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Buying a new video camera

Postby Ros » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:54 am

My fantastic Sony Handicam HDR-HC7E has finally died with an electrical problem which will cost a small fortune to repair over here. I have had it for many years and it has worked very hard. I am looking for an equivalent camera which will play all the HD tapes I already have and bring me up to date. I am informed that if I get the electrical problem sorted out I may well get another problem with the same old camera! I would be grateful for any advice on a new handicam and do they still sell cameras which use tapes? I have searched the www and am overwhelmed with Sony cameras but none like my old one. I bought a cheaper Sony £175 recently and am bitterly disappointed with the results and am prepared to pay more for a really good handicam. I am going on safari to Africa soon and MUST have a decent camcorder!
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Re: Buying a new video camera

Postby Peru » Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:45 pm

You might find a used one on eBay.
I had my HDR-HC9 repaired about a year ago to the tune of about $300.00 because I had so many accessories and tapes for it. I still use it.
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Re: Buying a new video camera

Postby Steve Grisetti » Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:52 am

I bought a Sony Digital 8 on eBay last year for $100.

Having a Digital 8 cam gives me access to pretty much any video I shot prior to 2009 (and I started shooting video on 8mm back in 1989, before going digital in 2003).

I won't be using it to shoot any new material. For that I use my Canon AVCHD. But a functional, used one was a very good investment.

BTW, my current go to camcorder, the Canon AVCHD, cost me all of $200 as a refurb on eBay.
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Re: Buying a new video camera

Postby Kent Frost » Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:03 am

D8's were sure short lived, if you ask me. That format came in at a weird time in the evolution of video formats. So few models that were released. They're the best ones to get if you have any variation of 8mm video tapes in your collection, though, because Digital8 was compatible with reg 8, Hi8, and of course D8. Great unit to own if you find yourself needing to convert video from tape to disk for people.
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Re: Buying a new video camera

Postby sidd finch » Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:24 pm

I have kept my old D hi8 camera for that very reason. I have a bunch of video tape on that format and just in case I would like to download anything I have it handy. I have purchased a couple of refurb cameras and they have worked quite well.

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Re: Buying a new video camera

Postby Chuck Engels » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:53 pm

Ros, What is your location in the world ?
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