Here's our Hardware Tip for.. September 17, 2004
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Buying a Digital Camcorder--Part 1 of 3
These days, most digital camcorders offer a FireWire (aka IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port--but not all of them do. The basic shopping rule is, don't buy a digital camcorder unless it offers a FireWire port.
One of the most compelling reasons to go with a digital camcorder is the ability to edit your footage on your home computer--and the FireWire port is quickly becoming the de facto standard interface for this purpose. It doesn't matter whether you have an Apple or a Wintel-based system; both camps are heading the same way when it comes to digital video editing.