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Camcorders audio I like the use of the camcorders with PCM AUDIO recording both 12 bit and 16 bit for dubbing , like narration or music background,I know can be done with the computer editing,Im not a computer wiz ,so my question is. I woul like to upgrade my camcorder from MINI DV TAPE to a SD memory type recording, can this PCM 12 bit and 16 bit recording be accomplish with a SD memory card ? just say on a semi pro/consumer camcorder level ? I only use my camcorde as hobby , if so do they have any on the market or maybe soon ?at present time I use a PANASONIC DV 953 model that I love , but not so good in low light if anybody has any information I will apprecciate thank you

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