Hey people, I’m looking for somebodies humble opinion here.
Stainz and I got a Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV camcorder for a wedding present. A group of friends went together and bought it for us. They also included the receipt and told us we can trade-up (or down) the camera if it isn’t exactly what we want.
This looks like a great camera, but my only issue with it is it uses Sony’s proprietary memory card. These cards cost a lot more than traditional SD cards.
The place where this camera was bought has the JVC GR-D390 camcorder for $30 less. It is a bit smaller and a bit lighter than the Sony, has a firewire port (the Sony doesn’t) and it uses SD memory.
So a couple of questions, can anyone tell me if either camera is better than the other?
And secondly, anyone to anyone who uses a MiniDV camcorder, which do you record most to? The memory card or to tape? Is there any advantages to going right to the memory stick? I always assumed that if you recorded video on the memory card, your PC didn’t have to convert the video. Whereas if it was on tape, your PC would have to encode it. Is this correct?