[quote]Originally posted by hmurchison:
Congrats on the new Baby Nos. My Son turned two weeks today. I'll be needing a camera soon. I'm looking at the Canon ZR45</strong><hr></blockquote>
Congrats likewise hm! Two weeks, so you had yours on the 26th? Wow, we had ours on the 22nd. Another girl, which made my older daughter happy because she wanted a sister. Seems like theres another baby boom going on. Everyone I know is having kids.
As for the ZR45, I was initially excited to get the ZR40 for the following reasons-
1. It's cheap.
2. Unlike the cheap Sonys (Dig8s) it's not unwieldly huge.
3. It does analog to digital pass thru conversion which I need to efficiently convert my Hi8 tapes to DVDs. Fortunately, the VCR function of my old Hi8 still works so I can play it through to another camcorder.
I shied away from the ZR series for the following reasons-
1. I'd seen a lot of reports of motor noise being captured on tape with the ZRs.
2. I tested the pass thru feature by taking my pBook into Best buy and playing a tape from a sony thru S-video into the ZR40 then to the computer through firewire, of course, and noticed some frame skipping. It's possible that was due to the slow notebook hard drive, but I didn't notice the same problem when I used the pass thru feature of a sony with my pBook.
3. The difference in image quality between the ZRs and sony TRV18 seemed significant.
I ended up talking myself into a TR25 for $789 by mail order. The first one I got actually had a motor noise problem so I sent it back. The second one I got which happened to arrive 8 hours AFTER my daughter was born worked fine. I recommmended it to another couple who's having a baby and they got it online for $750. It's small, has a lot of manual features I like, and sony has a good rep.
My Hi8 lasted eight years. Hopefully, in eight more years I'll be able to buy a High Def, solid state recording, foveon or better CCD, that fits in my pocket. Eight years after that they better fit in my sunglasses!