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    Hi,

    I am intending to buy my first digital camcorder. I am after just a basic model and am not very demanding about functionality except for 1 thing; I want to be able to download the videos digitally to my PC. It has a firewire port.

    Comet are selling a Samsung model for only 135. It looks ideal for me, but it doesn't say anything about firewire. What it does say is that it has 'DV Output'.

    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but could anyone tell me if this is firewire under another name, or something else entirely.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Does it work using tapes?

    If so, its OK


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    This model isn't featured on the Samsung web site - I assume it's a 'special' for the likes of Comet. In any event, Amazon says that it does indeed feature Firewire. It's a hell of a well-specified piece of kit for the money, though - I wonder what the fatal flaw is? But then, for 135, does that matter?
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    One of the cheap samsumngs is utterly crap, this has come up a few times on the forum, try searching the forum to find the thread as i cant remember the model number - anyone else recall this ?

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    Thanks a lot for the replies.

    I'm now thinking that perhaps I should pay just a little more and maybe get a basic JVC or Sony model.

    I'll keep looking!

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    Mark: so you're saying that the fact that it's crap might be its fatal flaw? Yeah, I can see how that might be true...

    But seriously: for 135, how bad could it be, especially for someone just starting out? If it was unreliable, or didn't do what it said on the tin, I'd say it wasn't worth the money - but if it's just that the PQ isn't quite as good as on a decent/more expensive camera, that might not be a deal killer.

    We can get very snobbish about these things on here...
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    How true - the snobby thing ! Ha.

    I am a great fan of cheap camcorders generally and amazed at how good thay are. I love my old beat up sony pc4 and I often advise people to spend less, however last year i clearly remember a cheap samsumg model getting panned by more than one person.

    It wasnt just in the detail its performance was well below what we expect of any dv camera -just cant remember the model number.

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    I think DV output is the same as a 4 pin firewire.

    This is a sort of interesting article: FireWire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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