[MacDV] In the market for a new Camcorder

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Mon May 11 06:06:37 PDT 2009

Good questions, answers are not that staightforward.
Search through CNET, if I recall there are plenty of HD camera reviews
and discussion,  like




Basically, Cameras that record to disk may or may not use some form of
compression. Cameras that record to tape do not, just like SD tape

Some cameras do not capture full 1080 HD, i.e. cheat a little.  I don't
think you can get a 1080p camera in the consumer world. 25fps requires
some work flow changes, but not HD.

I use a Canon HV30, lots of bang for the buck, high quality, records to
tape at 1080i and can be set to 30 or 25 FPS.

 for cannon info


On Sat, 09 May 2009 01:50 +1000, "Conlon Brett" <brettnlis at bigpond.com>
> Hiya,
> Not too long ago I mentioned on this list that I dropped my Panasonic  
> GS-400 on the concrete, after which the captured image became quite  
> yellow. I've had a service assessment on it and they tell me the CCD  
> needs replacing ($700 AUD).
> So I can either throw good money at an old machine or potentially look  
> at a new device - which would of course be HD.
> Being quite a fan of the Panasonic, I've read a few reviews for the  
> Panasonic HDC-HS300 and am interested in it. Anyone have this model or  
> any feelings about it? Other preferences, perhaps?
> Now, moving to the HD arena I have a few other questions...
> I've been a fan of tapes  to date (per MB they are/were good value) -  
> or am I just way behind the times??? My concerns moving to HD are  
> regarding quaity. Most cameras capture in MPEG-2, right? (I think some  
> also capture in .mov). I've felt concerned capturing in MPEG-2 (a  
> heavily compressed format) then downloading to the computer for  
> editing, then to re-encode again for authoring to DVD. Is there an  
> appropriate workflow to maintain quality?
> I've been shooting in 16:9 and would like to continue to do so. I'm  
> not fully up on the appropriate/best resolutions 1080 (is there a  
> 1080p or something?). Is there a good, quick read somewhere for  
> getting myself updated with the newer standards?
> Sorry, lotsa questions, I know...
> Any/all help most appreciated!!!  8-)
> Cheers,
> Cojcolds
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