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HDD Camcorders when full

by classyclass / May 3, 2007 12:17 AM PDT

If I buy an hdd camcorder and I go on vacation. When the hdd is full, how can I unload it to do more recording? I do not have a lap top. Can I use a flash drive? Or When I use up the hdd in the camera am I just done shooting video?
I really like the
-Sony -Handycam Camcorder with 40GB Hard Disk Drive DCR-SR200
-Sony -Handycam Camcorder with 30GB Hard Disk DCR-SR42
I was really considering a minidv until I went to Best Buy and looked at the HDD camcorders. I just cannot go on a 2-week vacation with only 6 hours or so of recording time. the lady at Best Buy said that the DCR-SR200 says up to 28 hours of record time, but in the lowest quality recording mode, and that was not very good quality. She said to get the best quality I would only get about 4 to 5 hours of record time with a 40 gb. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.

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Some suggestions...
by whizkid454 / May 3, 2007 6:12 AM PDT

There is a DVD burner called the DVDirect which allows you to hook the camera up to it and will let you transfer your clips to DVD. Save the DVD and upload to the computer when you get home.

Another option would be to buy the larger version of the camcorder you were talking about. Sony offers the SR200C which increases the HDD size up to 100GB, more than double the original SR200. The SR42A increases its size from 30GB to 60GB.

If neither two options work for you, miniDV is the next item of choice.

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We should also note that DVDs are considerably more fragile
by Kiddpeat / May 3, 2007 11:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Some suggestions...

than hard drives and miniDV tape. Of course, the tape is the most robust of all. This is one of the problems with hard drives, but it gets worse. Where do you put the stuff when you get home? Do you immediately begin on working and editing a DVD? Do you offload to more DVDs? It's a bit of a problem.

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medium setting
by Springer007 / May 8, 2007 5:58 AM PDT

Its not an all or nothing kind of deal. You can reduce the quality to a medium setting and still get about 14 hours with out going all the way to the low setting.

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