Good-Bye, VHS; Hello, DVD

At a Glance
  • Hitachi DZ-MV350A DVD-CAM Camcorder (Hitachi-DZMV350A)

  • Sony DCR-TRV70 MiniDV Handy Camcorder (Sony-DCRTRV70)

  • Canon ELURA 50 Mini DV Camcorder (Canon-8713A001)

  • Sharp VL-Z7U Mini DV Camcorder (Sharp-VLZ7U)

  • Samsung SCD33 MiniDV Camcorder (Samsung-SCD33)

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Features Comparison (chart)

Video Capture Products: Just The Facts
All of these products can take video from your old analog camcorder and convert it into a digital format ready for putting onto a DVD, but their features and prices differ greatly.
Product Street price (7/1/03) PC interface Video inputs Video outputs Audio input integrated? Bundled software Comments
Adaptec VideOh DVD
3-stars
$150 USB 2.0 Composite / S-Video None Yes Sonic MyDVD 4, ArcSoft ShowBiz Has a sharp-looking external box and hardware encoding but no analog output.
ADS Technologies USB Instant DVD 2.0
3.5-stars
$160 USB 2.0 Composite / S-Video Composite / S-Video Yes Ulead VideoStudio 7 SE, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 2, ADS CaptureWiz, MuVee AutoProducer A handy external box and wizard-driven software make capturing and outputting video simple and straightforward.
ATI All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro
4-stars
$449 AGP Composite / S-Video Composite / S-Video No1 Pinnacle Studio 8 High-end 3D graphics board has a wealth of video and TV features, but it's very expensive.
Best Buy
AVerMedia DVD EZMaker USB2.0
4-stars
$90 USB 2.0 Composite / S-Video None Yes NeoDVD Standard Digital Suite, Broderbund MovieShop Select 6.5 This small, versatile, and inexpensive capture device requires significant processing power in your computer.
Pinnacle Studio MovieBox USB
3.5-stars
$165 USB 2.0 Composite / S-Video Composite / S-Video Yes Pinnacle Studio 8 Is a straightforward and easy-to-use device that comes with a good software bundle.
Footnote:1 Uses the PC sound card to capture audio.
At a Glance
  • Hitachi DZ-MV350A DVD-CAM Camcorder (Hitachi-DZMV350A)

  • Sony DCR-TRV70 MiniDV Handy Camcorder (Sony-DCRTRV70)

  • Canon ELURA 50 Mini DV Camcorder (Canon-8713A001)

  • Sharp VL-Z7U Mini DV Camcorder (Sharp-VLZ7U)

  • Samsung SCD33 MiniDV Camcorder (Samsung-SCD33)

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