I recently entered the hobby video club and actually feel like leaving it again. I borrowed a Canon DC50 for a month's holiday to Namibia in the desert. I experienced and learnt more than I could possibly read in a forum. I have lost a lot of footage, aged 10 years trying to work with the data files in a meaningful manner with various software, codecs this and that and quite frankly, I am not made for these bollocking mini-DVD patience testers.
I will be preparing for a trip through Africa within the next 6-8 months and need something which will provide (amongst the following) 9 months of sustained filming capability without ANY fits of PMS etc..
(by the way, unless someone can recommend otherwise, I have decided to go either tape, or HDD)
1) Robust and reliable data capture without losing data.
2) minimum optical zoom of 10x
3) must be able to withstand cold (up to -5 and max. 45 degrees)
4) I will obviously keep it away from dust, but in Africa a small amount is inevitable.
5) Must not give errors of: "can't read media type" when I change media or when camera sees a corrugated or bad off road.
6) I will have a large capacity hard drive and laptop (with firewaire) with me to offload footage from time to time
7) I have a still camera, so I don't need to worry about still photos.
Must not freeze on me or take 20mins to start up when I'm in a hurry to film the impending lion kill unfold before me.
9) I will want to make 1 or 2 good quality (can I ask for HD?) DVD's at the end of the trip.
I have access to a casablanca editing appliance.
These models are in my sights:
Sony HDR-HC1; HDR-HC9; HDR-SR12; HDR-FX7
Canon HG10; HV20; XH A1
Does anyone have some advice for me? If someone suggests a DVD camera I will shit myself.
Thanking everyone kindly...