Remember them? We barely could! And not because we’re too young to recall their place in the technological timeline; it’s because as quickly as they rose to prominence they quickly were replaced by better technology. Let’s remind ourselves of their history….
MiniDV was launched by Panasonic and Sony in 1995, and down to it’s far more compact weight and size (a dinky 2 inches tall!), quickly became the go-to choice for professionals and amateurs alike. Heck, documentaries and cinema releases even utilised the technology: take the hugely popular Supersize Me released in 2004 as a well-known example.
And so, gone were the days when as a home-movie enthusiast your only option was to lug a huge VHS camcorder around, only to miss the moment the candles were blown out on the Birthday cake! MiniDV camcorders were offering a much more slimline and portable option – meaning you could capture those moments quicker and with less setup time. Plus, the results were better too – better resolution and more comparable to a true digital picture. Sleeker and slimmer recording technology; this all sounds great doesn’t it? Well, yes. For a short time at least.