HD camcorders: Buyer's guide
Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:29 AM
As for Image Stabilization, another alternative for these small HD cameras is to buy a "STEADICAM MERLIN" (a cut-down version of what they use in Hollywood) for a much more elegant solution.
Just Google any of the above terms and you'll find them.
Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:02 AM
Do any of the consumer tapeless HD cameras have a live output USB port?
Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:34 AM
Posted 13 April 2009 - 06:21 AM
In the sign of WHAT times? It HAS firewire. Without a FireWire port, there isn't a way to get DV or HDV off the tape.
Canon's own site clearly indicates there's a Firewire port on the HV40. Go to "Features" and then "Edit and Share your video"
Apple may be able to "eschew" FireWire from it's own machines as a sign of it's own times, but that's just Apple. Not a sign of the times.
Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:19 AM
"Clear" as in "certain"? Yes. Clear as in "obvious." No way.
Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:09 AM
First off, I recently bought the HF-100, asnd I agree that it's a very nice camera.
The problem with recommending specific camcorder models is that so many of them are either end-of-life or not-yet-released. Companies don't want to send out review units of models that they're replacing with newer ones, and many of the newer ones aren't available yet. So we tried to talk about what to look for in a camcorder, and offer some examples of what's out there. I wish we could have included many more reviews, but several of the models in the story have been reviewed (anything with a mouse rating has a link to the review included, and a few items in the chart link to our reviews as well).
Here's a link to our camcorder review page, with the latest reviews at the top. I've added it to the story as well.
Posted 13 April 2009 - 09:24 AM
HappyMac: Hard drives don't use tape, so they're included in tapeless. :)
bq. "Progressive video looks cleaner than interlaced video, particularly when there’s a lot of movement in the image."
Now, he thankfully admits that "TVs are designed to account for interlaced video—they either support
interlacing natively (standard-definition TVs) or include deinterlacing
circuitry (HDTVs)" but I would think that most HD camcorders are shooting HD video destined for a TV screen. If you're shooting for YouTube or something, widescreen / or square SD is plenty.
bq. "Pocket camcorders don’t include image stabilization..."
Interestingly enough, the "pocket" camcorders are what started as "disposable" camcorders, and are really only half or 1/3 as small as the palmcorders he calls "full size." As someone who has shot with an on-shoulder camcorder for nearly 20 years, I really hesitate calling simething the size of a soda can "full size" because I can stick any of the "full size" camcorders he lists into my jacket pocket.
Overall, though, it's a pretty good guide for newbie camcorder buyers at the low end of the consumer market.
Posted 13 April 2009 - 09:30 AM