Now that I own an HDTV, I’m seriously considering buying an HD Camcorder.
The problem I’m finding is that I really don’t want a full blown Camcorder. I own a Canon Elura 65, and we never use it. Primarily because the process of getting video off of it, takes a long as the video you shot, and if I have an hour of recording time, I’ll likely use it all up before I start importing.
When we record video with our little PowerShot point-and-shoot, I usually download it within a week or two of shooting, because the memory card gets full… so I usually edit it quickly and make a movie out of it for web use, or to put on our AppleTV (which I love by the way, just haven’t gotten a chance to post a review about it).
So, I’m looking for a good consumer quality, small sized, easy to use HD Camcorder that we’ll actually use a lot and carry with us all the time.
I’m partial to the new Canon TX1. It’s got the same form factor that we’re used to (we owned the first Canon Digital Eplh or Powershot S100 back when Canon first started making little digital cameras and have stuck with the brand since).
My only problem is the amount of video that fits on one memory card. I’ve put together this little table to show the real amounts of HD video that’ll fit on the currently available SD cards on the market:
|Recording Pixels||Frame Rate||32 MB||128MB||512MB||1GB||2GB||4GB||8GB|
|Price||?||?||?||$16||$20||$30 – $50||$65-$90|
|1280 x 720 pixels||30||6 sec||12 sec||1:42||3:24||6:48||13:36||13:36 x2*|
|1280 x 720 pixels||30LP||12 sec||50 sec||3:17||6:34||13:08||26:16||26:16 x2*|
|640 x 480 pixels||30||14 sec||58 sec||3:48||7:36||15:12||30:24||30:24 x2*|
|640 x 480 pixels||30 LP||26 sec||1:48||6:59||13:58||27:56||55:52||55:52 x2*|
|320 x 240 pixels||60||20 sec||1:21||5:17||10:34||21:08||42:16||42:16 x2*|
|320 x 240 pixels||30||35 sec||2:24||9:19||18:38||37:16||60 + 14:32*||60 x2*|
|*Max. Clip Size: 4 GB: Even if the clip size has not reached 4 GB, recording will stop at the moment the clip length reaches 1 hour. Depending on the storage capacity of the memory card and the speed at which the data is written, recording may stop before reaching 4 GB or 1 hour. And does anyone know the difference between 30 fps and 30LP fps?|
The problem I see with the TX1 is that even with a 4GB or 8GB SD card, the most HD video you can get on a TX1 is a 13 1/2 minute clip. Is that a problem? I’m not sure.
I’m looking through my source video library, and the longest shots we’ve taken lately seems to be around 3-4 minutes… we just take a lot of them.
Would you recommend something else?
note: I’ve considered the current line of Sony HDD based HD Camcorders, but they don’t work with a Mac (the video doesn’t have sound on a Mac) so those are out. And I really don’t want another DV Tape based camera… .AVI files are much easier to work with for me, I’ve found…
Thanks in advance.