I was wondering you all thought of DVD camcorders? I was thinking of upgrading to DVD starting this season, but didnt know what the video quality is like, their ease of use, etc. Any help or reccomendations would be much appreciated. Thank you
If you ever plan to do more with the video than shoot and watch the DVD, stay away from DVD camcorders. Getting the video into your computer for editing can be a pain. It depends on what you want out of it, but personally I wouldn't go that route.
Why would you specifically stipulate a camera that just records in MPEG? I think the clear winner here is MiniDV because it is the best quality, and can easily imported into any editing software and made into any format.
As mentioned, DVD cameras are compressing video, as are MPEG cameras. Get a nice minidv with a firewire port. You can capture your video in full .avi into you computer with a Non-Linear Editing program (NLE) and do whatever you want with it, including outputting it to other formats.