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Old April 24th, 2003, 09:26 AM   #1
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TRV900 -- various questions

I am looking into buying either the TRV900 or maybe the TRV950. I was just curious about their widest field of view. When I look at the two cameras the actual lens/barrel on the 950 looks about twice the size of the older 900. Now I'm not sure about this...but usually a bigger lense will give you a WIDER angle or field of view. Does anyone knows from FACT which one has a wider angle lens?
before you answer...I know wide angles and fisheyes are available....but I'm looking to find out before an adapter is added.
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Old April 24th, 2003, 01:17 PM   #2
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at their widest settings the image on the 900 is approx 20% wider than 950

if you want wider get a pdx10 which has in 16:9 mode the same width of image as the 900
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Old April 25th, 2003, 01:22 PM   #3
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Just to straighten a few misconceptions. The size of a lens or its filter diameter has no bearing on the quality of the lens or on its focal length. The TRV900 has a wide-angle that equates to 41.3mm if you think in terms of lenses for your 35mm still camera. The TRV950 has a 49mm equivalent - which shows that you'll need to add a 0.8x wide-angle converter just to equal the 900.

The 950 takes 37mm wide-angle converters and these will probably be cheaper than the 52mm converters for the 900.

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Old April 26th, 2003, 01:38 AM   #4
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thanks all...I appreciate the help.
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Old July 20th, 2003, 09:58 AM   #5
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Help Comparing TRV900 with Panasonic 953

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I'm posting here in order to alert you Sony types to another (more complete) post over in the Panasonic DV/MX forum. Please check it out if you have a chance--I need some opinions on the relative qualities of the TRV900 and the PV-DV953, especially the image quality under normal (meaning "well-lit") lighting conditions. I have a purchase decision looming...

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Old July 23rd, 2003, 08:06 AM   #6
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The DV953 - do you know what the PAL designation of this camcorder was/is? If it was the MX300 I can help you...

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Old July 23rd, 2003, 01:59 PM   #7
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The PV-DV953 is the MX5000 with the PAL version being the MX500.
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Old July 23rd, 2003, 03:03 PM   #8
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TRV 900 "clicks" at the end of clip

I own a Sony TRV900. It's 2 years old. It records just fine, but when I play the footage after capturing into my NLE, at the end of each clip, there's a sound "click". I capture it with Scenalyzer Live and my other cameras like Sony PD150 or JVC DV500 don't have that problem. So far what I do is going throw each clip on Premiere timeline and cut out the "click" parts at the end of each clip. Any better solution? Sorry I couldn't find a TRV900 forum to post the question.
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Old July 24th, 2003, 12:47 AM   #9
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Just what is it that Panasonic hope to gain by having so many different names for the same camera? Is that right that there's three different numbers on the MX500 Frank?

Whatever, the TRV900 was introduced in September 1998 and the MX500 came along in late 2002 so there's got to be a lot of technology movement that shows up in the 500.

Although it has tiny 1/6" chips (900: 1/4") they are mega-pixel and so give much better stills to SD/Multimedia card. It also has a built in flashgun - so useful for any sort of still photography. The 16:9 capabilities are rated to be better than Sony's black bars method and if the lens is anything like the Leica Dicomar fitted to my MX300 then it's a corker!

I like the manual Sony ND filter better than the automatic variety on the MX, but if the cameras are handled by ordinary people, then the footage from the Panasonic will generally look better in bright light - simply because of the auto ND filter switching.

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Old July 24th, 2003, 01:33 AM   #10
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Yup.

The Americas: PV-DV953 (NTSC)
Japan / Korea: NV-MX5000 (NTSC)
NV-MX500A, NV-MX500E and EN or EG. I also think there might be one with a B at the end. Not sure, though. (PAL)
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Old July 24th, 2003, 02:38 AM   #11
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Yes, it's "B" here in the UK (PAL)
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Old July 24th, 2003, 03:07 AM   #12
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Thanks. I used to know that.
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Old October 15th, 2003, 11:02 PM   #13
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TRV900 battery

hey guys

my buddy picked up a used 900 and wants a new battery for it.
he wasn't sure if the 900 battery is the same as the 950 and i'm a canon user so I wasn't sure.

can anyone confirm for me if they are?

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Old October 15th, 2003, 11:24 PM   #14
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no, it is different, I think TRV900 use F series, and TRV950 uses M series.
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Old October 16th, 2003, 03:28 AM   #15
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Quite correct. The TRV900 uses the NP-F series and the 950 (which has a greater power consumption) uses the smaller NP-FM batteries.

The TRV900 uses 5.2 watts and the 950 uses 6.3 watts, so Sony dcided to fit it with smaller capacity batteries. What kind of design thinking is that?

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