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Sony DV Camcorder DCR-HC53E only £99 at Asda
Sony DV Camcorder DCR-HC53E only £99 at Asda

Sony DV Camcorder DCR-HC53E only £99 at Asda

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Hi Guys, I found out this morning my oldish camcorder was not vista compatible so i needed a new one for my hol on wednesday, I went to the usual suspects, currys comet pc world etc, and they had the exact same model as above for 149, i just thought i'd see what asda over at hull had to offer and i was amazed to find it at only £99.00 so i bought one, im not saying its the best in the world but it has a touchscreen and looks the business for a ton.

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OUCH - Seriously HOT deal!
Great spot OP - happy holidaying and videoing !

in store only one assumes???

Is on line x

oscars mummy;4330851

Is on line x




Instore only it seems. showing out of stock online.

direct.asda.com/Son…als

Great Deal. Pity there's none online though. This camera uses DV tape and not flash memory as I first thought. Still great price I think,

might have to go and get 1. thanks

Your better of getting one which records onto SD cards or has a HD - so much easier to transfer onto DVD - something like the JVC GZ-MS100EK - can pick it up for around £150. I managed to get it from amazon for £155 with a cashback of £35. May be able to get it cheaper now - great camera.

Selling on amazon for £157 now here: amazon.co.uk/exe…73U

Original Poster

i saw others that did record onto dvd and sd card but i thought if i have dv tapes why not use em on my new one, good news is the new software seems to operate my old camcorder too, so i may be using the asda 28 day no quible money back guarantee

point to note though is you need a 4pin firewire cable, just got one from comet for 14.97. currys wanted 30 quid!!!

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for the money its flippin brilliant, good luck getting them guys

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When you record to SD/DVD/HD the footage is compressed, then when you edit it on your computer it is compressed again losing picture detail/clarity and sharpness. Tape is still the best option unless the camera can record in an uncompressed avi format which uses GB's per 10 mins, if you don't edit your videos then shoot for an SD/DVD/HD format camera.

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This was previously £119.99 on Amazon

dcx_badass;4330680

A camcorder cannot not be vista compatable, it records onto tapes and not … A camcorder cannot not be vista compatable, it records onto tapes and not onto Vista, what you mean is the supplied software was not compatable. I'm presuming it was a DV camcorder in which case there's loads of software that would have worked fine.



Oh dear!!!

OP good find.

nobody can beat the tapes when it comes to archive or store it for longer time.

"Your better of getting one which records onto SD cards or has a HD - so much easier to transfer onto DVD"
?????
not so, my sony dv camcorder connects to my panasonic dvd recorder by a firewire cable and records directly on to a dvd.

editing tapes, dv or not, is always a problem, but if your dvd recorder accepts dvd-ram discs editing is a bit easier for the layman...

I brought a Flip at Christmas for around £80. It stores an hours worth of film and plugs straight into a USB for downloading onto PC or MAC. The software runs fine with Vista.

So simple to use, we hardly get the chance to use it as the kids now always videoing their 'shows' so they can be watched again and again and again and........

Also used to to do this years thank-you letters. You can download the images straight on to You Tube - just send an email with the address to the person who sent the gift, much more personal and entertaining

Goodman;4339399

nobody can beat the tapes when it comes to archive or store it for longer … nobody can beat the tapes when it comes to archive or store it for longer time.


Actually it has been proven that magnetic tapes (yes, even digital ones) do degrade significantly over 5 yrs and more over 10 yrs.

Anyway, I've voted hot for this as it is a good buy. :thumbsup:


However, the OP bought it because his original camcorder is not VISTA compatible????? What? So get a free Linux distro and use it with that. Vista is the joke of the operating system world even Microsoft know that.

markhodges1975;4332876

point to note though is you need a 4pin firewire cable, just got one from … point to note though is you need a 4pin firewire cable, just got one from comet for 14.97. currys wanted 30 quid!!!



Bargain mate. :whistling:

amazon.co.uk/Fir…e_1

Voted Hot!

Bought the 47 just over a year ago to take on honeymoon and was much more than this!

DV may be old school but still in theory delivers best quality. Obviously other factors are involved (lenses and sensors etc..._ and you have to convert to DVD format at the end anyway (unless you are going to burn to blueray).

Only annoying thing is it has to record the footage the PC in realtime where as with a HDD or SD recorder it would be quicker!

Teh Lemur;4340584

Bargain mate. … Bargain mate. :whistling:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Firewire-Cable-IEEE-1394-1-8M/dp/B000747OIK/ref=dp_cp_ob_ce_title_1



Yes never ever ever buy cables from comet or currys or *insert rip off retailer here*

They make a big mark up on these all the time - if you are in urgent need and cannot wait for a delivery at least try maplin or Tesco etc... they will still be a bit pricey but should be cheaper than comet!

A camcorder cannot not be vista compatable, it records onto tapes and not … A camcorder cannot not be vista compatable, it records onto tapes and not onto Vista, what you mean is the supplied software was not compatable. I'm presuming it was a DV camcorder in which case there's loads of software that would have worked fine.



Correct.

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dcx_badass;4341508

You don't need a firewire cable actually, sony cameras can do live … You don't need a firewire cable actually, sony cameras can do live streaming over usb, the cable is included and this works basically the same way.



I can't remember why but I ended up buying a firewire cable for one reason or another, he's right that the old Sony's aren't compatible with Vista over USB but seem to work via firewire.

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dcx_badass;4341508

You don't need a firewire cable actually, sony cameras can do live … You don't need a firewire cable actually, sony cameras can do live streaming over usb, the cable is included and this works basically the same way.


no i tried that and it wouldnt work, the live usb feed thing is for direct recording by the look of it

long and short was it didnt work without the new cable, as for the vista not working with my old camcorder, the driver was no longer available for the old model and would not work

I have a sony mini-DV with both firewire and USB connections.

Firewire is necassary if you want to shift your footage in DV AVI (full quality) to your PC for editing.

Funnily enough the USB is only apparently there to transfer JPEG stills and 'short movie' files (which are shot in Motion JPEG!).

its been on from last two months atleast.

Thanks for the Hot Deal, I got a Sony HC37E for 70 quid from Asda (EX-DEMO)

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