We shot over 160 hours of video using Canon mini DV cameras in the last half of our circumnavigation
There is a weakness that happens in Canon and other mini dv video cameras. Their tape transport mechanism are prone to failure. In fact, Canon only warranties their transport mechanisms for three months.
If you think about it, you will realize that most people shoot only a few hours of video each year. Christmas
, birthdays, and vacations. Maybe ten hours a year total. Transport mechanisms can handle that type of use.
But try shooting 100 hours of video a year, and there is a good chance that the tape tranport mechanism will bite the dust.
I have had three transport mechanism failures with my cameras.
Here is the point. If you are going to shoot a lot of video, then buy an extended service contract
that covers the transport mechanism on the camera.
I now buy my mini dv cameras from Amazon, because they have a thirty day no questions asked return policy. When I got the camera, I would use it heavily for a couple of weeks to test and stress the tape transport mechanism. If it doesn't fail after twenty hours of use, then there is a glimmer of hope that the transport will last. But still get extended warranty coverage so that if the transport mechanism fails, you won't get stuck with a repair bill that is usually about half of what you paid for the camera.