I’m looking into getting a cheapish video camera and I have no idea what’s good or bad, or even what format I want.
It’s only going to be for casual use, so I don’t have many requirements. I’d like at least a reasonable zoom lens, maybe 3x, has to function decently in relatively low light (I don’t want a camera that’s only good for outdoor daylight work), and have a reasonably priced universal media.
I’ve heard of digital video tape, but I don’t know anything about it. Do DV cameras have firewire connectors generally so you can automatically capture video to your system? If they do, do you need a seperate capture card, or can you upload the video directly to your computer?
In that case, I’d definitely give due consideration to DV cameras, but I’m also looking into hi-8 and vhs-c (those are the big formats as far as I know - which is better between them?)
Anyway, any experience you have with different cameras and format types and brands would be appreciated.