Updated on 2 August 2013 by

MiniDV tapes also record much more footage than a comparably priced DVD. Most importantly, the video quality of the top-rated MiniDV camcorders is quite superior. As with other types, MiniDV camcorder prices also vary from under $200 to several times this budget. You can decide which camcorder suits you best by looking closely at CCD Resolution (larger CCD is better), low lux rating (lower lux means good low-light performance), LCD Screen size (larger is better), zoom (both digital and optical should be present), image stabilization technique (optical stabilization is more effective), and battery life. Note that many of the best MiniDV camcorders enable recording in full 1080p HD.


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Canon XHA1SE Mini DV
Sony DCR-SX60
Sony HDR-HC9
Sony HVR-Z7
Canon XHA1SE Mini DV  DV  Flash Media Camcorder
Sony DCRSX60 Palm-Sized camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom  Silver
Sony HDR-HC9 Mini DV Camcorder
Sony HVR-Z7U Camcorder   12x Opt  3 2  LCD
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Release Date
Jan 2011
Mar 2009
Feb 2008
Jun 2003
Optical Zoom
20.0 x
60.0 x
10.0 x
12.0 x
Recording Format
Mini DV, DV, Flash Media
Mini DV
Mini DV, DV, HDV
Mini DV
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
CCD Quantity
3.0
1.0
Memory Still Resolution
1.67 MegaPixels
0.68 MegaPixels
6.08 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
Mini DV, High Definition
Use
Video
Average Rating
 4.4 stars
 3.4 stars
 3.8 stars
 4.8 stars
Optics
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
Video
100% Positive
80% Positive
20% Negative
100% Positive
Interface
100% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative