Camcorder or DV VCR?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Peter Goldfield, Oct 9, 2003.

  1. Mini DV VCR's with screens cost around £6-800,
    DV VCR's with or without VHS are around £600+,
    Camcorders with all editing facilities - DV in/out, analogue in - are
    starting as low as £389.
    Questions -
    1. Will the picture, seeing as it's digital, be any worse if I plug in a
    camera and leave it permanetly as a VCR than with a more expensive deck?
    2. What's the probability of the mechanics giving out on a (say Canon
    MV600i) camera compared to Sony or Panasonic decks or walkmans? - reasonable
    use, maybe 100 tapes a year, probably less. Mainly taking footage from tapes
    recorded on main (JVC) highish end camera.

    If I had to buy 2 cheap cameras over the same amount of time as one deck I'd
    still be saving but then I could use the "camera deck" as as spare camera

    Any opinions/musings/experiences would be much appreciated...
    Peter Goldfield, Oct 9, 2003
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    In message <bm3ka2$969$>, Peter Goldfield

    Interesting questions Peter. Such thoughts have (often) occurred to me.
    No. DV gives up to about 520 lines resolution, irrespective of any other
    Logically yes, but IMHO practically, no.

    It seems very likely that manufacturers would adopt/adapt the same drive
    mechanism from the camcorder for the VCR.
    Nice thought (see below).
    The limiting factor is the length of recording (1 hour on standard and
    1h 30m on LP).
    Up to a year ago I used to make fairly frequent long-haul flight to
    India (and a couple since to Dominican Republic). I recorded (or rather
    transferred) DVD movies onto miniDV tapes and watched them using my
    TRV-30 to while away the 10-hour flights. Much better than having to put
    up with the airline's in-flight movies.
    Tony Morgan, Oct 9, 2003
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  3. It seems very likely that manufacturers would adopt/adapt the same drive
    Yes I bet you're right - books and covers etc....
    Not sure about that -; I was watching Apollo 13 in flight enroute London-LA
    one time and at the stroke of "Houston - we have a problem" the plane did a
    sickening dive and went through turbulence never before experienced for
    about 10 minutes - I think (hope) the pilot was playing a joke - great

    DV tape is a great way of recording from DVD - and then back to a NLE or
    other if wanted. Just a tip for anyone interested...

    Peter Goldfield
    Peter Goldfield, Oct 9, 2003
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    In message <bm4frt$19a$>, Peter Goldfield

    I found that that wouldn't work (for me). I still had to run it through
    (Super) DVD Ripper.
    Tony Morgan, Oct 10, 2003
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