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PC8 vs PC101 vs DVP 7

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by Sipiano, Jul 15, 2002.

  1. Sipiano

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    I am a complete novice at this game and am looking to buy my first camcorder. I want something small that will produce good results. I've narrowed the search down to the Sony PC 8, Sony PC101 and the JVC GR DVP 7 EK. I can get the PC8 for £679, the 101 for £889 and the JVC for £839. I'm not particularly bothered about the cost I just want the best camera of the 3 that will produce the best results without any extranious bits and pieces. Are these in fact the cameras I should be looking at or are there better mdels out there ? (that are as equally small.)
    I've read that stills performance on a camcorder is not too hot so I intend to buy a digital stills camera as well.
    Any suggestions guys ?
    Your help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Investigate Panasonic NV-GX7B.
     
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    Thanks for that I'll have a look. I was hoping for a few more replies because I want to buy in the next few days and don't want to spend the cash on the wrong one !!
    Anyway, thanks for your input, it's appreciated.
     
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    I've now had a look at both cameras. When you compare the JVC GR-DVP7and the Sony PC101 next to each other, there's no competition - they're so close in size, and the JVC has numerous features missing, such as analogue input, and so on. For example, you can fit an external mic to the JVC, but it's a proprietrary connection, so has to be a (pricey) JVC one.

    The Sony's slightly heavier, but this is almost totally down to the fact that the battery's a bit chunkier. Which, IMO, is fair enough, as the guy explained that realistically you get 1-1.5hrs out of the standard Sony battery. The JVC is good for 30-40 minutes in reality. Not much use then, really, if you *have* to carry a spare battery. Oh, and there are about 8 kinds of batteries for the Sony, going all the way up to the daft but practical brick-sized 8-hour job. The JVC's max battery is good for < 2 hours. :-o

    The JVC has no thread for attaching filters, meaning that protecting the lens or adding polarising filters isn't possible. Etc., etc. I could go on, but really there's no point. ;-)

    Oh, and the best price I've found for the JVC is at www.askdirect.co.uk (£829 inc vat). The best price I've found for the PC101 is from www.camerasdirect.co.uk (£884 inc vat).

    So the Sony wins hands down, IMO.
     
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    Hmm... I still really like the Panasonic NV-GX7B.
     
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    Thanks again for the replies. I had basically decided up to last week to go for the 101, but then I read a review in one of the mags (camcorder user) that said the colour reproduction was poor and that the auto focus kept 'hunting.' It also only got 3 stars for picture and sound quality - which are pretty much the things I would imagine you would want a camcorder to be good at !! - this kinda put me off. I know it ended up with a Gold award but this pretty much seemed based on ease of use and features. I also read a review of the PC 8 in what camcorder and it got a cracking review. Hence my indecision and thoughts of getting the PC 8. I'm not sure what more the 101 offers than the 8 ?
    Thanks for the price tips as well.
     

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