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Old June 10th, 2004, 11:36 AM   #1
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PD-170 use MiniDV tapes?

The PD-170 is a DVCAM, but does it use MiniDV tapes? I am renting one this weekend and I need to buy tapes in advance, I am not sure what I need. Can someone help me on this a.s.a.p? Thanks.
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Old June 10th, 2004, 11:54 AM   #2
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Yes, it does use MiniDV tapes.

Sony's "DVCAM" is a recording format, not a tape size specification. DVCAM is basically the same as standard DV, except with a slightly higher tape speed and some other "proprietary" claims. The PD-170 can lay DVCAM or standard DV to MiniDV tapes.
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Ken's right, but note that "slightly higher tape speed" actually means "exactly the same writing speed", so there's no quality difference.
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