Updated on 2 August 2013 by

HDD or Hard Disk Drive camcorders are one of the most popular storage formats today. They are typically used to store the newer AVCHD format video which is a high compression-low quality format (as compared to HDV).

HDD storage is often the perfect compliment to most consumer grade camcorders - their large sizes, often going upto 500GB, offer much more affordable storage costs as compared to the more expensive flash camcorders. The downside is that hard disk drives due to moving parts are much more prone to failure on rough handling as compared to flash camcorders - however this might not be a very big concern as they are still robust enough for your typical camcorder usage environments.


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Sony Handycam HDR-CX130
Panasonic SDR-H101
JVC Everio GZ-HD520
Vivitar DVR 790HD
Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 Camcorder
Panasonic SDR-H101 (80 GB) Flash Media, Hard Drive, AVC Camcorder
JVC Everio GZ-HD520 Camcorder
Vivitar DVR 790HD Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2011
Jul 2011
Jan 2011
Nov 2011
Optical Zoom
30.0 x
70.0 x
40.0 x
Recording Format
AVCHD, MPEG-2, HDD, High Definition
Flash Media, HDD, High Definition
High Definition, HDD
Flash Media, HDD, High Definition
Recording System
NTSC
PAL
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
3.3 MegaPixels
0.3 MegaPixels
1.5 MegaPixels
5.1 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
High Definition, Hard Drive, AVC, AVCHD
MPEG2, H.264/AVC
AVCHD
AVI (M-JPEG)
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video
Average Rating
 3.8 stars
 3.3 stars
 4.9 stars
 2.8 stars
Video
66% Positive
34% Negative
Optics
66% Positive
34% Negative
Interface
50% Positive
50% Negative