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Thursday September 05, 2002
04:32 AM

DV cameras?

[ #7537 ]

Recommendations on DV cameras would be appreciated.

Consumerish; I have a huge digital photo camera already, don't want a huge digital video camera too. So size is a factor.

Image and sound quality is too. You see, I try to make up for lack of skill with technical quality. :-) The GL2 looks fun, but huge. Huge not good.

"Value for money" is important too too, but price not too much.

I've looked at the Canon cameras, but I just get really confused. What's cool? What should I look for?

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  • I've heard good things about the Sony 120.
  • I have a Panasonic I'm very happy with, though I can't remember the model number (it's at home, I'm at work).

    I bought it after looking through Consumer Reports [consumerreports.org] (the print edition). You have to pay for the actual product ratings, but they have free "Buying advice" that lists major vendors, features to look for, and so on.

  • Just after OSCON2002 I bought myself a Canon Elura 40MC [canondv.com] which I'm very impressed with. (Disclaimer: I work for Canon). My key reason for choosing it was its size: it is smaller than my old Kodak still digital camera! I chose Canon as they're generally good at hardware, and have good image stabilisation (much more important than you think). The 40MC has DV in, which is also dead useful: hard disk is still quite expensive so it's good to move everything back to tape. The zoom is pretty good. I haven't actuall
    • The Elura is what I've had most eyes on so far too. I'll try finding a store where I can play with them a bit.

      The Optura models look attractive too. I can't quite figure out what the big difference is; they look very comparable. Grrh.
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