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Old May 2nd, 2010, 06:10 AM   #1
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Focus FS-5 vs Focus FS-h200 vs Sony Mrc1 for my XHA1

Hello guys,

I have desided to go tapeless with my camcorder and I dont know wich one of this items I should buy for my canon xha1.

Wich one is better for the A1 and event videography

Focus FS-5 vs Focus FS-h200 vs Sony Mrc1


thanks in advance
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Old May 7th, 2010, 12:12 PM   #2
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I haven't used the FS units, but I have been very happy using the MRC unit with my XH-A1. I have a number of Sony FP550 batteries on hand (they came with my now-retired Sony VX2000 cameras). These batteries give me more recording time than the capacity of the 32gB SanDisk Extreme III CF cards that I use. (Almost three hours per card.) The MRC mounts to the accessory shoe which is somewhat awkward for handheld shooting. I almost always shoot from a tripod, so this has not been a problem for me.

When shooting with a tape in the XH-A1, I run the MRC1k separately (no CamLink), which allows me to change tapes and keeps the recording going if I can't get over at the right moment to change the tape. For running tapeless, I go into the XH-A1 menu, select "System Setup" and turn on "DVControlON." I set the MRC CAMLink on and use the "Synchro" choice in the "Settings" menu.

Occasionally, on starting an MRC attached to the XH-A1, the MRC reports it is connected to a computer rather than a camera. When this happens, I shut the XH-A1 off then switch it back on and turn the dial to the "M" setting.

All of this is detailed in the Canon thread in the MRC subforum.
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Old March 30th, 2016, 03:32 PM   #3
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Re: Focus FS-5 vs Focus FS-h200 vs Sony Mrc1 for my XHA1

Anthony, what type of device did you end up going with?
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