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Old November 2nd, 2010, 11:24 AM   #1
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Are these AVCHD cams " dustproof " ?

After experiencing quite a few dropouts using a HDV tape based cam at Burning Man this year, I'm curious if these hard drive / card media cams are for all practical purposes " dust proof " operation wise? How do they hold up under adverse conditions?

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Old November 3rd, 2010, 12:44 AM   #2
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The card can certainly tolerate dust better than any tape, as long as the contacts remain clean.

But whether the lens can tolerate fine dust is a big question.

That said, my Sony EX1 has never ever had any kind of dropout. There was an incident in which I got a media error but now I make a habit of formatting the card in the camera, rather than simply erase the files with a computer.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 05:07 AM   #3
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Whereas there is no tape transport mechanism that could be affected by dust, there are still however various moving parts such as the zoom rocker etc which might malfunction - although, if you are going into extreme conditions, you might find that a camera rain cover might help protect it...
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 02:19 PM   #4
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going to desert I would get an ewa marine, even if you're not planning to dive :)
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Old November 10th, 2010, 07:21 PM   #5
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Hey Craig, burner here too! My camera held up wicked at burning man. Check out this video of temple of boom i just posted; YouTube - Temple of Boom
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 04:47 PM   #6
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Nice Mark. That place made my ribcage vibrate.

Think I'll have to pick up a AVCHD cam. I have a cheap plastic " dive bag " to try too, although I'll need to modifiy it to attach an external mic for sound. Might be more convenient to sacrifice a not to expensive AVCHD cam instead.
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