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Recommendations for a good mini-DV camcorder?

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Tom Baker1 Level 3 Level 3 (585 points)
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May 14, 2012 6:39 PM

I'm using FCP 5 on a G5 Mac (made in 2005), shooting my video with a little Canon Elura 100 mini-DV camcorder (made in 2006) -- I'm rather stuck in the past I guess.

 

I know mini-DV is obsolete, and modern camcorders are capturing their video to internal flash drives, but I still have lots of mini-DV tapes (I bought a batch of 50 and have only used a few) so I guess I'll stick with tape for a while yet. (I don't think FCP 5 can import today's flash-based video anyway, can it?)

 

Anyway, the little old Elura is getting tired, so I'm going to replace it with another mini-DV camera, even if I buy a used one, and I thought I'd step up to a bigger and better mini-DV camcorder. I don't really need HD, either (the old G5 and FCP 5 may not be able to handle HD anyway).

 

Any recommendations for a high-quality Mini-DV camcorder?

 

Thanks!

 

Tom

Mac OS X (10.5.8), 8 GB of RAM
  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,660 points)
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    May 14, 2012 7:37 PM (in response to Tom Baker1)

    They don't make MiniDV cameras anymore.  You will only find them used...

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,395 points)
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    May 14, 2012 9:06 PM (in response to Tom Baker1)

    Actually, B&H is still showing a mini-DV camera in stock, but get one quick - they are likely the last of a breed at the consumer level:

     

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/597424-REG/Canon_3686B001_VIXIA_HV40_High_ Definition.html

     

    Will shoot SD DV on mini-DV, and then when you are ready, you can start shooting HD.

    Check out the number of positive ratings. I have the HV30 that preceeded it, and for what it is, it does a very nice job.

     

    MtD

  • Jim Cookman Level 7 Level 7 (23,435 points)
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    May 15, 2012 7:23 AM (in response to Tom Baker1)

    Look for a DVX100-- a or b-- great cameras, I recently retired one.  Never any problem with it.

  • Jim Cookman Level 7 Level 7 (23,435 points)
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    May 18, 2012 11:31 AM (in response to Tom Baker1)

    That's pretty amusing.  Actually, showing up with that camera was just the opposite.  My clients don't trust the smaller cameras one bit.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    May 22, 2012 10:10 AM (in response to Jim Cookman)

    You might want to make sure that what ever DV camera you get, that it can shoot anamorphic (16:9) not letterboxed.  Wide screen is the way to go in  most cases and youtube pillarboxes 4:3 material which makes it look old.

     

    And Jim is right on the dvx100a or b.  Great cameras and alot of the interface/form factor matches newer panasonic cameras like the hmc150 so it will make your future transition to HD a little easier.

  • Stockholm Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    May 23, 2012 9:50 PM (in response to Tom Baker1)

    I would recommend Panasonic GS500.

    It was the last DV cam they made and it shoots anamorphic (16:9).

     

    It´s a great camera and I think that it would be pretty easy to get a used one since they sold a lot of them.

     

     

    Cheers

     

    Hans

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    May 24, 2012 6:45 AM (in response to Tom Baker1)

    doesn't look like this has xlr audio inputs.  If you want good quality audio, this could be a deal killer.  Check to make sure you can at least set audio levels. 

  • Stockholm Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

    You don´t need XLR to get good audio that is a myth, and yes you can adjust miclevel.

     

    Get Rode Videomic  and you will have great audio.

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