For the Average Joe who wants to import and edit footage from a camcorder, the DV tape format gives you what you need. DV tape is MUCH less compressed, so the result, once you import, edit and burn to DVD, should a better picture. Importing from a DVD means that you are taking a format the is already compress (the end result of burning a DV tape to DVD), uncompressing for import, editing and recompressing back to DVD. Unless you are working with a high-end camera that shoots HD video to a hard-drive, memory card or disc, and has something like a Firewire or similar export port, it seems the mini-DV format is better. I wouldn't worry about mini-DV being obsolete yet. I think the life-span of the average camera will expire before mini-DV becomes obsolete, and then you'll need a new camera anyways. Then worry about it.
I am just about to purchase my first camcorder and I've heard mixed feedback about formats. I was all set to buy a MiniDV camcorder (better quality, more flexibility for editing) but then I read a few things about MiniDVs being on their way out. I don't want to buy something that's going to be obselete in a year.
So, does anyone know the downside of straight to DVD? Or the upside? Is the only downside that you can't burn it to your computer and edit it?