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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 Mini DV XHA1SE

Canon XHA1SE Mini DV  DV  Flash Media Camcorder


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Canon XHA1SE Mini DV
Sony DCR-SX60
Sony HDR-HC9
Sony HVR-Z7
Canon XH A1
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
Canon XH A1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2011
Mar 2009
Feb 2008
Jun 2003
Oct 2006
Recording Format
Mini DV, DV, Flash Media
Mini DV
Mini DV, DV, HDV
Mini DV
Mini DV, HDV
Optical Zoom
20.0 x
60.0 x
10.0 x
12.0 x
20.0 x
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
CCD Quantity
3.0
1.0
3.0
Memory Still Resolution
1.67 MegaPixels
0.68 MegaPixels
6.08 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
Mini DV, High Definition
Use
Video

  • Canon's XH A1 and XH G1 are excellent camcorders for entry-level professionals and independent filmmakers, with hard-to-beat prices for what they offer.


  • - The AV port is proprietary and works only with Sony cables.
    - Videos and photos can be recorded to either 16GB of internal flash memory or removable Memory Stick PRO Duo cards.


  • - Of course, you're going to need a tripod when shooting at 60x; otherwise your footage will look unbearably shaky.
    - When shooting at normal magnifications, the Sony DCR-SX60 does a pretty good job of keeping footage smooth and steady, despite the lack of an optical image stabiliser.

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    The ultra-compact DCR-SX60 Handycam® camcorder. Conveniently flexible, it can record video to 16GB of embedded memory or removable Memory Stick Duo™ or Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media. A professional-quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens captures crisp, high-resolution images and its 60x optical zoom brings the action up close and personal.The DCR-SX60 features a professional-quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens designed specifically for compact camcorders.

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    - The Camera Color setting will help your video look more professional.
    - It is commendable that the HC9 manages to achieve a fairly accurate manual white balance at this light.


  • - The HDR-HC9 is capable of capturing images at a maximum resolution of 6.1 megapixels (or 4.6Mp during video recording).


  • If you prefer the familiarity and reliability of HDV tape, the Sony HDR-HC9 is one of the best (and only) options on the market. Sticklers for value may want to check out Canon's HV30 though it's every bit as good, yet cheaper.


  • The lofty price of the HVR-Z7E will put it out of the reach of all but the most serious videomakers. Corporate and events cameramen will long for it, but may struggle to justify the expense. Nevertheless, it points the way forward for professional camcorders, particularly now Panasonic has announced that more models using AVCHD and SD will be arriving later in 2008. Sony's embracing of solid state recording is a sign of how tape's days as a primary recording medium are numbered, even if it's still the most cost effective choice for long-term archiving.


  • Canon's XH A1 and XH G1 are excellent camcorders for entry-level professionals and independent filmmakers, with hard-to-beat prices for what they offer.

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    - With the three 1/3" (1440 x 1080 pixels) CCDs, the image quality is very pleasing.
    - Properly lit scenes look brilliant in playback.


  • Canon's XH A1 is an excellent camcorder for entry-level professionals and independent filmmakers, with hard-to-beat prices for what it offers.


Top 5 mini dv camcorder:

  1. Canon XHA1SE Mini DV DV Flash Media Camcorder
  2. Sony DCRSX60 Palm-Sized camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom Silver
  3. Sony HDR-HC9 Mini DV Camcorder
  4. Sony HVR-Z7U Camcorder 12x Opt 3 2 LCD
  5. Canon XH A1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder