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Camcorder USA compatability?

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by Wacker07plunket, Aug 2, 2002.

  1. Wacker07plunket

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    Hi Folks ,

    I am travelling to the US and and wondering it is advisable to purchase a US camcorder over there. Unfortunatly the UK pound exchage rate with the IRP Punt makes purchasing a camcorder in the UK very expensive

    Is is ok to use in Europe?
    Are there any concerns I should be aware of?

    Thanks

    Stephen.
     
  2. Drafter

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    Hi Wacker07plunket,

    A camcorder made for use in the USA and Canada record and play back using the NTSC video format, which is standard in those countries. Those sold most other places, including Europe and Australia, use the PAL format. Most USA Models end in U while most Europian models end in E or P. These formats use different frame rates and lines of resolution and are mutually exclusive.
    Very few dealers in the USA carry PAL some large houses like B&H Photo 420 Ninth Ave. NY, NY carry good selection of PAL equipment at decient prices you can try online at http://www03.bhphotovideo.com
    Drafter
     
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  4. Wacker07plunket

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    Thanks for the comprehensive advice , much appreciated.

    Take care,

    Wacker07plunkett
     

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