August 8, 2006
Dear CNET members,
Over the past four years, I've been using my trusty old MiniDV camcorder to capture my kids growing up. Between family and work, as much as I would love to sit down and transfer my tall stack of DV tapes to my PC and do some editing, time never seems to be on my side. So ever since the first introduction of DVD camcorders to the general public, it frequently crosses my mind to buy one. While I know DVD camcorders have some drawbacks, such as being a bit bulky, having short recording times, being able to use media only once, and so forth, it would give me the ability to immediately distribute DVDs to the grandparents and play it back on most DVD devices. However, now that hard drive and flash-based camcorders are thrown into the mix, decisions for me are starting to blur. So what do you all think? Are DVD camcorders here to stay? Or do you think they will become extinct because of hard drive and flash-based machines? If you own one of these babies or are considering a DVD camcorder, join us in the latest Point and Shout discussion: "Is it time for DVD camcorders to die?", and share with us your pros and cons. I'm sure people who find themselves either in my shoes or are looking for a camcorder replacement will find your input invaluable. Thanks for your participation!
This week's hot topic:
With a variety of tapeless camcorders available, will DVD camcorders survive the test of time? In the latest Point and Shout discussion, we asked our community: "Is it time for DVD camcorders to die?", and many of you have already chimed in with your opinions.
It's really a niche product
The DVD camcorder is to video what the point-and-shoot camera is to photography; that's what CNET member AndySocial believes. And it's a niche product that serves people who do not mind amateurish videos or who do not need to do any editing.
Read AndySocial's full post in Point and Shout
Not before Blu-ray gets a chance
CNET member anon13, believes that DVD camcorders should die eventually. However, he states that before they go, Blu-ray needs to be given an opportunity to shine, as it will have a much greater storage capacity.
Read anon13's full post in Point and Shout
DVD: who shoots with that?
CNET member MarkinTO shoots video regularly using a MiniDV camcorder and finds it flexible and easy to shoot with. While he understand it takes a bit longer to render videos, he just doesn't see DVD camcorders surviving, just as people haven't stopped using traditional tapes.
Read MarkinTO's full post in Point and Shout
Now that we're seeing solid hard drive-based and other tapeless camcorders, with video that's easy to burn to DVD, have DVD-based camcorders outlived their usefulness? Tell us what you think in the latest Point and Shout discussion: Is it time for DVD camcorders to die?
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