Hello all. Can you tell me if there is a significant difference between using a standard MiniDV tape from a quality brand and the brand's HD version? I just got a Canon HV20 and when I went to buy tapes, I was stunned at the price difference. Also, I read somewhere it's important to use the same brand and model of MiniDV tape. What's the big deal if you use different brands with your camera? Thanks in advance for your help.
Yes, there is a difference. HD rated tape has a much lower dropout rate than miniDV. Using my Sony HC3, I had significant dropout using TDK miniDV tape, where I've had none using Sony HDV tape. In DV format, a dropout is just a momentary glitch in the video, probably not even a full frame. When HDV has a dropout, it can cause a loss of up to 15 frames, 0.5 seconds.