Heading to New York....

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  1. Gliese 581c

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    .... in a few months (Beg of Sept) and want to pick up an HD cam. I currently own a modest Sony DCR-PC8E which I'm happy with but now want HD.

    I'm looking to pick up the Sony HDR-SR7. I like the HDD option and I'm glad to hear that Vegas will support AVCHD well before I buy the camcorder so thats my editing worries over.

    Anyone bought from the US and brought back to the UK ? Any issues ? I'm sure Sony give a 1 year International warranty ? Also, the best place to buy in NY ?

    Anything else I need to know or have missed please let me know. Thanks

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    Seems the SR8 might be released in the US by the time I get there.
     
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    SR8 is $1599 at B&H, quite high I thought ? :(

    Any other good retailers in NY that I would visit that might be cheaper ?
     
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    In Oct 2003 i used an older version of the DCR-PC8E to record my trip to New York........... happy days and great camcorder :)
     
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    Since my line of work involves creative thinking, UK Customs are unlikely to believe you took the camcorder on holiday with you if they find the box in your luggage.

    Why not post the box, and all the bits that you don't need home to yourself in the UK and just keep the camcorder and charger with you in US. Most chargers these days come with a universal PSU and a figure of eight lead so you could even take a UK one with you in preparation complete with a US travel adapter.

    EDIT: Avoiding Customs Duty and VAT is illegal and somehting I would never do.

    ;)
     
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    The SR8 is not a US model. The one you saw at $1599 is an imported PAL model, so more expensive. They have a NTSC model at $1399, also imported (from Canada I suspect; the SR8 does exist there).
    The SR7 is $1249.

    I don't know of any place better.
     
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    A bit more research confirms the SR8 was not released in the US, at least not originally. It seems it is starting to be more widely available, though it is not shown as a model on the Sony USA site.
     
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    found the SR8 for $1099 from fotoconnection.com - dont know if they have a store or not and also their trader rating on resellerratings is simply awful.

    also its $1059 from goodguysphoto.com - cant find much about the company.
     
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    goodguysphoto.com are one of the many high pressure, bait and switch etc rogue dealers in Brooklyn.... here is a picture of their "store"....
    http://donwiss.com/pictures/brooklynstores/h0264.htm

    You may find an exception, but generally B&H are competitive... you may find a model slightly cheaper from another quality supplier... if you see prices much lower then B&H then likely it is one of the rogue dealers...
     
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    http://donwiss.com/pictures/ManhattanStores/

    http://donwiss.com/pictures/BrooklynStores/


    Looked at some of the stores on those sites, some look really dodgy.
     
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    mark, when buying HD, is there any reason to buy pal over ntsc or vice versa ?
     
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    There are reasons, pro and con about "PAL" vs "NTSC" for HD.
    As you probably know, for HD these terms don't technically apply, but in PAL land we have 50i and in NTSC land 60i. But all HD screens here will play either.

    Advantages of PAL:

    - If you shoot in SD mode, it will be PAL, and can be played on any old TV here.
    - You can have issues with flicker from lights if shooting with a 60hz camera with 50hz lighting.
    - In HD, because the resolution is the same and the data rate is the same but there are fewer frames per second, there is less compression. (though in practice I don't think this makes for a visibly better picture).
    - 25 fps is closer to the 24 fps of film (if you like that)

    Advantages of NTSC

    - 30 fps is an advantage if fast movement.
    - Better support for the 60i format; e.g. the first generation of HD-DVD players only play 60i, not 50i.
     
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    Intersting one that though. I'm going to be using a HTPC for playback, at 60Hz refresh. My LCD will accept both, and my scaler will accept and output many more 60Hz resolutions that 50Hz.

    Would that make you think there might be more advantages that disadvantages to having an NTSC camcorder in the UK?

    It was the 50Hz lights and the flickering thereof that was putting me off more than anything else?
     
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    yeah the 50hz flickering is a worry for me too
     

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