Jump to content
  • 0
asandull

Would like a New Video Cam...

Question

Hey Roxio Forum... Happy New Year!

 

After researching video cameras for a while now, I finally made my decision and added Sony's DCR-SR100 to my B&H wish list... Tonight I went to order it and I'm being told its discontinued by the manufacturer!!! I'm being directed to a replacement (on other sites) but the replacement is not offering the quality of the SR-100... only a bigger hard drive. Soooo... I was wondering if I came across an SR-100 to purchase would it matter if it's discontinued??? If so, any other recommendations in that class? I’m looking for a hard drive camera... at least 30 gb… high res.. t-lens... the best I can get for under 1k.

 

You’ve all been such a help in the past I had to come here first…

 

Thanks!

Angie

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

33 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0

Still available on eBay (just checked), and probably overstock.com, amazon.com, etc - the places liquadators liquidate the leftover stock :)

 

Lynn

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Guest ml

I've got the Sony DCR-HC96 which is a minicam with the same effective pixel capture. It records to DV tapes rather than a hard drive.

 

My personal preference is digital tape to the hard drive capture. I'm going to wait a bit before I depend on a hard drive to record my video. It's still fairly new technology.

 

On sale, it's also around $200 cheaper.

Edited by ml

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Thanks lynn98109

 

Ml: How does your camera perform in low-lighting and hows the battery life? When I first started researching cameras I was set on sticking with the mini dv... I have so many tapes that need to be converted. Your camera was in the running until I came across the SR-100...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

I've always been impressed with my old TRV740. I have one of the 300min lithium Ion batteries. It's 5 years old and still charging fine. (crossing fingers) When I decided to upgrade, I'll probably stay with Sony which has always been excellent in low light situations.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
I've always been impressed with my old TRV740. I have one of the 300min lithium Ion batteries. It's 5 years old and still charging fine. (crossing fingers) When I decided to upgrade, I'll probably stay with Sony which has always been excellent in low light situations.

 

Thanks Gary. That camera seems nice... I have the TRV-17 for about 5 years now... I've been happy with it but the battery life is terrible and this one (to me) does not do well in low light... now the tape compartment is damaged. I dropped it and it wont work right... I agree to sticking with sony... Thanks for your comment!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Guest ml
Thanks lynn98109

Ml: How does your camera perform in low-lighting and hows the battery life? When I first started researching cameras I was set on sticking with the mini dv... I have so many tapes that need to be converted. Your camera was in the running until I came across the SR-100...

 

It does well in low-lighting. That's one of my requirements in a camcorder.

 

Battery life is pretty good if you use the viewfinder rather than the LCD screen. One of my first purchases after I get a camcorder is to buy the longer life battery.

 

It's got a lot of options. You can use all the fancy modes or choose the 'Easy' button which give you basic controls.

 

The tapes load from the side which means I don't have to take it off the tripod to change the tapes.

It's got the pass through signal converter for changing analog to digital signal.

 

It does use a docking station which can be useful for keeping all the cables connected to your computer or a pain if you lose it. It doesn't have an adjustable viewfinder which I loved in my older Sony digital camcorder.

 

If you buy the hard drive camcorder, I'd be interested to know how you like it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
It does well in low-lighting. That's one of my requirements in a camcorder.

 

Battery life is pretty good if you use the viewfinder rather than the LCD screen. One of my first purchases after I get a camcorder is to buy the longer life battery.

 

It's got a lot of options. You can use all the fancy modes or choose the 'Easy' button which give you basic controls.

 

The tapes load from the side which means I don't have to take it off the tripod to change the tapes.

It's got the pass through signal converter for changing analog to digital signal.

 

It does use a docking station which can be useful for keeping all the cables connected to your computer or a pain if you lose it. It doesn't have an adjustable viewfinder which I loved in my older Sony digital camcorder.

 

If you buy the hard drive camcorder, I'd be interested to know how you like it.

 

Thanks... I'll let you know how I do with the SR-100 IF I get one now... Cant decide now... I annoy myself when it comes to purchases like this... so now I'll annoy all of you too...LOL... Thanks! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Thanks for the responses... I ended up purchasing sony's HDR-HC3 Mini DV in case i feel the need to shoot in HD. The hard drive sounded great but didnt want to chance it... so I stuck with the mini DV...

 

Thanks again, Have a great weekend!

 

Angie

Edited by asandull

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Guest ml

I'm jealous. That's a beautiful camcorder.

 

*sigh* Maybe next year a HD camcorder will be in the budget.

 

Happy video taping! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
I'm jealous. That's a beautiful camcorder.

 

*sigh* Maybe next year a HD camcorder will be in the budget.

