Firewire is the standard for video transfer to a computer.
It can transfer at a max rate of about 400mbps.
USB2 can not even come close to that.
If you are talking about USB2 "high speed", then that can transfer at a max rate of 480mbps. You camcorder has to support high speed USB2, which most don't.
Older technology doesn't always mean it's not as good. : )
I am looking at buying my first camcorder, with a budget in th $500 - $1000 range (in Australia). Would anyone please be kind enough to comment on the differences between miniDV and DVD as a format? I understand that editing is simpler with miniDV, but that this is older technology, and that the media do not contain as much information. Also, it needs a firewire connection to your PC (which I don't currently have)
On the other hand, a DVD camera is more expensive, and editing is not really practical, but connection is via a USB2 port and the 8 cm DVDs hold a lot more information.
Any comments will be gratefully received.