Three video cameras to film directly on hard drive

Filming on hard disk has several advantages. The first of them is that it requires no support for video sequences. Stored directly on the hard disk, the user no longer has to regularly buy cassettes or DVDs. The economy in use is far from negligible, as the saving of space on the shelves.

The other is undoubtedly the gain on acquisition to make arrangements. Once connected to his computer, hard disk camcorders to appear as a mass storage device. As with USB keys, it is sufficient to perform a drag and drop to transfer the video to edit. If so this may require some time, it is still not commensurate with the classic acquisition for which a minute of film requires a minute scan.

HDD camcorders are not provided free of defects. The recording format is often MPeg-2, a widely used standard today. Unfortunately, builders often use a proprietary version which requires the user to install the codec on their machine.

Long only manufacturer to offer this type of camcorder, JVC is joined by Sony. To us, the JVC GZ-MC505 is the most complete model, and has a wide range of functions and features especially the great advantage of offering an audio input for an external microphone. The Sony DCR-SR90 is following very closely. So even if it has a better picture quality (very slight), the lack of audio input behind the JVC. Also, we own not be a fan of the touch interface of the Sony model. For those who do not require camcorders offer many functions, filming on HDD is possible. JVC GZ-MG77 offers a camera for automatic use that perfectly meet family use.

All three camcorders feature a hard drive 30 gigabytes to record about seven hours of video in the highest quality.

The selection eLaptopComputer

JVC Everio GZ-MG505

30 GB of video in this camcorder.

83 stars

Test performed on 05/10/2006

JVC Everio GZ-MG77

More than 30 hours of video without changing the cassette.

70 stars

Test performed on 08/06/2006

Sony DCR-SR90

The video on the fingertip.

82 stars

Test performed on 08/09/2006