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Mini-DVD and Mini-DV – What’s the Difference?

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By admin | January 8, 2020

If you’re new to the world of camcorders, all the terminology can be a little confusing. For instance, is there any difference between a mini dvd and a mini dv? What recording format works best? The mini dvd versus mini dv camcorder debate still rages on, but before you learn the pros and cons of each format, it’s probably best to start with a definition of each camcorder.

Mini-DVD is simple enough. This type of camcorder records directly to DVDs that you can play right away on any device that has the ability to playback DVDs.

Mini-DVs are a little less straightforward. Strangely enough, mini-DV camcorders record onto miniature tapes – but don’t be alarmed. Although video technology has long since left the era of VHS in the dust, that doesn’t mean mini-DV technology is inferior. This is far from the case. On the contrary, mini-DV camcorders actually produce better picture quality than their mini-DVD counterparts, but they are not as convenient. For obvious reasons, recording directly to a DVD disc makes it easier to watch and share videos right after they have been recorded.

In the end, the type of camcorder you choose depends on what’s important to you. If video quality takes the cake, go with mini-DV. On the other hand, if convenience and ease-of-use wins out, don’t hesitate to purchase a mini-DVD camcorder instead.

Still, there are other things to consider when looking at a mini dvd versus mini dv camcorder. Mini-DV camcorders offer more than just superior quality and sharp images – they are also more compact and easier to travel with. More selection is available to the consumer because all the brand names manufacture this type of camcorder. With mini-DV a wider selection of models and higher end cameras allow you to find the exact camcorder you want without making compromises.

At the same time, mini-DVs are more expensive than mini-DVD camcorders, so if cost is a major factor for you, mini-DV may not be the right choice.

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Again, mini-DVD camcorders win out if you want to record and play without any hassle. This type of camcorder allows you to enjoy video playback immediately after recording, because all you have to do is play the disc in your DVD player. Not only is this convenient, it’s much easier for all members of the family to use – including grandma! And it’s not a problem if your DVD player is too old to play newer DVD formats – mini-DVD camcorders make it easy to run playback on the television or through a traditional VCR.

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DVD camcorders are relatively small as well, although not as small as mini-DVs. With DVD camcorders you can use DVD-R, DVD-RW discs, and DVD-RAM on certain models. Rewritable discs let you record up to 1,000 times over on the same disc, while recordable discs only record one time. The cost of DVD-R discs is comparable to mini-DV tapes, although DVD-RW discs are much more expensive. Editing is also very easy with mini-DVD camcorders.

Neither camcorder is better or worse than the other – it all comes down to a matter of personal choice.

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