MiniDV image quality is better.
By the way, multiple posts won't get different answers...
MiniDV tape provides flexibility in storage option that a hard drive based camera does not allow for. There is a lot of good information in this thread http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-7594-0.html?forumID=59&threadID=210249&messageID=2241206
Also in this thread, there's a link to a VERY comprehensive list of cameras, pricing and very thorough reviews.
What matters is what is being taped... What are you or is he going to edit the video on? When you run out of tape, take the full one out, put a new one in. When you run out of hard drive space on the camera, you need to copy it somewhere or delete video from the camera hard drive.
I need help choosing a camcorder for my Father In law. My father in law is in his mid 60's and does not know alot about technical things, but we want to buy him one for Christmas. He likes to video family events both indoor and outdoors. I don't know how to choose what type of camcorder that is easy to use and easy to play back at home or when visting relatives.
I was thinking of getting a DVD but I am not that familiar with the differences between mini DV and DVD. We want to spend around $400. So far I am looking at the sony DCR-DVD105 or Canon Elura 100. Any other suggestions on models or types of camera woudl be easy to use for someone that does not know alot about technical things?