JVC MiniDV Digital Video Camera: Quality Differences between SD and HD

The JVC miniDV digital video camera is at the forefront of the video making frenzy that has gripped the home based and amateur users after the popularization of websites like the Youtube and others. However, a crucial decision while buying a JVC miniDV digital video camera is choosing between SD and HD enabled cameras. The following article clears the differences between the two to help you select one for your needs.


The HD cameras give a standard resolution of 1920x1080 pixels when compared to the SD resolution of either 720x480 or 720x576 pixels. A greater resolution means sharper and clearer pictures. HD cameras will win hands down in this department.

Frame Rate

The frame rate--the number of still frames being displayed per second--is much higher for HD cameras (30 to 60 fps) where as the SD camera manages only 25 to 29.97 fps.


HD cameras tend to hog a lot of bandwidth and not a lot of video content can be put in a given space--like a CD or a DVD. SD cameras can cram a lot of content as compared to HD cameras.

You will need to make an informed decision based on the above factors as to which one is the most suited for your needs.