Each medium has it's advantages and disadvantages. It's good to understand how each digital video recording medium performs before you select which one you'll use.
Mini DVD camcorders let you record directly onto a disk that can then be popped right into your DVD player for viewing. However, there are some drawbacks to this digital video recording medium.
Mini DVDs cost less than $1 apiece. Mini DVD-RW disks can be reused over and over, but other types of mini DVDs can only be used once. Different cameras accept different types of disks.
The amount of video stored on each disk depends on the quality setting you use for recording. Recording the highest quality video, you'll fit less than 30 minutes of footage on each disk.
The big advantage of mini DVD camcorders is that the disks can immediately be played on most consumer DVD players. However, not all disks are compatible with all DVD players, so be sure to check for compatibility before purchasing a mini DVD camcorder.
Mini DVD camcorders record footage in MPEG-2 format, which is not ideal for editing. In fact, many editing softwares do not support MPEG-2.
Mini DVDs are compact and easy to store, making them the ideal method for archiving video footage shot on mini DVD camcorders.