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

Panasonic HDC-HS700
$1,265 - $1,272

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Canon VIXIA HF S10 32GB Flash Drive HD Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF S10

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

Sanyo VPC-SH1
$522

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Vivitar DVR-910HD Camcorder

Vivitar DVR-910HD
$65

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Canon VIXIA HF10 (16 GB) HDV Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF10

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Sony Handycam HDR-HC9E MiniDV Camcorder - PAL  10x Opt  20x Dig  2 7  LCD

Sony HDR-HC9

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