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Your fears are unfounded. MiniDV is the best choice.
but if i get a min DV it will be relatively large camcorder. sure the quality would be great but i want something handy. are SD camcorders compatible with premiere?
i found this camcorder called
Insignia® - 5.0MP High-Definition Digital Camcorder with 3" Swivel LCD Screen
im not sure what kind of file type this is but from customer reviews and the look of it its awesome! very small looking but is it compatiable with premiere?
Waste of money, not compatible with Premiere, save up a little more for a camcorder from one off the top brands.
what would u people recommend? something with good quality, size, and compatibility with macs
MiniDV, Daniel. If you want to edit, get a tape based MiniDV. Hard drive and DVD camcorders do not create files that edit very well. They're designed more for the shoot and watch crowd.
For a Firewire DV Camera - look at Panasonic PV-GS320 or GS500 (Note that I have not used either, but they have good reviews)
I do not have current model names/numbers, but would take what Jim and others have said as gospel. If you wish to edit, without grief, you'll look to a mini DV-tape based camera. That is the best. Do not listen to the salespeople, as they have likely never used an NLE program to edit.
If you only wish to record and view, then the field is open. Otherwise, go with tape for now. Things might change in time, but not now.
Let me state right up front that I have a Sony FX1 so I can appreciate the value of a good camera.
However, I recently went on a sailing vacation to Puerto Vallarta and I would never consider taking my FX1 out on the ocean without a waterproof housing. So instead, I decided to try out my Canon SD950 ELPH which has 8 Gb of memory and allows me to take more than an hour of 1024x768 video, which is roughly 720p at 15 fps with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Even with the limitations of this little camera, the video I got is amazing. The fact that I was able to carry it around in my pocket and whip it out at a moments notice allowed me to get some amazing shots that would have been completely missed if I were wrestling with an FX1 in a housing.
So there is something to be said for an inexpensive, small, solid state camera. If you are just using it for family vacations and such it may be perfect. The clips that it creates are stored as .avi files that work perfectly with Premiere. From there you can create 720p Blu-ray productions that rival that of much larger mini-DV cameras.