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<update> Read my review about the Belkin IEEE 1394 Fire Wire card to find out how to transfer DV to your computer. If you are not a Dooyoo user, please leave me a comment where you found this opinion. Thank you. </update> Ever wanted to make your own movies? The Sony DCR-TVR20 brings you very close to what you ever wanted to do. Record digital movies, transfer them to your computer for editing and then transfer a finished product back to the ‘miniDV’ tape. Because of the digital format, all this is done without any loss. Make it more fun by adding own soundtracks or by creating a VideoCD to send to family and friends. The Sony camera is a digital camcorder and a digital camera in one. The resolution of the video footage is 520 horizontal and gives very sharp videos. Resolution of the stills is 1152 x 864 pixels. This is not comparable with digital cameras of today, but more than enough for web purposes and small printouts. The video footage is stored on ‘miniDV’ cassettes that usually have space for 60-90 minutes of video. The stills are stored on ‘memory sticks’ (a Sony product that can store up to 64MB of data) and can be transferred to a PC with supplied serial cable. Images from the memory stick can be overlaid over the video footage to create neat effects in real time. Choose from framing, titling Photo, "blue screen" and "stills in motion" effects. Other video effects that the Sony camera offers are (among others): sepia, B&W, negative, slow shutter, trail and several faders. If you plan to transfer your digital video to your computer you will have to purchase a Fire Wire (iLink 1394 interface) adapter for your PC. The cheapest ones I have seen are for £50 but it is well worth it because it will bring you to a new level of video editing. The battery life depends on which battery you are using. With the standard battery, you can e
asily use the camera for up to 110 minutes. If you use the largest battery around, a running time of up to 8 hrs is promised. How much you use the colour LCD has a great importance on the battery life. Use the viewfinder to save battery life. The LCD has a resolution of 246k dots, making images very sharp and detailed during playback or when monitoring recording. 270° rotation allows you to see your subjects and your shot at the same time, from virtually any angle. Choose one of the pre-programmed auto exposure programs that suit the shooting occasion. ‘Sports’ for high speed performance, ‘Beach & Ski’ to eliminate back-light, ‘Portrait’ to enhance foreground, ‘Landscape’ to avoid near object focusing, ‘Spotlight’ to avoid white faces and ‘Sun & Moon’ for moody lightning. The camera is also equipped with Sony’s ‘Nightshot’ which enables you to shoot in complete darkness (0lux). This is achieved by illuminating an object with IR light and it works amazingly well. All together, this camcorder will give you the power to create near professional video footages of anything in your interest. In addition, the Sony camera is also able to take good still images onto a very portable medium, the ‘memory stick’. If my opinion was useful to you, please register with DooYoo. Maybe even check out my other opinions?