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03-14-2003, 03:14 PM
I am in the market for digital video camera. Any suggestions on what I should get?

03-14-2003, 04:27 PM
I have the JVC GR-520u (http://electronics.cnet.com/electronics/0-6342639-1304-9067975.html)?. It is a nice camera. The quality of the video that comes into the Mac is pretty good. I will try and get a sample up for you. It isn't really high end, but it does what it needs to. Pretty light, and quiet. Supports firewire as well, which is a must with DV. I think most of the newer cameras have firewire.

03-15-2003, 01:05 AM
Thanx for your suggestion. :)

03-15-2003, 10:56 PM
IMO - dont put alot of money in the microphone, spend it on higher res

03-15-2003, 11:11 PM
Good thought

04-08-2003, 01:11 AM
Now that I have received my income tax refund. I have narrowed the camera search down to
Canon ZR 70 MC.


04-08-2003, 10:11 AM
Wow, nice looking camera...

04-09-2003, 10:54 AM
i like the ease of the JVC's. Sony makes a great camera, but they put too many unneeded features in their cameras, and the effects are kinda a waste. i would rather edit it in Final Cut Pro or iMovie, cause at least then if i screw up i still have the video footage saved.

04-13-2003, 01:45 AM
Now I am torn between the Canon ZR 70 MC.


DCR-TRV38 MiniDV Handycam

04-22-2003, 02:43 PM
I am now back to the Canon. I looked at the pricegrapper site, for price comparisons.
Found a couple I liked, but after I read some of the reviews, I am now having second
thoughts on buying over thye internet. Any suggestions on reliable sites? Also the
money I save, I hope to get a bigger disk drive or Final Cut Pro 4. :)

04-23-2003, 03:08 PM
ebay is reliable if they have a high seller rating. Apple's online store is probably reliable, however i doubt youll find a steal of a deal there

04-23-2003, 03:21 PM
Okay, I am ready to buy now. I have narrowed my search to
the Canon Optura 20.


05-04-2003, 02:08 AM
I have purchased a Canon Optura 20, with a 128 mb security card.
This is a sweet little camera. Hopefully in the next couple of days
I will be able to work with it, if the honey do's don't get in the way. :)

05-04-2003, 09:59 AM
Cool. Where'd you buy it from?

05-05-2003, 01:18 AM
I ended up getting it at Best Buy. Not for the cost, I just did not feel comfortable getting it on-line.

05-07-2003, 04:35 AM
Just got my new camera, a GR-DV3000 JVC model.

Looks pretty good and has every inane mode except the one I wanted which was a mode to take one frame every so many seconds so that you can capture slow events like a mushroom growing or something like that.

But the picture looks good and the best bit is that after wading through three pages of "Installation for Windross" instructions I came to the Apple installation sentence "Plug camera into computer." seems to work fine with iMovie so add another compatible to the list. ;)

One small defect is that the camera is very small and anyone with large hands will have extreme difficulty (unless they have a double jointed thumb) reaching the controls when using it in hand held mode. It was obviously designed for midgets or something (maybe all the testers for these products are Japanese children?). Personally I prefer using a tripod and the remote so it isn't such a big downside for me but I sometimes wish this daft race to produce tinier and tinier electronic gizmos would take a reality check because you still require a large bag to hold all the (7) cables, plug in extensions, power adaptors, spare batteries, tapes, memory cards etc etc.

The camera weighs in at only 700g (dunno what that is in old money) with battery and tape, and is only 190mm long (wassat about 7 inches?).


05-07-2003, 08:02 AM
take advantage of iMovie. its great

05-07-2003, 12:48 PM
After playing with my camera for a few days. I am finding that I now need for disk space to edit the video that I has taken.

Congrats Amen-Moses on your purchase. :)

And as MacAddikt said iMovie work well. :)

05-07-2003, 01:01 PM
Originally posted by rman
After playing with my camera for a few days. I am finding that I now need for disk space to edit the video that I has taken.

DVDs are the best way to store extra footage after editing, but if thats not available i suggest using extra blank tapes for raw footage. its cheaper than buying more hard disk space

05-07-2003, 01:07 PM
That a good ideas, thanx. I still need to get something bigger for working space. But you are right about video tape. :)

05-07-2003, 02:22 PM
If you can stand the quality loss you can store ****loads of footage on a CDR/RW in MP4 format (you'll prolly need QT-Pro to do so though).

It is a good solution if you are playing around with lots of small clips as well or even for authoring a rough cut to demo around to family or friends, I'm not sure how many PC players can handle MP4 files though they can always download the lates QT release I suppose.

The other advantage is that some of the newest DVD players can also handle MP4 (so I'm led to believe but I haven't actually witnessed it).

I have found a 500Gb Firewire HD storage system on the net, I'll try to find the link when I get home. ;)

Does anyone know what sort of degredation you get from converting DV to MP4 and back again?


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05-08-2003, 09:05 PM

Cream your panties!


05-12-2003, 05:53 PM
Wow! If I only had the money.