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Any new Camcorders w/Firewire 800 out?

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Been shopping for a new HD camcorder and see some with as much as 250 gig harddrive and what do they do for an output USB 2.0!! My 5 year old mini DV handycam at least has a 1394. Yeah, yeah I know USB 2 and Firewire 400 are suppose to be about the same but the tests consistently show firewire 400 is about 20% faster.

Firewire 800 would be out of this world and since I just got a new Mac Book with the 800 plug it only makes sense to find a camcorder.

Anyone know of a decent unit in the $1,000 range with one?

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Consumer HD camcorders come in 2 flavors - HDV (more rare) that will use firewire to transfer the video, but only FW400 - which is all that's needed for its design - and mass storage (hdd, sd, etc.) which uses (only AFAIK) USB as it makes the camera look like a mounted drive. If there are any fw800 camcorders, they'd be high end pro-sumer, or professional grade, ie:lots of cash.

I wouldn't be too upset about the USB based mass storage camcorders, they work well and overall, the transfer rate isn't terrible. Could it be better? sure. Is it worth fretting over - probably not at this stage with the budget you have in mind. Plus, you don't specify the Mac you have, but depending on your configuration, you may find more of a bottleneck in the system converting the HD footage to AIC (iMovie, FCE) or ProRES (FCP) rather then the transfer of the footage off of an SD card via USB.

My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)
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