i need a mini DV deck that i will use for playback only. only a couple hours use per week. just something to dump raw footage into my editing system. after all these years, i'm surprised that the best price i can find is the JCV miniDV/SVHS deck for $700.00.
anyone know any other options?? hate to sink that much $$ into something that won't be used much. i've considered buying an inexpensive miniDV camera to use as my playback deck but i don't think they're built for that kind of use, even in small doses.
A note on capturing from a cheap deck/camera: If you plan to batch capture tapes, make sure the MiniDV "deck" you plan to purchase has multiple playback speeds going forward and reverse. I've regrettably purchased a $200 Samsung MiniDV camcorder, and it only had one speed going both ways. My NLE (Final Cut Pro) was always going past the logged in/out points of my clips.