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What accessories do I need?

by newtovideo / March 1, 2007 10:38 PM PST

New to camcorders, after a lot of review I think I'm going to get the PV-GS320 after wanting to go hard drive(Sony SR82), but think the miniDV choice gets me more for the money, e.g. 3CCD yields better video?, viewfinder not in the Sonys, sounds like editing a question mark - differing opinions regarding for dvd and hard drive, but no big contorversy with miniDV.
OK? Now what accessories do I NEED. I figure YES to a second battery, probably to a charger for the car. Yes, to a case, but is cheap OK - I'm leaning to cheap. Tripod nice but not yet(see if I actually use the camera much). Do I get a UV filter to protect the lens, or is that hogwash? Other filers that come in kits- polarizing and flourescent - needed? Wideangle or telphoto lenses - I'm thinking nice, but not necessary. Are all the tapes of good quality or should I avoid some? Other recommendations? Not afraid of high tech, but not into it. More a point and shoot type, easy is good.

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Best bang upgrade in my book is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2007 11:14 PM PST

An external mic. Time after time this accessory has paid off.


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What I use most... in descending order...
by boya84 / March 2, 2007 8:30 AM PST

External (stereo) mic and shockmount; extra battery; Pelican carrying case - tied for first

tripod; clear lens protector (no polarization, no filter... just clear) - tied for second

2x tele lens

.6 or .7 wide angle lens

On the extra battery charger - I don't have one - I charge using the camera. I have two high capacity extra batteries that get juiced up the day before the shoot (or on the drive to the shoot). Suggestion: Rather than getting a car charger, how about getting a power inverter for your car. That way, you *could* get a normal charger that will plug in at home - or into the inverter. Heck, you *could* plug the camera into the power inverter (use a long extension cord if the shoot allows). I stopped buying car-plugs for my cell phone - I just use the power inverter... and there are a few out there that do USB, too.

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firewire vs USB
by newtovideo / March 2, 2007 10:48 PM PST

Thanks for your input. Yesterday, at a local store I asked the salesperson for accessories recommendations and he said get a firewire cable as it yields a better picture transfer to the PC(clearly differentiating between quality and speed). With digital information, I would think that data is data - that although speed of transfer may vary, that the PC would get the same stuff from either. Comments?
Both the pv-gs320 and my PC have connections for both - just don't want to buy an extra cable if the quality of the transfer is the same.

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This forum is littered
by boya84 / March 3, 2007 1:44 AM PST
In reply to: firewire vs USB

with posts from people who could not transfer video from their FireWire equipped camcorder to their computer, but could after they used FireWire. Use FireWire for video transfer and USB for transferring stills off the memory card.

This is not an "accessory" but a requirement. I use Monster or Belkin FireWire cables. In my set up, 4-pin on the camera side and 6-pin on the computer side.

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external mic
by newtovideo / March 3, 2007 3:00 AM PST

The Pv-GS320 doesn't come with an external mic port according to the specs. It seems its predecessor the GS-300 did, but at a higher price also.

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Then I guess that
by boya84 / March 3, 2007 10:19 AM PST
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drops off the list...

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external mic
by last2fall / June 26, 2007 1:00 PM PDT
In reply to: external mic

About the whole mic issue, it doesnt have a mic input but panasonic offers a stereo microphone that plugs into the hotshoe but it only states that it is for the gs200 and gs400, does anyone know if this will work on the gs320?

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