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DV or Digital Video recording format is one of the oldest recording formats for digital video (launched around 1995). DV was used to store Standard Definition video and has mostly been replaced with the newer HDV (High Definition Video) format which is required for high definition video. DV video is largely stored in Magnetic Tapes which came in 3-4 different sizes.

Due to DV being a much older format, the best camcorders which support DV often also support the newer HDV and AVCHD formats.

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Canon Mini DV XHA1SE

Canon XHA1SE Mini DV  DV  Flash Media Camcorder


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Canon XHA1SE Mini DV
Panasonic HDC-HS700
Panasonic SDR-H100
Sanyo VPC-SH1
Canon VIXIA HF S10
Canon XHA1SE Mini DV  DV  Flash Media Camcorder
Panasonic HDC-HS700K Black 240GB Full HD Camcorder - HDC-HS700K High Definition AVCHD
Panasonic SDR-H100R Camcorder
Sanyo VPC-SH1BK High Definition Camcorder and 10 MP Camera  Black
Canon VIXIA HF S10 32GB Flash Drive HD Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2011
Feb 2010
Jan 2011
Jan 2010
Apr 2009
Recording Format
Mini DV, DV, Flash Media
DV, AVCHD, HDV, Micro MV
MPEG, AVC, H.264, DV, HDD
High Definition, DV, HDV
High Definition, DV, Flash Media, HDV, Micro MV
Optical Zoom
20.0 x
12.0 x
70.0 x
23.0 x
10.0 x
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
CCD Quantity
3.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
Memory Still Resolution
1.67 MegaPixels
14.2 MegaPixels
0.52 MegaPixels
10.0 MegaPixels
8.59 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
Hard Drive
H.264, MPEG-2
Use
Video
Video

  • Canon's XH A1 and XH G1 are excellent camcorders for entry-level professionals and independent filmmakers, with hard-to-beat prices for what they offer.


  • - It's also more practical here, since Panasonic also has the smallest, lowest-resolution LCD in its class.
    - Because of the small, low-resolution sensors still photo quality doesn't match the competition's.
    - It's better in low light than the rest, with lower noise and accurate but slightly more saturated colors.


  • The Panasonic HDC-HS700 is one of two high-definition digital camcorders (HS700, TM700) announced in February 2010 as successors to Panasonic's HS300/TM300 series. Both camcorders feature a 35mm wide-angle Leica lens, a 12x optical zoom, and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card expansion.


  • The Panasonic HDC-Sd700 is everything that a high-def camcorder should be. It provides a wealth of advanced features for experienced videographers, while remaining very user-friendly for beginners. Without question, it is one of the best HD camcorders in its price range.


  • The Panasonic SDR-H100 is a mid-cost standard definition camcorder. This camcorder is equipped with an Eco Mode, which automatically turns off the power when the camcorder is not operated for five minutes.

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    The Panasonic SDR-H100K is an affordable SD hard drive camcorder with quality features.


  • - Cons: Skips a little on full HD mode @60 fields/sec.
    - One note, though: I found that the HS (high sensitivity mode) doesn't work very well.
    - The video is crisp, clear, and lifelike, even in super low light conditions and the photos are an added bonus, even if they are only 4MP.
    - Anyway, I got some pretty good shots of a mockingbird in my back yard.

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    Although it may look like an ordinary camcorder, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 is a powerful device that records video and takes photographs. Along with being able to record full HD video, the camcorder can also take 10 megapixel photos.

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    - In dim or low light, we found it produced a little more noise that what we had expected, but it isn't a deal breaker for the average shooting situation.
    - The new cameras support the new SDXC memory cards for many hours of potential recording, and Mini HDMI output to instantly show off the 1920x1080 HD video in its full clarity.
    - The light weight of the camcorder is nice when toting it around all day.


  • An excellent flash-based prosumer HD camcorder, you may nevertheless pass on the Canon Vixia HF S10 because it lacks an eye-level viewfinder. And the identical--but cheaper, because it has no built-in memory--Vixia HF S100 may also be a better buy.


  • - Among our test group of six new high-definition camcorders, the Vixia HF S10 ranked at the top in video quality under both bright lighting and low lighting, earning an overall video-quality score of Good.


  • - Deep and advanced manual controls.
    - Notably, however, the camcorder also offers two sets of “zebra stripes” to help set exposure levels, generates color bars and tone for calibrating display equipment, and offers good control over the aperture, shutter speed, and white balance.


Top 5 dv camcorder:

  1. Canon XHA1SE Mini DV DV Flash Media Camcorder
  2. Panasonic HDC-HS700K Black 240GB Full HD Camcorder - HDC-HS700K High Definition AVCHD
  3. Panasonic SDR-H100R Camcorder
  4. Sanyo VPC-SH1BK High Definition Camcorder and 10 MP Camera Black
  5. Canon VIXIA HF S10 32GB Flash Drive HD Camcorder