The Canon MVx250i records video to mini-tape and stores photographs as jpg and avi to a card.
It also has an Advanced Accessory Shoe, audio out, a microphone socket, USB and power sockets (grouped together to the right of the lens) s-video and firewire (below the lens). The USB cable was included with the camera and is required to download data (jpg and avi files) from the card. You need a firewire cable to download the video from the tape.
The camera came with editing software (but not for linux), which I did install and use, and it worked fine - including providing a range of video compression options. See Audio and Video
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