Updated on 2 August 2013 by

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 XHA1SE Mini DV
Panasonic HDC-HS700
Panasonic SDR-H100
Sanyo VPC-SH1
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
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Release Date
Jan 2011
Feb 2010
Jan 2011
Jan 2010
Optical Zoom
20.0 x
12.0 x
70.0 x
23.0 x
Recording Format
Mini DV, DV, Flash Media
DV, AVCHD, HDV, Micro MV
MPEG, AVC, H.264, DV, HDD
High Definition, DV, HDV
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
CCD Quantity
3.0
1.0
1.0
Memory Still Resolution
1.67 MegaPixels
14.2 MegaPixels
0.52 MegaPixels
10.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
Hard Drive
H.264, MPEG-2
Use
Video
Video
Average Rating
 4.4 stars
 3.9 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.4 stars
Optics
100% Positive
90% Positive
10% Negative
100% Positive
69% Positive
31% Negative
Video
100% Positive
92% Positive
8% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
84% Positive
16% Negative
Interface
100% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
60% Positive
40% Negative