2 August 2013 by

HDV is a format where HD video is recorded on DV/Mini-DV cassette tape. HDV is a much older format (launched in 2003) and was meant to serve as an affordable high definition format for digital camcorders. HDV is typically stored in Mini-DV tapes - which look like the small sized cassette tapes.

HDV has gained a lot of popularity primarily because it couples an affordable technology with great picture quality on a functional archiving solution (due to Mini-DV). The Mini-DV tapes are not only good for capturing video but also double up as a great archiving solution to store video over time.

Increasingly HDV is facing competition from the AVCHD format - which is a much newer higher compression-lower quality format and is designed to be primarily stored on newer storage options like Flash and Hard Disk Drive. However, HDV is still a great choice as there are not very good options in the market right now to safely archive AVCHD video stored in Flash/Hard disk drives.
The best HDV camcorders often also support the newer AVCHD formats, have great manual controls and are compact to boot.


Panasonic HDC-HS700K Black 240GB Full HD Camcorder - HDC-HS700K High Definition AVCHD

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1. Panasonic HDC-HS700   


Canon VIXIA HF S10 32GB Flash Drive HD Camcorder

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2. Canon VIXIA HF S10   


Sanyo VPC-SH1BK High Definition Camcorder and 10 MP Camera  Black

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3. Sanyo VPC-SH1   


Vivitar DVR-910HD Camcorder

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4. Vivitar DVR-910HD    $10 - $60


Canon VIXIA HF10 (16 GB) HDV Camcorder

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5. Canon VIXIA HF10   


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