camcorder advice, PC connection etc

  Roy* 14:57 16 Jun 2008

I'm looking into low cost simple camcorders for my daughter considering Canon MD216 or MD205. Phoned Jessops and the chap there didn’t know the difference, done a bit of searching around on the internet but nothing obvious, except one says stereo for the 216?

So can anyone advise on the difference? Sorry more of a Whatcamera? Question but I know you guys cross over and have multi media views.

…and then here’s the PC question:

I asked how to connect to PC, he told me it has a Firewire Out (IEEE 1394) port, I take it that one of those unused ports on my home pc is a firewire in, the ones we use for networking at work? Will a standard firewire (i.Link) do the job or will I need something specific?

  jack 15:22 16 Jun 2008

That will do it - the assumption is if its got the ports its got the works to go with it.
The Mother board hand book [got one] will confirm it or a Google to the MoBo site or download
click here
and run it it will give you thew lowdown on what the machine has.
If all else fails a Firewire PCI card is about £15/20 or so.

  Roy* 16:00 16 Jun 2008

Anyone got any camcorder advice?

  Woolwell 20:36 16 Jun 2008

Interestingly the Canon UK site doesn't list the 216 under their products.

Suggest you search the web for reviews of the products.

You may or may not have a firewire port. It is not a networking port that is ethernet by cable. The camera may not come with a firewire cable and you will need to check that the connection at one end fits your camera as there are different sizes.

  Joe R 22:24 16 Jun 2008


Review of MD216 here. click here and MD205 here. click here

  Roy* 08:32 17 Jun 2008

I've checked the home pc and I do have a firewire in plug. I decided to go for a Canon MD235 in the end due to it's higher resolution (more pixel).

So just got to source the firewire cable and get some blank tapes..........

  Joe R 17:00 17 Jun 2008


the camera should come with a firewire connector.

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