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Help & Opinions required - Sony DCR-PC350

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by Shakey21, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. Shakey21

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm thinking about purchasing this Camcorder as on paper it looks very good. I'm new to all this and have never owned a camcorder but there are a few big events happening that make me want to buy one (baby due in January and a holiday to take in October) so I want to take the plunge and get up to speed before then. So I basically know very little apart from what I have read on here and my own limited research. Howver, I think this camcorder looks pretty near the mark with features, not bothered about bluetooth, I can connect it to the PC via USB (I assume this is USB2.0 and I'm not sure if it has firewire - if anyone knows I'd appreciate your input).

    Here is a list of features of the Sony site:

    Audio
    Audio Dubbing 12bit YES
    Audio System PCM (12bit / 16bit)
    Built in Microphone Stereo
    Built in Speaker YES


    Bluetooth
    Basic Imaging Profile NO
    Dial-up Network Profile NO
    Gereric Access Profile NO


    Camera
    14bit DXP YES
    Advanced HAD technology YES
    Backlight Comp. YES
    Camera Noise Reduction YES
    Fader Black, White, Mosaic, Overlap, Wipe, Monotone, Random Dot
    Focus: Full Range Auto YES
    Focus: Manual YES
    Image Device: Size (CCD) 1 / 3.0
    Image Device: System (CCD) Interlace
    Interval Rec. NO
    Manual Focus Key Ring
    Minimum Illumination (lux) 5
    Minimum Illumination with NightShot (lux) 0
    Number of Pixels Act Camera mode (K) 2048
    Number of Pixels Act Memory mode (K) 3048
    Number of Pixels Gross (K) 3310
    Program AE Portrait/Beach & Ski/Sports Lesson/Landscape/Spotlight/Sunset & Moon
    Shutter Speed 1/3-1/3500
    Spot Focus (Touch Panel) YES
    Spot Meter YES
    SteadyShot Super (Electronic)
    White Barance Auto / Outdoor / Indoor / Onepush


    Dimensions
    Depth (mm) 106.7
    Height (mm) 107.3
    Width (mm) 57.3


    Flash Light
    Automatic Pop Up NO
    Flash Mode: Recommended Distance (Memory Mode) (m) 0.3-2.5
    Hologram AF NO
    Night Framing NO


    Jacks
    Audio In YES
    Audio Out YES
    i.LINK (DV) In YES
    i.LINK (DV) Out YES
    i.LINK (MICROMV) In NO
    i.LINK (MICROMV) Out NO
    S-Video In YES
    S-Video Out YES
    USB Terminal YES
    Video In YES
    Video Out YES


    Lens / Zoom
    Color Slow Shuter: Camera Mode YES
    F 1.8-2.9
    f (35mm conversion): Camera mode (mm) 45-450
    f (35mm conversion): Memory mode (mm) 44-374
    f (Focal Distance) (mm) 5.1-51
    Filter Diameter (mm) 30
    Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
    Nightshot: Camera mode Super
    Precision Digital Zoom YES
    Zoom Key Lever / Button on LCD frame
    Zoom Ratio (Digital) 120
    Zoom Ratio (Optical) 10


    Memory
    Burst Record High Speed
    Burst Record Auto Exposure Bracketing YES
    Burst Record Multi 9 Pictures NO
    Compression JPEG
    Format MPEG1
    Image Size: Max 2016 x 1512
    Image Size: VGA 640 x 480
    Index Playback YES
    Max. Number of Recording Pictures (Supplied Memory Stick) 240
    Memory Mix YES
    Memory Stick PRO Compatibility YES
    Memory Stick R Compatibility NO
    MPEG Movie EX
    Number of Recording Pictures in Best Mode (Supplied Memory Stick) 10
    Progressive Scan NO
    Progressive Shutter System YES
    Recording Media Memory Stick DUO
    Recording Mode Presentation(320x240)/Video Mail(160x112)
    Still Image Recording Mode Fine 1 / 4
    Still Image Recording Mode Standard 1 / 10


    Network
    Album Function NO
    Email Function NO
    Network Function NO
    USB Network Function NO
    Web Browser NO
    Wireless Communication with Bluetooth Function NO


    Others
    16:9 Wide (Full) YES
    Accessory Shoe YES
    Battery Info YES
    Built in Light NO
    Continuous Recording Time with Supplied Battery and Viewfinder (min) 110
    Demonstration Mode YES
    Digital Picture Effects Still,Flash Motion,Luminance Key,Slow Shutter, Trail,Old Movie, Delayed Motion effect / Cinematic effect
    InfoLITHUM System YES
    Max. Continuous Recording Time with Optional Battery and Viewfinder (min) 205
    Picture Effects Mosaic, Solarization, Monotone, Sepia, Neg.Art, Pastel
    Power Consumption : LCD (W) 3.2
    Power Consumption : VF (W) 2.9
    Progressive Recording Mode YES
    USB Streaming YES
    Weight without Tape/Battery (g) 410


    Supplied Accessories
    21 Pin Adaptor YES
    AC Adaptor AC-L25
    AV Cable Stereo AV
    Lens Cap YES
    Memory Stick (MB) 16
    Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FF51
    Shoulder Strap YES
    Software Picture Package
    Stylus Pen NO
    Tape / Cleaning Tape NO
    USB Cable YES
    USB Driver YES
    Wireless Remote Comander RMT-831
    Wrist Strap NO


    View Finder / LCD Monitor
    Hybrid LCD Screen YES
    LCD: Pixels (dots) 123200
    LCD: Size (inch) 2.5
    Touch Panel YES
    Viewfinder Color
    Viewfinder: Pixel (K dots) 123.2


    VTR
    Cassette Memory YES
    Dubbing and Editing Digital Program Editing
    Format DV
    Hi8/Video8 Playback NO
    LP Recording YES
    NTSC Playback on PAL TV NO
    Playback Zoom YES
    Signal Convert Function YES

    It is currently availble to buy for £770 so I think it looks not bad but I would appreciate your input on any pros and cons.

    Many thanks.
     
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    Hi,

    Firewire = IEEE1394 = i.LINK (DV)

    So, yes ! This cam has firewire.

    Best regards,
     
  3. Shakey21

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    Ahh thanks, tld you I didn't know anyhting about this lot.

    Cheers
     
  4. MarkE19

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    What do you want to do with the camcorder when you connect it to your PC?
    If you want to put still images onto the PC or even use the cam as a webcam then USN (1.1 or 2.0) is good enough, but if you want to edit the footage in full DV quality then you can only do this with firewire.

    Mark.
     
  5. Shakey21

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    Mark,

    I want to do editing and burn some DVDs, I am thinking about this also as a replacement for my Nikon Coolpix 775 (2.1Mpixel) as it does 3MP stills until I get one of those Canon digital SLRs after Christmas.
     
  6. Shakey21

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    Or as an option, would it be worth going for a Panasonic NV-GS200B?
     

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