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Reviews - Camcorders and Accessories
Camcorders
Sony DCR-TRV950
It is a fairly lightweight compact three CCD camcorder that takes great videos. Reviewing captured videos with the large 3.5" LCD screen shows very fine details.
Sony DCR-PC101
Strengths: Small, lightweight, durable, great picture, touch screen, fast zoom, night shot, image stabilization, and more...
Accessories
Audio-Technica AT822 Stereo Mic
This is not exactly a camcorder mic, especially for a compact camcorder. It is on the heavy side, at 5.8 oz. (165g)...
BeachTek DXA-2
When using a monaural microphone, such as the Sennheiser MKE-300, or a wireless mic, like the Sony WCS-999, the sound...
Lightwave Audio's Minimount
Lightwave Audio's MMC-USC Minimount was the solution I was looking for, to eliminate the vibration noise transferring ...
Sennheiser MKE-300
The Sennheiser MKE-300 is a mono shotgun microphone that can mount on any camcorder that has an accessory shoe...
SoSony ECM-HS1 Gun Zoom Microphone
Not what I expected. Does not amplify distant sounds, and majority of the sound is still picked up by the built-in mic.
Sony ECM-S930C Stereo Mic
Sony's ECM-S930C is a tiny microphone that weighs only 1.4 oz. (40g). It does a better job of stereo separation than the...
HVL-IRH2 Nightshot Video Light
This is actually two lights in one. Switch to infrared with nightshot on, and you can capture a scene in total darkness for quite...
Sony WCS-999 Wireless Mic
A relatively low cost solution for adding a wireless mic to your system (professional systems runs in the thousands). The...
NP-QM91 Info-Lithium M Series Battery
This is a 7.2V 4140 mAh rechargable lithium ion battery. It is large, 1.5" x 2.4" x 2.2" (38mm x 60mm x 56mm), and heavy at 8 oz, or 227 grams.
MiniDV Tapes
You can never have enough. Fuji, Sony, JVC, Panasonic, TDK are all equal in quality and performance.
  Tripods/Support
Accessories
Bogen / Manfrotto 484RC2 Mini Ballhead with Rapid Connect 2 (Quick Release)
Bogen / Manfrotto's 484RC2 Mini Ballhead is not as mini is I expected. From the base to the surface of the mounting plate, it stands just short of 4" which will add that much more to the height of the monopod, transforming the compact monopod into one that is not so compact.
Bogen / Manfrotto 728B Digi Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
Since my only experience with ballheads is the mini 484RC2, I find that Bogen / Manfrotto's 486RC2 Compact Ballhead is not all that compact. From the base to the surface of the mounting plate, it's about the same height as the 484RC2 (just short of 4").
Monopods/Unipods
Bogen / Manfrotto 680B Compact 4-Section Monopod/Unipod (Black)
The Bogen/Manfrotto 680B is a solid monopod, and I like the quality of the construction. It is compact in size, due to its 4-section leg, allowing you to carry it anywhere and it easily fits in a carry on luggage. My primary reason for buying this monopod was for use with my Sony DCR-TRV950 digital camcorder.
Velbon UP-40 Compact 4-Section Monopod/Unipod
The Velbon UP-40 4-section monopod is a nice accessory for my digital compact camcorder and DSLR camera and it is my first monopod ever. It is small (18.3" folded) yet it extends to 61". The UP-40's lightweight makes it easy to take it with you anywhere.
Tripods
Bogen / Manfrotto 728B Digi Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
This is a 4-section tripod with a 3-way pan/tilt head with quick release. The leg sections are constructed from tubular aluminum (black anodized finish) and has three facets (in other words, a round tube with three flat sides).


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