Originally Posted by Seaking406
I know that when you pause the recording and resume, a new MTS file is started, is there any hiccups between these files when editing?
In my reply to your earlier post above I said that there's no hiccups when you record beyond the capacity of one file and it "spills over" into a second file. But if you actually pause the recording and then resume it, then of course you're going to miss whatever sound and video occur while the camera is paused. If you need to have "all" the material but you need it in separate clips than you should just record continuously and then break it up during the editing process.
Can a Rodes Mic be mounted on this camera?
The camera can mount anything that fits into a standard hotshoe (the camera doesn't normally have a hotshoe but it comes with a hotshoe mount that attaches to the front right side of the camera body) and it has a standard 3.5mm microphone socket, so I see no reason why a Rodes mic wouldn't work.
I read somewhere along the lines that this camera will try to auto-white balance as it goes along, is there a way to lock that down? I tend to do all my colour corrections while editing which works great for me.. any issues like that with this camera?
The camera has a "manual" mode that lets you choose a specific white balance (sunlight, cloudy, various fluorescent types, tungsten, etc.) or do a manual white balance using a white card. The "manual" mode is a little peculiar to me since I was weaned on still cameras - when you select "manual" mode on the camera everything is in fact still automatic until you specifically override it. Selecting "manual" mode brings up menu selections which let you override the white balance, focus, shutter speed and aperture settings. If you don't actually adjust any of those settings then they remain on automatic by default. You can set a specific shutter speed and let the aperture auto-adjust, but you can't set a specific aperture and let the shutter speed auto-adjust. Gain (which is called ISO on still cameras) and aperture are coupled together on the same control - it adjusts aperture from minimum to maximum and beyond that gain is increased. So you can't, for example, choose a small aperture and a large gain.
my only other concern is handling.. whereas the DVC30 is a much larger camera but with a handle and suits my needs as I typically hold it at arms length by that handle and shoot viewing through the LCD, does this camera have a similar set up or is it a " two hands hold it steady" kind of set up?
When I'm not using a tripod, I sometimes use the camera by gripping the camera body with my right hand inserted through the strap (the "typical" consumer camcorder method), but I find it less steady that way. I usually handhold the camera with my right hand on the body and my left hand on outboard edge of the LCD, either near eye level or near waist level, as this gives me a much steadier grip.
The camera has this weird "Optical Image Stabilizer Lock" function which is an icon at the left edge of the LCD screen. You press the icon to "lock" the stabilizer, which steadies the image over and above what the normal stabilizer does. What's a little weird about it is that it only applies while you press the icon, if you move your finger away it disengages the lock. So you pretty much have to hold the camera with two hands if you want to use it. I find it to be pretty effective, even when zoomed in to the maximum optical zoom amount. I THINK what it does is disable the "drift correction" that normal stabilizers have (they will tend to try to re-center the stabilizer over time to allow for further movement), but I haven't completely sussed it out. If anyone reading this can illuminate me on exactly how it differs from the normal stabilization I'd be appreciative.
Rare camera or simply so popular no one can keep them on the shelves?
My own personal theory is that camcorders are going out of style because more and more still cameras are getting pretty decent video functions (and of course there's the smart phones...). I suspect that the manufacturers are cutting back production in anticipation of this. But that's just a guess, I have no inside info.