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Old October 14th, 2014, 10:35 AM   #16
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Re: PMW-300 owners - opinions needed

I've only done some opportunistic shots at the end of a jetty in South Australia. Amazing clarity from this camera.

Here's some of the footage. I think the focus was on auto. Mainly me goofing around to see what shots I could get. Below video is in HD for your viewing pleasure.

Thinking of taking the camera on a whale watching expedition one day.

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Old October 14th, 2014, 10:41 AM   #17
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Agree the camera takes very nice crisp, clear pictures.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 11:55 AM   #18
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I bought two of these batteries a few months ago. They work fine and are less expensive than the Sony equal. I have however found that the camera's battery meter is not accurate when using them and that my camera seems to churn through a battery very quickly compared to other full camcorders I have used. I wish someone including Sony would bring out a V-Lock adapter. I have a V-lock plate on my rig for my Zylight and other accessories, just wish I could power the camera.
I bought my batteries from Dolgin Engineering a reputable supplier.
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That must be the SWIT batteries from China that don't require the pigtail.

V-lock going to the DC IN is required to be regulated to 12V to work with the PMW-300. If it's taken direct from the battery leads, it will complain about overvoltage.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 12:36 PM   #19
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Re: PMW-300 owners - opinions needed

I have my DM plate voltage set at 11.5 volts but the camera still shuts it down at 12 volts.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 02:23 AM   #20
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Yeah, it has to be constantly regulated at 12V. This means you have to trust your plate's or your V-mount battery's meter. Your plate has to be able to regulate the voltage to 12V constant.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 07:18 AM   #21
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Shame Sony won't let us go down to 11.5 like most eng cameras I have used over the years.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 08:18 PM   #22
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They used to for the models previous to the 300, supporting custom cut-off voltages. Sony just expects the DC IN to be from a wall outlet and a constant 12V now. Raw leads won't work anymore.

What's worse is that it's a software lock. The camera is electrically still able to take 10.5-17V, but the software locks out voltages higher than 12V from the DC IN. If it's from a genuine (or coded SWIT) BP-U battery, it still allows voltages higher than the DC IN.
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