Hi, I'm applying for a job in Japan, which would be a 1 year contract (and obviously if all goes well, a bit longer than that too) and I'd like to make a few web videos while I'm over there, as well as the dodgy home videos to send to friends and family. I just want to know what my best option is with regards to camcorders.
I've decided that I'd definitely be buying a Japanese laptop, since I will be living there, I have a computer at home anyway, and I want a Japanese keyboard since I'm learning the language. But I'm reliably informed that most laptops aren't region specific in their power supplies, so all it would need would be the right plug adaptor?
Anyway, onto the camcorder. I still reckon MiniDV is the best option for me, since I'm on a tight budget. Do I buy here before I go, or do I buy in Japan? Ideally, I'd like to be able to play some of my existing Mini DV tapes (preferable, but not essential), and I assume they're PAL, so will they work on an NTSC camera? Obviously with web videos, the format isn't important, but if I wanted to make a DVD and send it to anyone in Britain, would the PAL/NTSC thing be an issue? And as for charging it up, are video cameras like laptops in that respect, or are they more particular about what power supply you plug them into? If I buy over here, will the tapes I buy in Japan be compatible? Will accessories (microphones etc) be compatible between regions? Basically, what are the issues I can expect to face depending on where I buy it from?
Cheers for any help.