Recular HDD's will never be better, because of ovbious reasons. When they put solid state drives in cameras, that is when they will be better. Just wait until solid state drives become cheaper, and can hold a lot.
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I'd like to bump this, i'm really looking into HDD camcorders because it just seems so easy for everything to be saved to the camera and not have to carry numerous tapes (and the $ for them) but why is miniDV so amazing?
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dv 25mbits/second bitrate cant yet be touched by avchd codecs. the people shooting 720p on hdv though have something to worry about though, because thats 19mbits/second, and avchd cameras can do that now. BUT bitrate numbers aside, the shittiest mpeg 4 codec known to man, aka avchd, tends to produces A LOT of noise, grain, and artifacts. so... i figure until avchd hits its theoretical cieling of 25mbits/second... then, it will be okay to use. otherwise, if you want a solid state camera, look for one that uses a proprietary codec, such as the hvx200 or the sony ex cameras.
hard drives just straight suck because the truth is, you cant build a 100% effective shock mount closure for a hard drive that can take the constant movement associated with filming. ipod hard drive fail a lot. mostly in cases where retards like to jog with them, ski with them, or jump up and down with them.
that post was hard to write. being nice to people asking stupid questions on the internet is weird for me.