I have serviced both Sony and Panasonic dv cam and dvc pro units.
I'd give Panasonic the edge as when I encountered Sony malfunctions
under warranty, they were less forward about admitting that there WAS a
factory problem. Panasonic was VERY upfront when we encounterd something
that fit that bill.
Not that any camcorder is easy to service, but Canon was the worst !
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Well, we finally dove in and bought a Panasonic SDR H200. So far we
more than pleased with it. It is unbelievably light. It also truly
fits in the palm of your hand. I am a very small person and I find it
comfortable to hold. My husband who is definitely larger, also finds
very comfortable. The screen has a nice resolution and the control are
all logically placed. I can stop, pause, play, and pretty much control
the camera with my thumb without disturbing the camera. It takes
reasonable stills. I think the audio is fine. I haven't really had
chance to push this camera's limits yet, but I hope to do that really
This site is the only one I have found to show the rear of the camera
Roger and Allison Kulp wrote:
> I would be interested in this,too.I would eventually be interested in
doing DIY news,and political activism shorts,and uploading them to
> Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Hi All:
> Sorry for the cross-posts here.
> I am looking to buy a DV camera to take hiking and other travels.
> The requirements are:
> 1. small and light, hopefully smaller and lighter than a digital SLR
> 2. rugged and needs to have reliablly long battery life.
> 3. simple to use. I am no advanced videographer here. I just need
something to take good video and
> not be hassle to use. As close to the equiv. of a point and shoot
camera or fully-auto SLR camera
> would be great.
> 4. cost is a factor. I do not need the latest greatest HD camera.
Good, crisp NTSC is just fine
> unless HD stuff is cost-effective and as small and easy to use.
> 5. either decent built-in sound quality or a jack for an external
> 6. digital output so I can load the video onto my hard drive and burn
DVD's. Firewire and/or USB is
> 7. I'm assuming anything I'd want uses tape. The format would best be
cheap and readily available.
> In my experience, I tend to have a bias against Sony products, but
I'd consider one if it were head
> shoulders better for the same cost. The problems I've had with Sony
have always revolved around
> stupid design or, more often, crappy build quality and zero customer
support. I very much like our
> little Canon point and shoot -- in fact it's what's gotten me keen on
video. I love my Nikon D70 SLR
> but it is big and heavy and there are some situations where I'd
rather shoot video to tell the whole
> I don't see me making long "creative" "movies," more like short hits
that are more about "this is
> what I see right now" visuals where the scenery is too big and too
spectacular for my photographic
> skills to tell the story in a still image.
> Hopefully, I'm describing what I need correctly. I don't know enough
about digital video to say "I
> need these specific specs." That's what I'm hoping to gleen from your
> Thanks in advance for all help/suggestions.
> -- Tom Fine
> Pinpoint customers who are looking for what you sell.
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