Mini-DV (DVC) tapes: Panasonic vs. Sony @ $3-$4 - which is better?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Josh, Dec 7, 2003.

  1. Josh

    Josh Guest

    Given the choice between the Sony "Premium" or the Panasonic
    AY-DVM60EJ 60 minute mini-DV (DVC) tapes, is either brand better
    quality, likely to last longer, less abrasive on the heads (dry vs.
    wet lubricant), etc.?

    With current sales I could get the Sony tapes for $4 each or the
    Panasonics for $3 each, so I'd like to know if I should just go with
    the cheaper Panasonics or if Sony is worth an extra $1... assuming any
    of these are in stock of course.

    Normally I would buy some of each, but I've seen threads warning
    against mixing brands. No dealers or retailers I've talked to will say
    (or admit) they have ever heard of negative effects of mixing brands,
    but there are enough threads about this subject that I have to give it
    a little credence.
    Josh, Dec 7, 2003
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    Jonesy Guest

    I'm only new but I would just get the panasonic. I am really a sony person
    but I've heard most people say Sony and Panasonic are pretty much equal.
    This is the first i've heard about mixing tapes though. Now I'm concerned
    because in Australia I got 10 Panasonic tapes, then in Japan I got 5 sony
    tapes. They both work fine though. It isn't like I do huge amounts of
    filming, just holidays etc.
    Jonesy, Dec 8, 2003
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  3. Also in Australia, I stuck with Sony tapes because-
    They are easier to find at remote places
    They are cheaper AU$9 vs AU$13
    I have a Sony Camera
    Shaw Goh \(NetPlus Micro Computers\), Dec 8, 2003
  4. Panasonic is an excellent company with a large professional presence.
    I wouldn't hesitate to capitalize on the cheaper price.
    There is a lot of evidence that you should stick with one brand.
    Robert Morein, Dec 8, 2003
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    Bill Van Dyk Guest

    If I remember correctly, the last stages of that discussion involved an
    acknowledgement that many of the problems associated with mixing tape
    brands had gone away because of refinements in the manufacturing process,
    and changes to the type of lubricants used on the tapes.

    It was also widely believed that if you mixed up tape brands on a regular
    basis, you should not have any problem.

    I don't recall that anyone felt that one particular name brand was
    significantly superior to any other.

    For myself, I freely mix up brands all the time and have not had any
    Bill Van Dyk, Dec 8, 2003
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    David Chien Guest

    Used multiple tapes here, they all work the same. Possibly, long, long
    ago, when the format was new, there were problems here and there, but
    all of the manufacturer's have long worked out the problems between
    tapes and made sure they all work in almost all camcorders today. (Just
    like VHS tapes. Used to be a long time ago, cheap tapes were, well,
    bad. but now, even the $0.99 tapes work great.)

    See -> hot deals, search DV for even lower prices.

    eg. recently $1.89 / JVC tape.
    David Chien, Dec 8, 2003
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