Panasonic PV-DV702

A great set of features at a reasonable price, but this MiniDV camcorder won't fit into your pocket

The PV-DV702 is one of the larger and more expensive camcorders we've tested, but it comes with plenty of features that justify its size and cost. For instance, in addition to its ability to record video to MiniDV tapes, it can serve as a Webcam through its USB 1.1 or FireWire connection. It can also record still images to the bundled 8MB Secure Digital card at a resolution of up to 1600 by 1200 pixels--that's the same resolution you'd get from a 2-megapixel still camera, though in our experience the image quality is not as good as that of the typical dedicated still camera.

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