For that money, you could almost buy TWO HDV camcorders!
It looks like a good machine. I'm just not sure the advantage of having a standalone player rather than just using an HDV camcorder for your playback.
Sony makes a similar model for a similar price, FWIW.
They'll both likely give you excellent results.
The use of decks, is often multi-functional:
Save wear on camera's heads
Allow Capture, while the cameras are on assignment
Allow for the feed to a calibrated, CRT monitor (do not think that PrE can feed the Program Monitor to an external device, but PrPro can)
Decks are often more lenient with tapes from multiple camera makes/models, than other cameras often are
Probably a few dozen reasons, that I have not considered, or even knew about
Could you recommend 1 or 2 HDV, MiniDV tape cameras the work well with PE7? I like your idea about buying a camera instead of a deck!
Makes a lot of sense,
The Canon HV series are some of the best HDV camcorders for under $1,000. They usually sell online for between $650-800.
For miniDV, I recommend Sony, which continue to provide the best bang for the buck. A new Sony miniDV can be found for between $250-400. Used (which are often just open boxes, even if the cams themselves have never been used) models can be had for as little as $100 on Amazon and eBay.
Unfortunately, most big box stores (Best Buy, e.g.) no longer sell tape-based camcorders in their stores. But Amazon retailers still sell them.
WOW, those Sony cams sound great for the price. Will they
definetly handle playback of the HDV format I shoot with my Canon XH-A1? Will I lose any quality?
I'm guessing and hoping you are going to say YES and NO.
Steve, sorry to be a nudge ;-) but can you recommend some cheap Sony
MiniDV "HDV" cameras that I can use to capture "HDV"?
MiniDV and HDV are two very different things, rp.
miniDV cams are standard-def cams, and they can be had very cheaply. (Although there are also pro-sumer versions that sell for up to $3,000)
HDV is a tape-based hi-def video format. These cams start at $600.
If you want tape-based hi-definition video, you need an HDV cam -- like the Canon HV series.