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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
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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

the tiny, low-resolution LCD is pretty difficult to work with.

It allows you to capture extreme close-ups of distant objects without compromising the image quality - very handy for bird watching or trips to the zoo.

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The lighter-colored noise in the Sony is more apparent to the eye.

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Great camcorder for electronic news gathering and independent filmmaking alike

the tiny, low-resolution LCD is pretty difficult to work with.

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