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by Pittsburgh33 / May 7, 2007 8:36 AM PDT

Looking at buying either a Sony DCS-SR82 or DCR-SR200. Have been using a Digital * camcorder for the past five years, and want to "upgrade". Any suggestions on which of the hard drives would be better??

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Well....
by whizkid454 / May 7, 2007 8:47 AM PDT
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The SR200 would be a better camcorder overall, but this really depends on what you would be using it for. Please tell what you will be doing mostly with your camcorder and in what conditions. Have you done your research?

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wizkid454 from Pittsburgh33
by Pittsburgh33 / May 7, 2007 9:12 AM PDT
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Using it for family affairs,ie:weddings, outings, parties, both indoors and outdoors.

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Some questions...
by whizkid454 / May 7, 2007 10:03 AM PDT

Is there a reason why you chose HDD over MiniDV or Digital 8? There is nothing necessarily wrong with your choice, but I am just curious. Have you read through the forum and received information about each format? How long do you plan to record? Continuously?

Now onto the camcorder, since it seems most of your shooting situations will be indoors (and outdoors), a larger sensor will get you better low-light performance. The SR200 has a 1/3" CMOS sensor whereas the SR82 has a 1/5.5" CCD sensor. The larger the sensor and the larger the pixels, the better low-light performance you will get. If you have the money for the SR200 and you are sure this is right for your needs, have at it.

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Since you've been using Digital8
by boya84 / May 7, 2007 8:49 AM PDT
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and it employs the same DV format as miniDV, your moving to a hard drive based camcorder might get you a new camera, but I would not necessarily call it an upgrade since the compression used to store the video on the hard drive brings the quality to less than the digital tape quality...

The only "upgrade to hard drive" I would consider an actual upgrade would be to use an external hard drive like the FireStore. It encodes the same way D8 and miniDV tape does (not like the built-in hard drives)... They FireStore site has a compatibility chart...

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