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Which minDV cam?

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by djskinz, Jul 30, 2001.

  1. djskinz

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    Hey, anybody got any advice on which is better: JVC, Panasonic or Sony? I've got a budget of around £600-700 and want a compact type. Thinking about JVC GR-DVX9 or 44. Any one know whether they are any good?

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    Hi,

    I've got the DVX-9, bought it from Costco for around £750 (lifetime refund for any reason). It's a great camera for what I need (baby on the way), and the digital stills camera is an excellent function, although a dedicated digital camera would be better. I don't think you'll regret getting one of these.

    Good luck,

    Noel :)
     
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    thanks for the info, I might get the dvx8, but I think they have the same main features. One thing though, can you tell me what the cameras like in low light, ideally I'd like to have digital night scope, but for the price I'm getting it I might consider it.

    Thanks dude.
     
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    Pretty good in low light, although it's the first camera I've had so I don't have much frame of reference. I've never been disappointed by it's performance, so that must be a good thing.....

    Good luck!
     
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    Hi,<br />I've got a Thomson equivalent to the JVC you mentioned.

    With the "Gain Up" switched on, the performance in low light is pretty reasonable. A Night Scope would give better results but cost quite a bit more. The only issue is that the autofocus can struggle to lock on when shooting at night, so I would advise using manual focus.

    One little tip to check out - my camera has digital effects that can be added either when you are filming or when playing the tape. The JVC GRX9 may be the same. One of these effects is Sepia Tone (like old photos). This works really well for enhancing detail when something is shot in dark conditions.

    The Sepia effect can be used on playback without changing the original film.

    BTW - Keene Electronics do long life batteries for this camera, they are £40 each or two for £70. They last twice as long as the standard JVC batteries which sell for £60 on the high street.

    Good luck
     
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    Thanks again for the advice people, it much appreciated. One more quest is does the dvx 44 take still pictures, because I read it uses JVCs JLIP connection but the broshure does say whether it have digital still camera built in. Basicall This will help me in buying either dvx8/9 or dvx44. I have to decide whether I want digital night scope (dvx44) or digital still camera facility (dvx8/9). anybody help? Thanks <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
     
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    jvc x9 £599 del.<br />check what vid&tv mag.<br />uk stock.
     
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    del usually stands for delivered, ie no extra carriage charges.

    Regards
     
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    That's a great price for the DVX9. Bite their hand off!
     

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