Purchacing a MiniDV Camcorder in USA for use in Europe - NTSC -PAL

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Peter Colins, Nov 23, 2007.

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    Peter Colins Guest


    I am purchasing a miniDV camcorder in USA and intend to use it in Sweden
    As see it the NTSC - PAL is a non issue I intend to edit with Adobe
    premier Pro capturing the DV via firewire. However I do have a question
    concerning miniDV tapes. is there one standard for miniDV tapes, if a
    tape is recorder on say a PAL camera is it playable on a NTSC camera?

    Thank you for your help. Peter
    Peter Colins, Nov 23, 2007
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    Jukka Aho Guest

    Capturing and editing is not an issue, but playback might be. While many
    European tv sets are multistandard, there are still those older ones in
    use that won't sync to a 60 Hz signal.

    Also note that while NTSC camcorders record 20% smoother motion, the
    spatial resolution of their images is 20% worse. (If I was in your
    shoes, this would be my primary concern. SD PAL resolution is not too
    great to begin with, and SD NTSC resolution is even worse.)
    Not necessarily. That would depend on the camera in question. Even if
    the camcorder can play it back you may still encounter problems with
    some tv sets not necessarily being able to sync to the "foreign" signal.

    There are some sources for PAL camcorders in the US as well (for
    example, camera shops near international tourist attractions may carry
    them.) Whether they're a good deal or not, that's a tougher question.

    (Also, have you considered the HD formats? HDV, AVCHD, etc.?)
    Jukka Aho, Nov 23, 2007
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    G Hardy Guest

    If your camera is more than about £1K it's cheaper to fly to New York, stay
    four nights, and buy a PAL camera over there. (From the UK at least.)

    For example: Canon XH A1
    From Amazon UK £2315

    From Broadway Photo in NY: $3450
    Flight & 4 nights stay £336 (from Manchester)
    Total in GBP £2012 = £303 saved!

    There's always the danger that HMRC will demand import duty if you try to
    bring the boxed camera back, and there's also the issue of whether the
    warranty is valid.

    If the OP is going over there anyway, even low-end PAL cameras will be
    cheaper than here, if available.
    G Hardy, Nov 24, 2007
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