 

Happy video taping! :)

 

Me too, but that camcorder, with no accessories, is double what I can afford. :huh:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Ughh.. I hear what your saying about the budget... I didn’t want to spend this much but I feared I would regret NOT buying an HD.

 

I didn’t even ask how much its going to cost me to actually shoot and produce videos in HD... I noticed today that DVDit PRO HD is $399... Ouch... plus cables and whatever else... so yeah... I'm pretty clueless to all of this and hope I can figure it out... From what I've read Sony's made it pretty easy with this camera...

 

I'm class mom in my daughter’s school so I've been shooting video and stills of all the kids throughout the year to put together a DVD for all the parents in June... My camera broke so I've been borrowing friends pro Sony cam.... VERY NICE... but it's time to leave his alone...

 

Have a great weekend! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Ughh.. I hear what your saying about the budget... I didn’t want to spend this much but I feared I would regret NOT buying an HD.

 

I didn’t even ask how much its going to cost me to actually shoot and produce videos in HD... I noticed today that DVDit PRO HD is $399... Ouch... plus cables and whatever else... so yeah... I'm pretty clueless to all of this and hope I can figure it out... From what I've read Sony's made it pretty easy with this camera...

 

I'm class mom in my daughter’s school so I've been shooting video and stills of all the kids throughout the year to put together a DVD for all the parents in June... My camera broke so I've been borrowing friends pro Sony cam.... VERY NICE... but it's time to leave his alone...

 

Have a great weekend! :)

 

You too, Angie. Let us know how you like the camcorder.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Okay, I finally took the plunge! My 8+ year old VHS-C just doesn't get it for any kind of quality, so I ordered a Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV, like the one ml has.

 

I also ordered a larger battery, charger, and firewire, so I should be good to go, once I annoy ml enough, via pm. :D

 

I, (actually my wife), can video tape the grandkids to her heart's content.

 

BTW, she doesn't know I was even thinking of getting one, much less ordering one, so at the moment, I am a dead man walking. :):huh::D

 

I'll be telling her tonight, when the grandkids are here. Life is good, I hope.

Edited by grandpabruce

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Okay, I finally took the plunge! My 8+ year old VHS-C just doesn't get it for any kind of quality, so I ordered a Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV, like the one ml has.

 

I also ordered a larger battery, charger, and firewire, so I should be good to go, once I annoy ml enough, via pm. :D

 

I, (actually my wife), can video tape the grandkids to her heart's content.

 

BTW, she doesn't know I was even thinking of getting one, much less ordering one, so at the moment, I am a dead man walking. :):huh::D

 

I'll be telling her tonight, when the grandkids are here. Life is good, I hope.

I'm now camcorder-envious! My Sony TRV95 is also 8 years old and appears to beg for a replacement one.

 

Good luck to the plan; I'm sure the grandkids will be enthusiastic for a new camcorder. :D

 

PS: That camcorder has analog (RCA) and S-video connection as well?

Edited by malatekid

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Guest ml

Annoy me by talking about a new 'toy'? Never. You've already taught me a couple of new features that I didn't know the camcorder had.

 

You're going to need a Memory Stick Pro Duo for the camera part of the camcorder.

 

Your wife will be thrilled once she pries the camcorder from your fingers and actually gets to use it. Speaking as someone with small hands......all the controls are easily reachable and the light weight makes it a pleasure to use.

 

It's got an automatic lense cover, so she can stick it in her purse. ( I never use regular camcorder bags because it makes them an easy target for thieves. Any type of small carrying bag is better than a camcorder bag.)

 

I'm almost as excited as you are about your new camcorder.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Annoy me by talking about a new 'toy'? Never. You've already taught me a couple of new features that I didn't know the camcorder had.

 

You're going to need a Memory Stick Pro Duo for the camera part of the camcorder.

 

Your wife will be thrilled once she pries the camcorder from your fingers and actually gets to use it. Speaking as someone with small hands......all the controls are easily reachable and the light weight makes it a pleasure to use.

 

It's got an automatic lense cover, so she can stick it in her purse. ( I never use regular camcorder bags because it makes them an easy target for thieves. Any type of small carrying bag is better than a camcorder bag.)

 

I'm almost as excited as you are about your new camcorder.

Have you uploaded and used video files from the camcorder to EMC? How do they look, quality-wise?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
I'm now camcorder-envious! My Sony TRV95 is also 8 years old and appears to beg for a replacement one.

 

Good luck to the plan; I'm sure the grandkids will be enthusiastic for a new camcorder. :)

 

PS: That camcorder has analog (RCA) and S-video connection as well?

