well a coupla things,
first of all, what you're seeing in posts are problems, which give a skewed view. xferring from a minDV cam to a computer via a firewire connection is actually very easy-- I just bought a liteon DVD burner that came with bundled software that actually does the whole xfer from cam to DVD in one step. amazing. you WILL need a firewire card in your PC but that's easy and cheap ($20) to install. (editing is a little tougher, as I find any editing program other than premiere to be rather clunky-- but that's a problem regardless of your source media format)
I can't see how the problems of inputting analogue video would be any greater than minidv. ALSO many miniDV cams have an analogue A-V (audio-video) out so you can use it for now just like a VHS cam source if firewire bothers you.
also, while not knowing your exact use, the difference in quality (specifically, the clarity of the picture, also the sound) between analogue VHS and miniDV is so great (and it is huge) that it's well worth whatever extra effort (if any) it calls for. once you record on VHS, going to DVD will not "put the quality back."
buying VHS now is buying obsolescence. my vote, go with miniDV --jl
My wife and I are not at all "computer friendly"...so we are wondering if recording onto Mini-DV tapes and then transferring them to our computer and then saving the video to a DVD for permanent storage is easier or more "user friendly" than using a VHS-C cassette camcorder and transferring that to a standard VHS tape for permanent storage (with eventual transfer to DVD) would be easier...from the questions on this forum, it seems like the downloading from the Mini-DV tapes to the computer to a DVD takes a lot of computer savvy. Might we be better waiting for the digital technology to become cheaper and easier ("plug-and-play") and just buy a VHS-C camcorder now, rather than buy a Mini-DV camcorder and have to scramble to find software that allows the transfer to DVD?