11-16-2011 02:54 PM
Do they not sell any Mini DV Camcorders anymore? I am looking for a new camcorder to record basketball games. Therefore it must hold at least 2 hours of memory. What do I need?
11-28-2011 11:26 AM
Tape-based camcorders have been almost entirely replaced with flash memory or hard drive based camcorders.
I would recommend a flash memory based unit, due to having no moving parts in the recording mechanism (only in the optics), which improves shock resilience/durability and reduces motor noise in your recordings.
You may want to consider a high definition unit such as Canon's Vixia HF series depending on budget. At maximum quality (1080p, 17 Mbps), my HF100 fits about 2 hours onto a 16GB SD card. Reduce the quality slightly and you can fit much more onto a 16GB card. Usually your limiting factor will be battery and not storage - consider purchasing an external power supply.