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I'm looking into buying a camcorder and need some input on the many, many options. I just need something simple for family outings and, of course, the occasional 8 meet.
I've never heard anyone complain about Canon, and the Canon camera I have is great so I started there. The budget is tight, so I'm looking at the options in the $200-400 range.
I want to be able to transfer vids to my PC, but never used mini DV. Is it a simple method for downloading to PC? There are camcorder options that use memory card, too. Which is better, or does it even matter?
Zoom ratio is 35x - 48x on most. My guess is that's fine for what I need, but any thoughts/experiences will be appreciated.
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I recently bought this cam and have had no complaints thus far... the only problem is that you have to buy the SD card seperatly, which could run you up another hundo depending on how big the one you want is (8GB).
Uses the Mini-Dv tapes. Hooks up to the computer with a firewire cable so you would need a firewire port on your PC or Mac.
I use Windows XP and it works great with it. I bought it mainly for track day events which is why I went with a cheaper one that used tapes. I have no complaints so far other than it has no hookup for an external mic.