January 11, 2008
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday folks! I hope this newsletter finds everyone well. This week's topic is all about the variety of camcorder formats that exist today. Many members, ranging from beginners to seasoned videographers, came through for Russ and shared their expertise, recommendations, and passion on this topic--we are all very fortunate to have you here to participate. So for starters, I picked out a few answers, but honestly, I have to congratulate all our supporting members who offered their advice--your knowledge and suggestions passed down to us are invaluable.
With so many different camcorder formats available today, including the decision to go high definition or not, buying a new camcorder can be a daunting task--especially for the folks like myself who haven't been around the camcorder scene for quite some time. So if you are like Russ and me, who are contemplating on getting a new camcorder, read through all the submissions and hopefully this information will prove helpful and give you a good sense of what camcorder type suits your needs best. And, as always, if you have any additional information to share, I invite you to join in and tell all. Thank you everyone and have a great weekend!
Member Question of the Week
I would like to get rid of my Sony Hi-8 camcorder and get
something better. In the stores, I see lots of different
styles including hard-drive, miniDVD, and even memory card
formats. There are even some high-definition camcorders that
I have seen for under $1,000 that record to HDV. What is the
difference here? I know there has to be pros and cons to
each--please let me know what they are. Is it worth my time
to get an HD camcorder, or am I better off waiting another six
to 12 months, or should I just stick with the miniDVD and
forget the HD hype? Thanks!
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Hi! Very simple question to the Vista gurus out there. What
can I do to improve the speed of a Vista machine? Seems like
my old expired computer with 98SE was faster, but how can
this be when I have four times more memory (2GB), a huge
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Unfortunately, you inadvertently pointed out the problem yourself: Vista is about looks. Every one of those effects, from the translucent windows to the pearlescent shine to the oversized icons, eats up processing power that would otherwise be spent on running applications. Also, much of the new software that comes on a prebuilt computer (i.e. the "free" antivirus, AIM, other mfg. programs) are also serious...
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