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Where do I begin to figure out what Camcorder to buy?

I had a Sony for the last 7 years and we lost it. I used High 8 tape-so now what should i look for in a camcorder. I want to be able to EASILY burn them to a CD or DVD...


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Where do I begin to figure out what Camcorder

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Do you have a lot of hi8mm tapes that you want to still want to play??
If so good news, you can get a Sony D8mm camera this will play your hi8 tapes and all new recorings will be digital. Since it has a firewire port you can import ALL you videos in to your PC and edit them and burn them to a DVD. The best one is this DCR-TRV480.

Now for the bad news.
Digital 8mm is on the WAY OUT. MiniDV is IN!! DON'T bother with DVD cameras!! Hard drive cameras are starting to appear.
If I were in your position I would get an inexpensive hi8mm ($200) and a good miniDV($450 &up) that has the analog to digitial pass throught feature. Here are some links. John

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Sony DVD handycams

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We have just bought a sony DCR-DVD703E which records to DVD-R and DVD-RW discs. This works well and I'm not so sure that this format is destined for the scrapheap yet. The -RW double sided 8cm disc holds 60mins of recording time and is easily compatible with our Dell PC. So far I'm pleased with the camera although it is early days.
The 8cm DVD recording format appears superior to MiniDV tapes due to the ease of transfer to PC which I'm sure most camcorder users will use to edit/download and finally burn to DVD for archival purposes.
As to the hard drive format that is appearing, I cannot comment, other than to observe that transfer to a PC will still entail a pipeline albeit it firewire or usb 2.0. The 8cm DVD format seems convenient and quick in enabling transfer and indeed instant playing in DVD player to TV display. Sony is obviously promoting this format with TV advertising and I would be suprised if they had got their strategy wrong! At this point I would just offer the opinion that the DVD format is worthy of consideration and to my mind may well be the shape of camcorders to come.

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Before you dive into DVD cams

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