January 11, 2012

VideoCamCorder Redefined

Many moons ago, I bought a mini digital video camera in the form of Panasonic NV-DA1. It can record video resolution of 720x480 and can take still images w/ OK IQ - compared to a digital camera that time. (image borrowed from http://www.calhamar-tv.blogspot.com/ - thanks!)

It was one of the early DV recorders (circa 1999) and the spec was very good:
  • Camcorder Type: Digital
  • Recording Format: Mini DV
  • Optical Zoom: 17x
  • Display Type: With LCD Panel
  • LCD Panel Size: 2.5 in.
  • Digital Zoom: 200x
  • Image Stabilizer: With Image Stabilizer
  • Low Lux: 1 Lux
  • Night Shot: Without Night Shot
  • Audio Format: ATRAC Stereo
  • Digital Still Shot Mode: With Still Shot Capability
It even came with FireWire port which supports 400-3200 Mbit/s transfer rate which was fairly new that time. I think the format is virtually dead by now while USB2.0 remains king.
It was also the time when Night Shot by Sony was very popular. Not sure why I chose Panasonic which doesn't even sport this feature - but I always relate portable devices with Panasonic (even my portable cassette player is a Panasonic :P) than Sony. Most of our home A/V equipments are Sony specially the TV sets.

Fast forward to this day and I now have this:
A Micro Four Thirds system based Digital Video Recorder :D Body is a Panasonic GH1 which I already hacked to GH13 and can already record 1080/24p@44mbps [I hope that's correct] movies. This particular model is discontinued already and you may want to check the GH2 which is said to better RED Epic's specs/performance.

And the lens which I just acquired today after many days of waiting - is a Panasonic Lumix 14-140 which is a 10x true blue optical! zoom :D
USD650 at Amazon

One of the best superzoom out there that even people in the industry is using - mostly with the ~USD4300
Panasonic AF-AG100 Live MOS Full HD Digital Camcorder due to mount compatibility. So far I am impressed with the wide and tele end of the lens. Will post sample shots soon.

Thinking of getting a Panasonic Plasma Display soon... :D Sorry Sony - have.no. plasma :D

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