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Old March 2nd, 2003, 11:30 AM   #1
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Can anyone tell me the type firewire connection needed for this? Is ity a 4 or 6? I know that the canon xl1s has a 4 pin connector just not sure of the Sony, I may have a chance to try one out in the near future. Anyone else hav one these little babies?
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Old March 3rd, 2003, 09:22 AM   #2
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Amazingly, all the photos I found show the port with its little door closed.

However, the specs at Crutchfield say 4-pin.
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Old March 3rd, 2003, 09:30 AM   #3
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Thanks Will. I tried to get the information off the Sony site - thinking I could download the manual there, however the 1000 wasn't offered. I think I read somewhere that a 4 pin is used in devices having their own power source (6 pin using power much the same as a USB port). Anyway mystery solved. Thanks.
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Old March 3rd, 2003, 01:02 PM   #4
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I believe that ALL of Sony's products that have iLink (1394b, Firewire) use the 4 pin configuration. It is a major reason I have never bought a Sony computer (that, and I don't use windows much) because I believe if you include something like firewire in a computer it should have all the advantages of FIREWIRE such as bus power for accessories. I also feel like the 6 pin is a sturdier connection but I don't even know of a camera that uses it.
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Old March 3rd, 2003, 02:45 PM   #5
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Well, not quite, Rhett. The Sony Vaio Digital Studio models come with a 4-pin connector on the front but usually have a 6-pin connector on the rear. My wife's older Vaio has this configuration and Sony's newest models, like the PCV-RZ22, are the same.

The trend in consumer camcorders is "smaller is better." The disadvantage of the 6-pin connector is that it is quite large in comparison to the 4-pin. Because of this, I think it highly doubtful that we will ever see 6-pin connectors on camcorders.

Bus power isn't really an issue with camcorders because, obviously, they are all powered.

I sure agree with you about the sturdiness of the 4-pin. I never get the feeling that there is a firm connection. I've not had a problem, but it's always reassuring to know that a connector has connected. Even dinky mini-stero plugs give definite, tactile feedback, but then again they, too, are bigger than the 1394 4-pin.
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Old March 3rd, 2003, 04:00 PM   #6
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I've got two Fujitsu laptops one an S series the other a P. Both have a firewire port. Just checked the books on both to see which pin there were - was not mentioned. Looks to be a 6 pin connection. Just to play it safe all the way around I've ordered two 6' firewires one 4x4 the other 4x6. I'll be in AZ soon to try everthing out.
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Old March 3rd, 2003, 05:11 PM   #7
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Here's a link to a Canopus product with some photos: http://www.canopus.com/us/products/ADVC-100/pa_ADVC-100.asp#advc03.

On the front panel photo, the 4-pin jack can be seen on the far right. On the rear panel photo, the 6-pin jack can be seen on the far left.
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