miniDV is still the choice for professionals. However, manufacturers make what consumers want, and they want DVDs and Hard Disks as recording medium. In the High D range, CANON has models for mini DV and HDV tapes, in additional to Hard Disk and DVDs, but choices are few.
I'm getting pretty confused/upset. I'm a Macbook owner (first-gen), and love using iMovie with my old Sony camcorder over Firewire to import/edit/upload home movies. So I was naturally really excited when the new Macbooks were announced - and upset about lack of Firewire!
So, now I'm starting to look for a new camcorder with USB - HD, of course. And now I'm getting completely screwed up from the available formats. Does no one really archive their raw footage anymore? I keep hearing how miniDV is on the way out - but that means that the only viable format option is DVD. Which only stores 20 mins. of highly compressed video. Is this a joke? Do I have to import all my media to the computer from an HDD camcorder, then save it to a full-sized DVD?
Basically, my question is, is miniDV _really_ on its way out, or can I safely buy a miniDV-based HD camcorder?