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« Thread started on: Feb 25th, 2007, 7:32pm »

Does anyone have one and if so how do they like it? I want to by a new camcorder for the Stanley Hotel trip and wanted to get other people's opinion. Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 1st, 2007, 4:25pm »

I have take a look at some of the HDD camcorders out there and haven't been too disappointed with the specs on them. The one thing to remember with them though is that once the harddrive is full, you can't simply change it out for another one. What ever is on their either has to be dumped to your computer or erased. I am hoping that Sony puts out a higher capacity version of their HiDef camcorder as their current version does not allow for extended recording for an overnight investigation.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 1st, 2007, 6:06pm »

I think I may go with the 60 gig hardrive one but now my dilema is should I wait for the new model or just buy the one that is out now? I'm not sure if the new model will be out before the Stanley Hotel event.
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 6th, 2007, 08:35am »

I have been conducting paranormal investigations for the past 16 years, and I like to think of myself as fairly experienced with most equipment. Video happens to be my specialty. In addition to ghost hunting, I spend most of my time working on documentaries. This has given me the opportunity to work with most types of cameras that are available to the consumer market.

In regards to the HDD camcorder, it has many pros and cons:

Let's start with the CONS:
1. As mentioned earlier by Eeek_the_Kat, the hard drive size is a major limiting factor if you are on a lengthy investigation. This will require either a back up camera ($$$) or a laptop to dump the info to. The laptop is a solution that is easier on the wallet, but will steal away time from the investigation, due to the time it will take to export the footage on site.

2. I have seen un-fixable glitches and memory loss with some of the early models of HDD's. This also, is no good for evidence collection. Data loss is not an option on a ghost hunt. You need reliable equipment in order to get reliable evidence.

3. When on an investigation, equipment tends to shut down without warning (rapid battery drain). This can't be good for a hard drive. It is the equivalent of a computer crash. I can't even imagine some of the worst case scenerios that could arrise.

PROS:

1. These HDD cameras are less expensive across the board. No money spent on tapes. Less expensive way to get a High Definition camera.

2. They will eventually become the standard of the industry. Tape will eventually be phased out for the most part. As this happens, the technology will improve and the prices will continue to drop.

3. No more loosing or recording over evidence. DV or Hi8 tapes tend to "disappear" during an investigation. When this happens, you are S.O.L. Also, it never fails that the evidence gets played back immediately after the investigation to see what was captured on film. The only problem with this is when the tape gets accidentally erased, glitched or the machine decides to have it for lunch. Bye Bye evidence! HDD cameras have safeguards in place that make the accidental loss of data less likely. Also, in order to misplace evidence from the HDD camera, you will have to lose THE ENTIRE CAMERA! Since this is not likely, it falls under the PROS category.

My advice: For now, buy a quality (3CCD if possible) Mini DV camera with night shot (research the night shot range of each camera before purchase - my personal favorite is the Pannasonic Super Night Shot).

For more info, come to my video lecture at Rolling-Hills Country Mall on May, 5th 2007. See the following link for details:

http://www.rollinghills-ghosthunt.com

http://shop.rollinghillscountrymall.com/displayProductDocument.hg?productId=188&categoryId=60

Rolling-Hills is, by far, the best location I have ever investigated. Check it out if you are ever in the Northern NY area.

-Ben
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