I have a camcorder which i am seriously considering taking RTW with me. What are the odds it'll get nicked/broken? Do people reckon its worth the risk? Wouldn't be as bothered if it was at the end but seriously pissed off if at the start. Doing North america, NZ and oz then S-E Asia. Got insurance but obviously more fussed about footage. Ta very much C
Well, you always run a risk with this, but I don't think it's much worse than for example taking an ipod or a digital camera along. The main thing with regards to the footage would be to keep it separate from the camera, ie in another bag or ship it home every now and then. That way, even if the camera gets stolen, you'll only lose the tape in it and not everything shot till then....
I have some videos from assorted trips and their fun to watch again!
Make sure you have no problems recharging the batteries. As for the footage, sending it home would be a good idea, you don't want to carry too many tapes around with you. As a word of warning: Keep the tapes away from any magnetic surface and mobile phones. It can seriously damage the footage.
On the other hand, don't forget that you would be carrying around some more weight and need more space in your backpack. That can become an issue some time further down the road.
As for safety, the same rules as for cameras apply - don't use it in crowded places (eg. Markets) or at night... Make sure you're camera bag doesn't signal wealth - you might want to buy a 'neutral' camera bag and neck straps without brand names on it.
Hope that helps.
sometimes, changes in temperature can disable your video cam temporarily due to condensation within...test your camera before leaving the comfort of your air-cond room! most video cams have an warning indicator (a red tear drop appears on the LCD!...and the camera goes beep!beep!)...wait..that's the only advice! of course, keeping a sachet of silica when u zip up your camera bag helps!