Sony DCR-HC27 MiniDV Handycam 20x Opt/800x Digi Zoom 2.5" LCD £119.99 Or Less Delivered! - HotUKDeals
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Sony DCR-HC27 MiniDV Handycam 20 X Opt Zoom 2.5" Lcd £119.99 including free delivery. Buy through QuidCo for 2% in cashback or use the direct link opposite to go straight to the deal...

* 800,000 pixels Advanced HAD CCD
* Carl Zeiss lens * 20x Optical Zoom * 800x Digital Zoom
* Super SteadyShot * NightShot Plus
* Battery Info * I.Link (DV output) * 6 Program AE
* Easy Handycam function for simple operation
* Spot Metre, Spot Focus
* Analogue video and S Video output
* 1 Year Parts and Labour Guarantee
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#1
I would beware of using this company after a previous offer (canon ixus75 Camera) was illegally advertised by Empire Direct as "in stock" when It was not available at all.
They contravene the sale of goods act even in their terms and conditions and have been reported to trading standards , however please do shop with this company if you are not worried but don't whinge afterwards:thumbsup:
#2
Empire direct stores will match their online prices. I have got the Romford branch to match several online deals they have had in the past.
#3
I wouldn't buy from empire direct even if this 1p.
#4
Auntie has this, really good camcorder, cost her about £300 I think.
banned#5
lol yeah wow after the whole canon ixus thing empire direct can gtfo
#6
Bought lots off empire direct in the stores never had a problem yet.I bought this camcorder for £130 from comet for my daughters xmas pressy,
banned#7
If it's available at similar prices else where than maybe this might not be a trap like the last one!
#8
i bought one of these for my wife for christmas from john lewis (using a voucher code it was about the same price), to upgrade from an old Sony analogue 8mm camcorder that was about 8 or 9 years old.

It's a basic model, but does the job very well, and is very easy to use - that's what she wanted!
The captured footage is way better than the old analogue 8mm. Image is much cleaner & sharper and sound has greater clarity too.

I read on another forum that mini DV is technically a superior format to the new cameras that use on board HD's or the ones that burn mini dvd's, as they have to compress the video more.
Apparently mini DV is the nearest you can get to broadcast quality on a cheap home consumer model (? correct me if i'm wrong there, by all means)
#9
Yeh but with mini DV cameras the files are gigabytes so you need to compress them on your computer anyway which takes hours. A tapeless mpeg4 HD camera is way better than this for most people.
#10
not the best reviews from amazon for this product. Can anyone recommend any other mini dv camcorders?
#11
Does anyone know is battery life is any good?
#12
Out of stock at John lewis :cry: :cry:

And gone upto £150 at Comet!! :pirate:
#13
thanks, just ordered one, hopefully, everything goes fine.;-)
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Adzha
Does anyone know is battery life is any good?


According to the user manual

Based on using the supplied NP-FP30 battery
Continuous recording time 95 - 110 mins ( The lowest time assumes you use the LCD to record rather than the viewfinder)
Typical recording time 45 - 55 mins (Again the lowest time assumes you use the LCD to record rather than the viewfinder)

Typical recording time shows the time when you repeat recording start/stop, turning the power on/off and zooming.

So in practice the battery should just about last for the length of a 60 min DV tape.

Buying a spare battery like the NP-FP50 with higher capacity will increase the times to

Continuous 135 - 160 mins
Typical 65 - 80 mins

This camera is really good value for the money and DV is the best for beginners and for editing. I bought my Dad one of these when the John Lewis offer was on for £122 and its really simple to use and set up. The quality is good for the money and is comparable to the Sony DCR HC46 which I bought and paid a lot more for!
#15
I had ordered a phone from empire direct (iDect or so) and they took 2 months for delivery!!! I had option to cancel the order but since I was in no immediate need I did not.
Be careful of delivery times
#16
pluves1
According to the user manual

Based on using the supplied NP-FP30 battery
Continuous recording time 95 - 110 mins ( The lowest time assumes you use the LCD to record rather than the viewfinder)
Typical recording time 45 - 55 mins (Again the lowest time assumes you use the LCD to record rather than the viewfinder)

Typical recording time shows the time when you repeat recording start/stop, turning the power on/off and zooming.

So in practice the battery should just about last for the length of a 60 min DV tape.

Buying a spare battery like the NP-FP50 with higher capacity will increase the times to

Continuous 135 - 160 mins
Typical 65 - 80 mins

This camera is really good value for the money and DV is the best for beginners and for editing. I bought my Dad one of these when the John Lewis offer was on for £122 and its really simple to use and set up. The quality is good for the money and is comparable to the Sony DCR HC46 which I bought and paid a lot more for!



