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5.0 out of 5 stars Just great, 31 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Canon LEGRIA HV40 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10x Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Widescreen Colour LCD) (Camera)
It seems to me that most of the reviews of this device miss the point. The HV40 produces great output but in tape format. Some see this as a disadvantage (sure, it takes a full hour to transfer a single tape to a PC) but, in my opinion, the advantages of tape greatly outweigh this:

1 - Sooner or later your camera will malfunction, be stolen or simply be dropped. With a tape machine, up to an hour of footage is at risk (not 20-30 as would be the case when using a 240Gb Hard disk monster. SD cards are still much more expensive than tape, so I don't think they offer a reasonable alternative);

2 - DV tapes (don't bother with HDV equivalents - they're unnecessary) are cheap and last for at least 10 years so, as your competence increases, you can re-edit old footage and produce still better output; and

3 - The load on the editing PC is dramatically less than when processing AVCHD output from Hard disk or SD machines. You may well avoid a PC-upgrade if you stick with tape.

I have just two negative comments:

1 - the HV40 seems very expensive when compared with the older HV30 (essentially the same device); and

2 - a Firewire port is needed for editing (becoming increasinly rare on modern laptops).

Otherwise, the HV40 is just great! Buy one while they are still available. I fear that, despite my enthusiasm, the HDV format for "prosumers" is doomed. It'll remain for the professions, though.
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Initial post: 6 Apr 2010 04:49:21 BDT
S. Dexter says:
thanks for your review - i am tempted to buy. With regard to lack of firewire ports on most laptops - this problem is easily resolved now that they come with an 'express' port. You can just plug in a firewire card (cost about thirty or forty pounds) and it works a dream with no fiddling arround. Thanks for review

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2010 10:31:35 BDT
G. Roberts says:
Well yes - some do, indeed, come with an "Express Port". But this, too, is disappearing. Many laptops have only USB for input and this is useless for tape-based camcorders.
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