Sure, not five minutes after I write the previous post, I see that David Pogue’s column for the New York Times talks about the problems of tapeless camcorders: Beware the Tapeless Camcorder.
He brings up several good points, including the dreaded storage issue:
Suppose, for example, that you buy a hard-drive or memory-card camcorder. And suppose that, when the card or disk gets full, you dutifully copy the movies to your computer. But then what? You can’t just leave them on the PC’s hard drive forever; they take up too much room, and your current hard drive won’t still be around 20 years from now. Even if you keep buying new, bigger ones every few years, are you sure you want to entrust your only copy of your home movies to something as crash-prone as a hard drive?
That still doesn’t fix my jammed Elura, though.