I bought a Sony 80x Digital Handycam Camcorder; it uses Hi8 Digital cassette tapes. The model I bought has a colour LCD monitor, which you can use during recording and playback, and when having problems recording kids, you can turn it 180 degrees and the kids can actually see themselves the right way up in it, it really fascinates my kids. The screen has a volume control and the sound is very clear, even on the highest setting. You can also adjust the brightness of the LCD screen This model has a Nightshot 0 Lux facility, which when recording in the night enables you to see, you can see all the creatures that come out in the dark, very clearly. Luckily for me it has Super Steady Shot, I use my camcorder for long periods of time, even though the camcorder is very light your arm does begin to ache and then I get the shakes, but with Super Steady Shot, during playback there is no evidence of this shaking. At the time when I purchased this camcorder, there was a special offer, were if you sent the invoice plus £2 you received a accessory bag, spare Battery and a spare cassette tape. Included with the camcorder was a head cleaner, charger/mains lead a cassette tape and a remote handset for using the camera from a distance. The Battery this camcorder uses is a info Lithum L, is it very small, but holds a charge which will do an hour and twenty minutes worth of normal recording, but if like me you use the LCD monitor it goes down a bit faster, because it is using more power. When plugged into the mains and in use, the battery is shut off, to stop it being drained. To charge the battery you just plug the camcorder into the mains and leave it turned off, the LCD display on the side of the camera well keep you informed of the charging progress, and when fully charged it will say FULL on this display. The camcorder can record in different modes depending on the subject; you can have single poses, group poses, action shots and slow mot
ion, which is just, like watching the Olympics. On the bottom of the camcorder there is a screw fitting, which is for use on a tripod. There is a standby lock, which disables the record button, so you don’t end up with pictures of the inside of your accessory bag. The camcorder comes with two different fittings for playback through a video or television, one is a scart socket connection, and the other is a set of three plugs, red, white and yellow. On playback the camcorder has a search facility, which enables a quick scan of the contents of the cassette, so you can find the clip you a looking for quickly. The camcorder is reasonably light and very small it fits snugly into the palm of your hand. This is my first ever camcorder and I have found it very easy to use, and I am very impressed with the recordings I have made so far, the pictures are clear and you can hear voices and sounds very clearly too. I would recommend this camcorder to anybody.
I bought this DIGITAL 8 camcorder a while ago and i am quite pleased with it because of its many features like the night-shot and the DV port (I. LINK?) where (software needed) you can record on hi-8 tape or straight to the computer via the PC's FIREWIRE port. It has 20x Optical and 80x Digital Zoom A Digital Photo Mode, which again can be extracted with the I. LINK? port, this feature records for 7 seconds al still picture and if you wish sound in the background. Night Shot with Slow Shutter, now this is amazing, it is true infrared night viewing! I?ve tried this on our local field, where I stood at the bottom, and my friend stood at the top, i could see him very clearly, this is good for viewing things in pitch black as well as low light viewing. Also I found the ergonomics of this camera quite good, as all the buttons are easily reached, even in low light. Also with this camera, you can play your old 8MM tapes, which is quite useful for people upgrading from 8MM or HI8 cameras. Apart from Sony re-calling the battery it has been fine I recommend this to any prospective buyer! a superb alternative for people who don?t want pay £10 a shot for the new DV tapes but don?t mind only 60 min per tape FULL RUNDOWN OF SPECIFICATIONS: Digital 8 Camcorder with 20x Optical/80x Digital Zoom I. LINK? (IEEE1394) Digital Video Interface Digital Photo Mode Analogue Input Recording Night Shot with Slow Shutter Imaging Device 1/4" Colour CCD, 460,000 pixels F 1.4 - 2.9 F(Focal Distance) 3.6 - 72mm FILTER DIAMETER: 37mm Focusing Full range inner focus system (auto manual) MINIMUM ILLUMINATION: 4Lux/0Lux with Night Shot Shutter Speed 1/60 - 1/4,000 (in AE Mode) Viewfinder B/W ACCESSORY SHOE: Yes - Intelligent Video/Audio Recording System Digital Component Helical Scanning System AUDIO RECORDING: PCM Audio 12 or 16 Bit AUDIO/VIDEO OUTPUTS:
Yes (Phono- Stereo) AUDIO/VIDEO INPUTS: Yes (Phono- Stereo) S-VIDEO IN/OUT: Yes External MIC Input Yes (Stereo Plug-in Power) Headphone Jack Yes (Stereo) CONTROL L (LANC): Yes White Balance Auto EXPOSURE: Auto/Manual (Dial) PROGRAM AE: Yes, 7 Modes You also get a charger and battery (F-330) as well as a strap and cleaning tape. I gave it *****