|Sony DCR PC110e DV Camera in review by R.I.Axford|
Get an inverter that can put out around 200 Watts or more and you can run your laptop computer as well, thus giving you a place to offload the day's work.
Battery life is very good.
I've shot some footage from inside my moving vehicle by clamping the camera to a window with a clamp I made up. The camera jiggled away as I drove around, but on playback gave perfectly still video with no sign of wobble. That impressed me somewhat especially considering it does its work without any loss in effective CCD area.
I've also purchased a generic IEEE1394 card
and have used this and Adobe Premiere 6 to control the PC110e via the DV
cable. It works very well and using the LaserLink device to
broadcast to my TV, I only have to have a single cable plugged into the
camera when editing video.
There is a lot more that I could write about the Sony PC110e, but I do have to stop somewhere. I have written this up to try and inform some of you about the ins and outs of buying such a device and whilst it may look as if I think the camera is a piece of junk, it most certainly is not.
If you are seriously considering buying this camera, make sure you check out the more conventionally styled but similarly spec'd DCR TRV20 (pictured to the right) as that camera should overcome some of the ergonomic problems that plague the 110 and is cheaper into the bargain. It is in fact identical in spec to the older PC100 and is missing the flash and the USB connection of the 110. Still, it's just not as cool as the 110 which I'm beginning to look upon as comparing well to the classic Rolleiflex 3.5F/2.8F for sheer "gadgety-ness".
Update: New model TRV30 announced for April 2001 release. Has all the features of the PC110 in a TRV-style body. Slightly improved is the CCD/still imaging ability with a maximum 1360x1020 pixels.
©2001 Robert Ian Axford
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