Comparing Sony mini HDV tapes

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  1. John Hondros

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    Hi, I've just bought a Sony Z5 and I'm currently doing some research on the best tapes to use.

    I know there is a lot of comment on the web about HDV tapes just being marketing hype, but on balance from my research it seems to be that HDV tapes have a lower chance of drop outs than regular tapes. As a result, I've settled on either using the Sony DVM63-HDV or the PHDVM63-DM ("Digital Master") tapes.

    I've compared the specs of the two, and although I have not been able to find a full set of specs for the DVM63-HDV tapes, they seem identical as far as I can tell to the DMs from the specs available expect (1) they are a lot cheaper, and (2) they don't come in a fancy box. I've written to Sony for a full spec sheet, but that was only yesterday (and I'm not hopeful for a reply).

    I need the most robust solution I can get as any errors are very costly for me, but if I can avoid paying extra money for nothing then I'd like to avoid it.

    Any comments welcome!

    Thanks, Makris
     
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    Some people have gotten away with virtualy no drop outs with sony premium,i have not been that lucky and average 1 or 2 per tape but i still use them as pound for pound i do not think the value is worth it in the expensive tapes.MY HDV cams are SONY HC-1 AND FX-7 and i have used around 80 tapes recording hdv and that would be a lot of money useing master tapes.
     
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    Sorry to divert slightly, but how do you like the Z5E ? I believe it has a 20X zoom, amongst it's new features.
    A super machine, I bet ! Any probs ?
    (I have had no issues/dropouts with normal Sony DV tapes in HD format, btw.)
     
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    Despite the general concensus (on all the websites I read) that 'made for HD' mDV tapes are unnecessary, I still pay the extra for Panasonic's AY-DVM63AMQ. Not sure why. I guess I'm just falling for the marketting hype.

    Even with these (relatively) expensive tapes I was still getting severe dropouts though. I'm hoping it was a camera (HV30) fault and that when I get it back from Canon later this week, it's been resolved.
     
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    I have had JVC and Sony cams in the past. However, I have never had any luck with Sony or JVC tapes. In fact the JVC tapes always gave drop-outs and sometimes made the cam head dirty. I have not used either tapes for a long while.

    On the other hand macell and, in particular, Panasonic have been very good and I have never had trouble with them.
     
  6. John Hondros

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    I'm due to fire my first shot in anger with it tomorrow, so I'll let you know!
     
  7. John Hondros

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    Just an update a few months later for anybody who's interested. I've now used about 15 tapes with this camera shooting in HDV, and I've not had a single dropped frame. 11 of those tapes were Sony Premium and the other 4 were Sony HD tapes. Not a statistically valid sample I know, but ancedotally interesting nonetheless.
     
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    I've used about 100 Sony Premium tapes on my HC-3. No probs at all.
     
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    Same here:smashin: And with HDV camcorders
    With SD MiniDV not a worry. I have not infact used any other brand for the last 5 years.
     
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    Me too with all my hdv cams but i have always and always will have the odd dreaded drop, just unlucky who knows but i am not alone and it has not put me off hdv yet :mad:
     

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