- Jan 29, 2003
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I'm looking to buy a camcorder for a friend who's about to have a baby. I'm confused by the different kinds of media you can record on. Is there a clear favorite? I'm perusing the Sony website, my choices are DVD, hard disk, miniDV, digital 8, hi8, and video. I don't even know what the 3rd, 4th, and 5th are. My friend is not particularly techno savy, but I'd like to get something that won't be obsolete before too long. My gut tells me that digital media, as opposed to tape, is the way to go. Is technology for digital there yet? Does digital media even matter, if you can essentially download tapes onto your computer? I remember that load times and recording times for older cameras that wrote directly on CDs/DVDs were pretty slow, is it the same for current camcorders?