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    On Wednesday, I graduated from 6th grade. As a present, my mom gave me a Fry's gift card for $200. I want to buy my first camcorder, but I don't know what to get. I don't really know much about them. I did a little research, but don't know what. I am planning to spend a little of my money to add to the cost, but I still need a pretty cheap one, under about $250.

    I was planning on getting either a Sony DCR-HC48 or a Sony DCR-HC38or a Sony DCR-HC32 which my school got but they had some problems with the sound. Sometimes it would show up, sometimes it wouldn't. I don't know if that was the problem with USB import, the actual microphone, all camcorders like it, or just that one camera.

    I sort of want a Sony camera because it has "super nightshot" which is an infrared camera with an infrared light on the end. Which one?

    EDIT: I also want it to be firewire compatible. I would prefer a Hard drive camera, but those are more expensive, are there problems with MINI-DV?
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    -Ethan


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    Ethan, trust me, you WANT MiniDV over HDD.

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    I've added you to my Skype contact list, we can talk later and I'll try to make it as clear as possible for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mihai View Post
    Ethan, trust me, you WANT MiniDV over HDD.
    first of all, I don't really want to talk to anybody on skype, I probably should not have put that in my videoforums profile, but however I am interested why MiniDV is better.
    -Ethan


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    Excuse me for trying to be nice.

    MiniDV basically means higher quality over solid-state or DVD camcorders and easier editing. Check the site FAQ for in-depth explanations.

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    I got it today!!!!!!!!!!!! I am really excited about it. I got a DCR-HC38 because of the price and amount of features but I didn't think about it not coming with a firewire cable. I would have gotten that too, but I thought it would come with one. It has a USB jack as well, but it doesn't do video with USB, just still pictures. I have already played with it a bunch, but I really want to get it into After Effects ( which I recently got as well) and Vegas.
    -Ethan


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