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Old December 28th, 2003, 07:21 AM   #1
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Can you use Sony DV Cassettes on Canon products?

I bought a pack of 10 Sony 60-minute DV cassettes for the use of my GL2. Can these be used? According to the tech guys where I bought the tapes, they said all DV camcorders can use any brand...
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Old December 28th, 2003, 07:29 AM   #2
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This is one of the most often asked questions in the DV Info Community. If you do a search, using key words, you find the multitude of responses and opinions. You can get to the search page via the link at the beginning of my signature or the button in the upper right corner of this window.
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Old December 28th, 2003, 12:07 PM   #3
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What??? You are saying there is some answer other than 'of course?'
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Old December 28th, 2003, 12:31 PM   #4
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Robert, many users seem to feel that Sony tapes do not perform well in Canon cameras. This has been covered, and like David, I suggest you do a search and post questions in the appropriate threads.
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Old December 28th, 2003, 12:37 PM   #5
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1- Yes, you can use any brand in your camcorder.

2- Some people don't recommend mixing different brands of mini-DV tapes since this practice can cause problems (dropouts). You can avoid this entirely if you stick with one brand. Sony tapes tend to be the most expensive when buying bulk over the Internet so you might want to stick with a cheaper brand. Search threads for recommendations (Fuji and the expensive Panasonic master tapes seem to be the only recommendation). But tape is cheap anyways.

Sony and Maxell reformulated their tapes so this isn't supposed to be a problem anymore. Search old threads to get more discussion on whether or not it's still a problem.

3- Canon doesn't even make mini-DV tape?
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Old December 28th, 2003, 12:38 PM   #6
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I've used Sony and Fuji tapes in my Canon Cameras for a year and a half and can now no difference in them.
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