Victor distributed new video cameras for fellows to try this weekend. Scott and I will leave for Lake Tahoe in an hour, so I’ll look for opportunities to test the camera there. Victor also gave us a weekend event video assignment, so I might be able to use it for that purpose.
The camera is a Sony DCR-TRV950. It uses three CCDs, which should lead to good color quality. It’s also loaded with bells and whistles that I’ll try sort out.
One is a Memory Stick option. The camera still uses miniDV tapes, but one of our instructors, Michelle Johnson, said the trend for video cameras is to go digital. I’ve noticed this myself. MiniDV tapes have been harder to find in the past year, and the cameras on display in electronics stores use Compact Flash cards and other digital means to store media.
I’ll experiment this weekend. The user manual will be a good starting point.