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Hard Drive Camcorder with A/V INPUTS

by psychofiend / October 9, 2007 1:19 PM PDT

Hello All,

Only hard drive camcorder that I found with A/V inputs seems to be discontinued. I would rather not have to use tapes (hate em, hence why I've never purchased a camcorder).

Thanks for the help all! My searching so far has been futile.

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by boya84 / October 9, 2007 1:41 PM PDT

Why do you "hate" digital (miniDV) tape?

They provide best video quality because of very little compression (as compared to internal hard drive or DVD based media for consumer camcorders), do not limit the amount of video you can capture (unless you run out of tape - I usually carry 5-12 in my case), are an "automatic" archive of the captured video, are small, and the cost per megabyte is low...

Just curious...

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by psychofiend / October 10, 2007 12:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Fascinating...

I have never liked carrying around a bunch of tapes, and I'm looking for a camcorder that I can connect to a mounted cam on my motorcycle. I will be stashin the camcorder into a tank bag and space is a commodity.

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so.. other than the tapes - which are quite small
by boya84 / October 10, 2007 3:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Tapes

Hard drive cameras and miniDV tape cameras are the same size... so either will fit in the bag.

The Sony HDR HC96 is perfect for that - the LANC port is especially useful because you can use a wired remote to start/stop recording. I *think* it is the cheapest/smallest camcorder available with a LANC port. It is possible the Sony hard drive camcorders have that LANC port too...

The helmet cam manufacturer sites list compatible cameras.

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by psychofiend / October 10, 2007 10:21 AM PDT

Well, I'll give it a shot and check it out.

Thanks for the help mate,


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The other thing that comes to mind
by boya84 / October 11, 2007 8:46 AM PDT
In reply to: hmm..

in the shooting environment you mentioned... Motorcycles vibrate... a lot. Having been an IT manager, I can't recommend with a straight face that anyone put a hard drive based camcorder through that kind of environmental mess. The heads and platter in the hard drive would be exposed to forces I do not believe they were designed for. I think the miniDV tape environment for you would be the most "forgiving"...

Your best bet would be something solid state (RAM) because they don't use any sort of drive mechanism to move discs, or tape, but those camcorders don't have what you need... i.e., AV-in (I looked at the Sony HDR-CX7 and Panasonic HDR-S200). The closest I can get is the Panasonic AG-HVX200, but it is too large for your requirement - and likely more camera that you want to deal with and P2 cards come with their own set of "issues".

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