video it stores is higher quality, and the media is both more durable and easier to handle. The mini-DV stores about 13 gigabytes for 60 minutes of video. That far surpasses what a DVD can do even when burned by a desktop computer. The DVD can store more than 60 minutes of video, but only after compressing the data.
I think you will find that all high end cameras use the mini-DV format. Think Canon GL2 or Sony VX2100 and even higher end cameras like the Canon XL2 or Sony PD-170. That should tell you what you need to know.
I was about to get the Sony HC42 MiniDV camcorder untill the salesman showed me the DCR-DVD301.
However after reading some reviews here on CNET, I get the feeling that the DVD format for camcorders is not yet ready for prime time. What is your feeling. Am I better of sticking with a MiniDV or is the DVD as good as it will get?
I know the prices are different, but the video quality and ease of operation is my main concern. Any input will be appreciated.