Posted on 22 / 09 / 2003
This is the first time I have actually bought a camcorder,and I decided to go for this one because of the 'USB streaming' function. This facility is great for still images, but when I captured the moving video via the USB port,it was very choppy and jerky, like a webcam. I was naturally a bit disappointed by this, but this problem was soon sorted when I purchased a 'firewire' card for £30. This is easily fitted to a computer, and using this to download the video sorts the problem out. The
video is now perfect on the P.C, so I can now burn the video's to VCD. However, if you have no intention of putting your video to a computer, and just want to transfer it to a videotape, you will have no problems at all. Overall, I am very happy with the Sony DCR-TRV245 camcorder. It is
simple to use, and the quality of video footage is very good. It is also a lot cheaper than some of the other cameras I have looked at, and believe me, I shopped around! Don't be fooled by the 'USB' streaming though - if you want to put your video on your P.C, you may as well buy a firewire card at the same time as you buy the camera.
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Den Machan, Liverpool
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