This Handycam fits most of my requirements. I coach high jump and use Handycam both at trainiing and at competitions. Started with analogue cams some 15 years ago, so when digital Handycams came out some 4 years ago, I graduated to a Digital8 TRV355E. This was a great pmprovement over analogue. Of course I had to upgrade my Mac to run MoxOSX. This combinatiion gave acceptable DVD.
So, some 18 months ago, I purchased a DVD Handycam- a sad mistake! The compression required to produce MPEG2 DVDs gave unacceptable results in playback, especially in stop frame or slow motion.
Back to miniDV format led me to the Sony HD 96.
Now I get excellent videos with the mini tape and stills using Memorystick.
Limitaions and settings are-
I cannot use EASY mode as shutter speed too slow- blurred images with motion shots.
I need to set PROGRAM AE to SPORTS to prevent blurring. However, under low light conditions, I get underexposed clips. I can correct this in iMovie.
WHITE BALANCE needs to be set for outdoors.
I had to get use to delay in focusing for new clip- this is common for all auto focus cameras.
Please understand, I use the cam as a tool, NOT as a hobby. So, I am not concerned about delicate picture qualities such as best brightness, colour, white level etc etc.
Once the Handycam is set up for ease of use- like placing required features in first MENU, I find it very easy to use.I had to invest in a couple of 240 minute lithium batteries- NOT those overpriced ones from Sony !
Now my problem is that I can't transfer to the High definition HDV 1080i or HDV 720p formats in iMovie- it reverts to DV mode. I know iMovie has it's own quirks like not clearly playing back imported film clips- problems with interlace.
Without spending considerable time in finding a solution, can any Mac enthusiast help out ?
I have a new Imac
Machine Name: iMac
Machine Model: iMac5,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
Memory: 1 GB
Bus Speed: 667 MH
OS 10.4.8 with all updates.
With a 500G HD.
Is the Firewire a limiting factor ?