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Internal Hard Disk Drive vs. Internal Flash Memory

by kalbeckman / January 27, 2009 2:11 AM PST

I'm shoping for a new high definition camcorder. Either a sony or canon. I'm good with the camcorder but need help with the terms. What's the difference between an internal hard disk drive (like on the Vixia HG21) and an internal flash memory (like on the Vixia HF10) besides the size of memory (in this case 120GB vs 16GB)? Thanks.

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by whizkid454 / January 27, 2009 4:20 AM PST

The main thing is that the flash memory is more durable than the hard drive. Hence, you will be able to use it in more extreme conditions (within reason). Price also? Hard drives store more GB per dollar.

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by chickenorfish / January 27, 2009 6:54 AM PST
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the hard drive is magnetic discs exactly like your computer. if you bounce around a lot it can lock up til u get steady, and an extremely slim chance that you can loose data if the hard drive fails

the internal memory is basically a non-removable memory card in the cam. no moving parts, saves battery life, and cheaper.

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Sorry, but I have to disagree.
by whizkid454 / January 27, 2009 8:17 AM PST
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Internal flash memory is MUCH MORE expensive than internal hard disks.

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by chickenorfish / January 27, 2009 9:25 AM PST

sure, per GB. but if you dont plan on using all 120gb than the internal 16gb plus a 16gb external card will be plenty

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