Thanks :thumbsup:

Have repped
#17
Never every buy from Empire direct. I've had worst experience.. First of all they take orders when they don't have stock and half the time i guess they do it to gain publicity by bargain hunters.. Not something i would receommend. AVOID !!!!!!!!!!
#18
Quite tempted to get this, but I don't know much about them! From what I can tell this would connect to the PC using Firewire, is that right? Is it simply a case of transferring files (?) from tape to the PC and then editing them there? Not got a Firewire port on my laptop, so does anyone know if there's some sort of adaptor I could use to get it connected via USB?

Thanks!
#19
RichArab
Quite tempted to get this, but I don't know much about them! From what I can tell this would connect to the PC using Firewire, is that right? Is it simply a case of transferring files (?) from tape to the PC and then editing them there? Not got a Firewire port on my laptop, so does anyone know if there's some sort of adaptor I could use to get it connected via USB?

Thanks!


Ideally you need a firewire port or ilink as Sony call it.

I'm sure you can get a card for your laptop which has USB and Firewire connections although I'm afraid I'm no expert:oops:
#20
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Firewire (IEEE 1394) and USB (Universal Serial Bus) are two separate high-speed bus technologies that allow multiple devices to be connected to a computer. The two technologies are not integrated, and it is not possible to connect a USB device to a Firewire port either directly or through the use of a Firewire to USB adapter.

However, that doesn't mean that your Firewire devices are useless if you have a USB port, or vice versa. Although a Firewire to USB adapter does not exist, and cannot exist because of differences in the two technologies, several companies do provide dual Firewire/USB hubs. This type of device has two ports in a single hub, which may be either external or internal; one for Firewire and one for USB - allowing either type of device to function. The combination hub is actually two separate ports combined into a single form factor for convenience; there is no conversion between Firewire and USB taking place when you use one of these hubs.

Another alternative is simply to add two separate cards, assuming your computer has enough available slots. Firewire and USB cards are both coming down in price, and adding whichever one is missing should not represent a major expense.

Both Firewire and USB are efficient, high-speed bus standards. A Firewire hub can support a data transfer rate of up to either 400Mbps or 800Mbps, depending on the standard, and a single Firewire port can connect up to 63 devices and deliver a guaranteed rate of speed to each one. Because of this guarantee, Firewire is often used for devices that require real-time operation such as audio and video systems, and is also used frequently in storage area networks.

USB can connect more devices (up to 127), but supports data transfer rates of only up to 12Mbps. It is more often used for standard peripherals, such as mice, modems, and keyboards. The USB 2.0 standard supports speeds of up to 480Mbps, which makes it more competitive with Firewire.

Although there is no such thing as a Firewire to USB adapter, using a hub allows you to use devices that are compatible with either technology. Both technologies support Plug-and-Play and hot-plugging (hot-swappable).

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PCMCIA Version

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/58971/show_product_reviews
£10.99 inc

USB Hub Version.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Usb-2-0-Firewire-Combo-Hub/dp/B000IG9KNE/ref=sr_1_58?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1199103748&sr=1-58
£20.22 inc


Hope this helps :thumbsup:
#21
For anyone who bought one of these Camcorders and is looking for a spare battery see this deal looks like a bargain

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/130489/sony-accessory-kit-acc-dvdp2-4-99-8/all/all/hot/

The battery that comes with this pack is the NP-FP50 which is a higher capacity than the NP-FP30 that comes with the camcorder.

I'm sure the case will fit but, might not leave much room for other stuff. The DVD discs wont be much use but, what do you expect for a £4.99 plus postage!
#22
pluves1
For anyone who bought one of these Camcorders and is looking for a spare battery see this deal looks like a bargain

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/130489/sony-accessory-kit-acc-dvdp2-4-99-8/all/all/hot/

The battery that comes with this pack is the NP-FP50 which is a higher capacity than the NP-FP30 that comes with the camcorder.

I'm sure the case will fit but, might not leave much room for other stuff. The DVD discs wont be much use but, what do you expect for a £4.99 plus postage!


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[mod]#23
Bargain price for this, thanks ray :)

http://www.empiredirect.co.uk/images/products/250/SON/DCRHC27.jpg
#24
I wouldn't ever buy from Empire Direct again either. The last few times the goods have been advertised as in stock, but aren't. The last (and final) time I ordered they took two months and many e-mails to refund me. These low prices are just a scam to hold on to your money.

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