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Customer Review

on 31 March 2010
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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3.8 out of 5 stars