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    Firstly im sorry if ive placed this in the wrong place, my name is Ray and ive jus retired and was thinking of dabbling with wildlife nothing special or grand just Birds on a few stations i know and maybe a few deer, anyway i have found this for sale
    DCR-VX2000E (DCRVX2000E) : Camcorders : Sony

    Asking price is £650 the advert says it also has a Senheiser MKE300 zoom microphone with Rycote Windjammer the guy says its approx 7 years old and only used twice could i please ask is the price and the machine ok for me thank you...Ray

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    It's a very well respected camera and I'd suggest the price is about right with the MKE300 - especially if it's hardly used. Would have been approx £1500 when new.
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    Offer him £600, I'm sure he'll go for that and we can split the fifty quid you saved.

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    That's an ancient camera. Find it hard to believe it's only been used twice. Be aware it's a 4:3 chip. It has a 'cinema' mode for 16:9 but the picture quality will look very soft compared with a genuine 16:9 camera.

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    Thanks a lot Archie ive left it alone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archie View Post
    It has a 'cinema' mode for 16:9 but the picture quality will look very soft compared with a genuine 16:9 camera.
    ...of the same size and quality of CCD

    (and I think "very" is stretching it a bit - I certainly cannot spot the difference on my Panasonic NV-GS400 which has lesser CCDs)
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    Tim, I'm surprised at that opinion. I owned 2 of these cameras. I also owned PD150's (The more 'pro' version) and later PD170's. Even the much newer PD170's picture in 'cinema' mode is way soft in comparison to my current XH-A1's SD picture. And bear in mind that the expert opinion is that an HD cam (which the XH-A1 is) in SD mode isn't comparable to a genuine 16:9 SD cam. Remember, people are viewing now on ever larger TV's. The differences between 'OKish' and 'good' are much more noticeable. I might be wrong, but isn't the GS400 a 4:3 cam too? Maybe that was an earlier version.

    I should have mentioned the LCD sceen previously - It's small and 4:3. Put the cam into 16:9 mode, and the picture's tiny. You need to make sure your glasses prescription's up to date for sure.

    They were great cameras of their time, but that time's been and gone now.
    Last edited by Archie; 03-09-2010 at 10:45 AM.

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    Can you guys tell me where to buy a decent used machine i dont know where to look thank you

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    You're in the wrong forum really Delmonte, but there's often cameras for sale here:
    Video Editing Retail Specialists and Hardware For Sale - Video Editing Forums: Digital Director

    And here: Classified - DVdoctor.community

    There's e-bay of course. Same rule applies for any used camera purchase - buyer beware!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archie View Post
    I might be wrong, but isn't the GS400 a 4:3 cam too? Maybe that was an earlier version.
    Indeed. That's why I made my point about not being able to tell the difference between 4:3 and 16:9 in terms of quality.

    However, your comment about the LCD is an interesting one. On the Panny I do not get black bars at top & bottom (thus a smaller image) as you did on the VX2000, I get the thing stretched vertically, so maybe this is an indication that it deals with widescreen differently (ie still uses the whole of the sensor).
    Tim

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