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    Default Newbie : Cam type question

    I was all set to buy a HDD camera since I thought less moving parts, less openning and closing meant less potential problems. I had also assumed that HDD would give a smoother - better quality pic than miniDV tape. Finally with new models offering 5 MegaPixel I was sure these were the best for picture and probably editing. Not being able to put HiDef onto a standard DVD steered me away from those expensive options.

    Then .. whammo ... I read some of your FAQ ... miniDV give better quality than new HD cams !
    It seems to be due to the data rate, or lower compression, but surely at some stage with the HD cams getting higher resol, over 5 MegaPixel won't there be a tipping point ?
    i.e. HD cams with over 7MegPixel will have better quality than miniDV ?
    (number purely pulled from the air for hyperthetical question only)

    So for quality and editing I'm best to buy a mniDV ?
    Does this still hold true ?

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    The seven megapixels you refer to are it's still picture taking abilites and nothing to do with it's video recordings. I haven't used HD cameras so I cannot comment on them but you will be hard pressed to better Mini DV for SD recordings, I have two Panasonics both with 3CCD and I'm very happy with the picture quality on both of them.

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    Thanks Nikosony for the info. Since posting we've decided to definately get a minDV cam.

    It was then a choice between Panasonic NV-GS300 & Canon FV M300. The Canon being more portable and cheaper with a super battery life and zoom. the Panasonic with 3CCD and much easier to operate menu toggle at rear. I'll get the wife to hold them on Monday for the final decision. Any words of wisdom on the 2 options ?

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