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Digital Camcorder - To buy or Not to buy

"To buy or not to buy a Digital Camcorder".

This is the question I have been facing for the last two weeks.

I have an analog camcorder and my main motivation for going for a digital one was that I would be able to edit and conveniently save video clips onto a CD or DVD. But just when I was about to make up my mind on a mini-DV model, I learned that even an analog camcorder's content can be loaded into a computer (although it's not as straightforward as the digital content).

If that's the case, I have been asking myself, then why shouldn't I continue with the analog camcorder until it dies. Digital camcorder technology is improving every year and if I can buy some time for the technology to get stabilized, I may get something whose life has a longer springtime, relatively speaking. Or I may get something that is really convenient, like digital camcorder-camera combo where camera's quality is really good.

What do you wise folks think?

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Digital Camcorder - To buy or Not to buy

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True all you need is a $30 video capture card to import video into your PC.
The picture quality of MiniDV is the same as DVD so it is much higher than analog.
Analog video quality in PC terms is 320x240, where as DVD is 640x480 or 4 times more pixels than analog. This would be
MiniDV is stablized it is the standard!!!!
But the cost is comming down.

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One of the reasons I went to mini-DV from VHS was the

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abominable sound capabilities in VHS. It could record my daughter singing, and make you shudder when the lousy sound played back. It also had no provision for an external mic, so even if you wanted to use one you could not.

Another thing that bugged me was the old focusing system. If the camera 'saw' someone's shoulder in the corner of the image, its focus might change and blur the image.

So, the bottom line is a lot of improvement in performance and results. However, a mini-DV tape can only hold about 60 minutes whereas a VHS tape should hold two hours or more. Also, HDV units are on the scene, and more are coming. If you think you might go for these (probably $2,000 and up), then maybe you should wait.

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Thanks for the first two replies. If there are any other wise people, please let me benefit from your wisdom.

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