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NTSC Vs PAL on SONY DCRTRV33

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by larkin, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. larkin

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    Hi

    Would any body out there be able to answer this question?

    I have an existing / old analogue camcorder and I have the opportunity to buy a new Mini DV camcorder from the USA. The camcorder I am interested in is the Sony DCRTRV33. The NTSC version is cheaper than the PAL (DCRTRV33E) version but I need to use the 'Digital Pass Through' feature of the camera to transfer my old videos through to the PC via Firewire. Anyone with a TR33 out there will hopefully know what I am going on about.

    Will there be a problem because one is PAL and the other NTSC?

    Thanks
     
  2. MarkE19

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    Hi larkin and welcome to the forum :hiya:

    Thats a very good point and I really don't know the answer. At a complete guess I would say that it should work ok as PAL & NTSC are the recording formats and nothing is being recorded on the DV cam, but don't quote me on that! :confused:
    The other thing to look at is if you get caught bringing the cam back into the UK (now or even in a few years time) you can be charged VAT & import duty. With the cheap internet prices now available are you really going to be saving much money?

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    Hi Mark

    Thanks for replying. I did a search on this forum and have been reading about the issue of 'getting caught' and that does worry me a little not to mention the warranty issues (which the retailer has already warned me of!).

    My reason for considering a purchase from the states is that when I was there last I bought an SLR camera and saved an absolute bundle (from B & H Photo). I didn't get stopped through customs so never considered it.

    With the current pound / dollar situation and the price of these cameras in the UK it is very tempting. I even have the option of buying an E - PAL version to absolutely sure but it all comes down to getting through customs and I am not a gambling man!!

    This forum is very informative indeed.

    Thanks again
     
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    Hi Mark

    I just had a thought. Can you recommend any UK or Euro websites / shops for buying camcorders? I only know the obvious places and I always prefer to buy from reputable or recommended retailers.

    Thanks
     
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    Only buy NTSC if you are moving to an NTSC country

    Get a euro model cheap
     
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    AJElectronics seem to get rave reviews from some on here. Have a search around this forum and see what you can find. Also get a camcorder mag and have a look through the adverts.
    Once you have found a price you are happy with take the advert/web adrress & phone number etc along to a Jessops and they will pricematch it for you. No risk of an untrustworthy e-tailer etc.

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