the video from the ZR400... just our of curiosity, how did you transfer the video from camcorder to computer? Via USB or Firewire?
Just so you know, standard definition video comes out to be ~13 gig per hour imported. Is this what you consider "huge"?
If you liked the JVC GZ-MG130, how come you aren't getting that? Be aware that JVC uses a proprietary file format on their hard drive camcorders - not a big deal as there are workarounds, but something you should know.
For your price range, I don't think there is a decent hard drive based camcorder. Best video quality does come from miniDV tape (and the videographer's skill/experience)... I'd be looking at the Canon ZR800, 850, Panasonic PV GS320 and Sony HDR-HC96...
Hello everyone, I joined this forum to get some suggestions for a video camera. Last year my MiniDV Canon ZR400 was stolen from me. I didn't like the video quality when it was transferred to my computer.
What I'll be doing is taping fishing, hunting, and camping trips, and general stuff.
I want high quality video that is pleasant to the eye on a normal computer monitor, but I don't want huge files like my old digital camera (Fujifilm E550) took.
I don't need a load of features. I do want a good amount of zoom, because I'll be shooting film outdoors at distances more than half of the time.
Here is an example of what I might do :
1. Go fishing and tape all of the catches.
2. Go home and edit them.
3. Put the occasional video on my website.
I read a couple of guidelines, but I'd like some personal recommendations.
I've seen some test videos from both Hard Drive and point&shoot/flash video cameras. I saw some test videos of the JVS GZ-MG130 and the quality was superb to my digital-video-inexperienced-eyes.
I am not quite sure of my budget, but I do know the range; around $400.
Any suggestions? I'd greatly appreciate any help.