 

Yes it does, Jess. Both in and out, I think. I wanted it for the pass through capabilities, too. There are some of the old VHS-C tapes I have, that I want to capture through the new camcorder to see how they compare with the captures on my Hauppauge card, which only captures as mpeg2 files.

 

Annoy me by talking about a new 'toy'? Never. You've already taught me a couple of new features that I didn't know the camcorder had.

 

You're going to need a Memory Stick Pro Duo for the camera part of the camcorder.

 

Your wife will be thrilled once she pries the camcorder from your fingers and actually gets to use it. Speaking as someone with small hands......all the controls are easily reachable and the light weight makes it a pleasure to use.

 

It's got an automatic lense cover, so she can stick it in her purse. ( I never use regular camcorder bags because it makes them an easy target for thieves. Any type of small carrying bag is better than a camcorder bag.)

 

I'm almost as excited as you are about your new camcorder.

 

I have to admit that I am excited, too. But, I am glad that I taught you something about the features, even though I don't have the video camera yet. LOL. It will be here on Monday.

 

I should get the memory stick, too. I wish I could get it locally, but Walmart is about the only choice around here, for getting one, and I doubt they would carry it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Yes it does, Jess. Both in and out, I think. I wanted it for the pass through capabilities, too. There are some of the old VHS-C tapes I have, that I want to capture through the new camcorder to see how they compare with the captures on my Hauppauge card, which only captures as mpeg2 files.

 

I have to admit that I am excited, too. But, I am glad that I taught you something about the features, even though I don't have the video camera yet. LOL. It will be here on Monday.

 

I should get the memory stick, too. I wish I could get it locally, but Walmart is about the only choice around here, for getting one, and I doubt they would carry it.

Thanks, Bruce.

 

Sometimes the kids would like to watch the video immediately and having the RCA connection (to the TV) comes in handy.

 

Jess

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Thanks, Bruce.

 

Sometimes the kids would like to watch the video immediately and having the RCA connection (to the TV) comes in handy.

 

Jess

 

The camcorder has S-video connection, and it comes with a cable with an S-video plug on one end and the red/white/yellow plugs on the other end.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
The camcorder has S-video connection, and it comes with a cable with an S-video plug on one end and the red/white/yellow plugs on the other end.

That's cool. Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
I didn't even ask how much its going to cost me to actually shoot and produce videos in HD... I noticed today that DVDit PRO HD is $399... Ouch...

 

If you don't need all the navigation abilities in DVDIt Pro HD, remember V9 will output to Blu-ray.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
If you don't need all the navigation abilities in DVDIt Pro HD, remember V9 will output to Blu-ray.

 

My needs are so basic so I'm hoping I can use V9 and avoid paying the price for DVDit Pro.. This is just a hobby for me, I'm sure it is for many here...

 

I still have so much to learn about all of this... I shot a beautiful video using my friends video camera (its a pro sony cam that’s big and filled with all kinds of buttons I have no idea about...LOL) So now I have this great quality footage, I went to edit it and it looks terrible... SOOO, I guess I can have the best camera and still have terrible quality video because I'm clueless... I'll post a thread in more detail asking for help as soon as I completely lose my mind trying to figure it out myself...

 

Bruce, Good luck with your new camera! I'm sure your wife will be thrilled... I did the same thing to my husband when I bought mine... I told him after I already ordered it... Luckily for me, he just laughed... Your grandchildren are so lucky to have you doing this for the family... Have fun...

 

I haven’t produced any finished DVD's with my new camera yet but so far I love the touch screen (many reviews didn’t) and the picture quality is so perfect when its plugged directly into the TV... The battery life doesn’t seem to be that great, but I have an extra. I don’t like that it doesn’t come with a battery charger. Everything so far seems to be very simple to figure out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Guest ml

Don't confuse what you see on the computer screen with what will be on the DVD. The quality is usually much lower on the preview screen. The only way you'll see the quality video is to burn the production to a DVD.

 

I don't have that camcorder, but usually you can leave the battery on the camcorder and plugging the camcorder into the AC outlet ( or camera dock ) will charge the battery.

 

Almost all the new batteries have no 'memory', so just plug the camera in to charge the battery between uses.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

I've burned a few copies and viewed them on my tv and I wasn’t to impressed with the quality... However, the TV that I viewed it on is nothing to write home about...The copy we played in my car was nice but thats also a tiny 9 inch screen... I'll see what happens with the firewire... hopefully I'll notice the difference.

 

The battery charges fine... I was just nit-picking for no reason... I didn’t like the fact that I have two batteries and I have to wait until one is done charging in the camera AND then charge the other up... I wanted to have them charged at the same time since I have a tendency to be forgetful about that stuff... But like I said... it’s not even a big deal...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now

×