This last Canon MiniDV Camera that ever shipped provides access to legacy MiniDV tape archives
R. Scott, Amazon
26 November 2014
Summary: The era of shooting movies with my spent Canon ZR10 is over but, I was able to buy this Canon ZR960 for cheap to give me access to the 150 plus Mini-DV cassettes I have shot over the last 13 years. I am shooting all my video now with a Canon HD 1080p camcorder, using an SD card instead of tape.
Summary: Videotape is essentially dead on the consumer side. MiniDV is still the single best codec available for standard definition video, though, so it's still a good idea to have one of these cameras lying around for quick, high-quality SD shooting.
Summary: Okay, so this is a good camera as far as capturing the footage but I too have been caught up in the Firewire dilemma. Between me and my family there are four computers. Two Hewlett Packard's, one Compaq and one Emachine.