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  • 3 Tips for buying Used Camcorders

    Used Panasonic AJ HPX3700G P2 Varicam CamcorderBuying used camcorders can be a risky transaction, as manufacturer's warranties and guarantees are usually spent. However, here at 3D Broadcasters we make sure that all the previously used products we display meet up to our minimum requirements. We always make reference to what sort of condition the used camcorders are in, and try and include up to date photos wherever possible. We will also let you know how many hours the camcorder has filmed.

    The camcorders often come with additional filming equipment such as viewfinders or memory cards, these will either be listed alongside the camcorder title or in the description of the product.

    Obviously, the biggest pull of buying a used camcorder is the drop in price that accompanies it. With our comparison feature, it is easy to see how much money you could be saving.

    That being said, there are several features that you keep in mind when you are planning on buying a used camcorder:

    1. How many hours has it been used for? What is the age of the model? If you are not sure what sort of age you should be looking for, contact the original manufacturer and they will be able to fill you in!
    2. Check the exterior cosmetic appearance. Scratches and dings may indicate a unit that’s been used hard or carelessly. Lettering that’s worn away may simply be due to handling, and is not necessarily a problem.
    3. Ask about the camera’s repair history. Keep in mind that a camera that’s been serviced is not necessarily a red flag, but if it’s been into the shop two or three times for the same problem, then maybe you should pass the camcorder on. Ask to see repair receipts and keep in mind that if the camcorder has never been serviced then it might be too good to be true.

    We currently have 3 used camcorders on our website:

    1. A second hand Panasonic AJ HPX3700G P2 Varicam Camcorder
    2. A second hand ARRI ALEXA High speed camera in very good condition
    3. A second hand Sony (PDW 700) XDCAM HD422 Camcorder with HDVF 20A Viewfinder
  • Sony PMW 150 vs Sony PMW 200 vs Canon XF305

    Capturing high quality video is now easier than ever with new technologies surfacing which aid the users of a camcorder in taking footage which is film worthy. The rise of low cost camcorder equipment has created a new wave of at home amateurs looking to create the next big viral video, which has helped the camcorder industry strive and ship more equipment which is priced out of the reach of mere consumers.

    Three of the very best camcorders money can buy for under £5500 currently are the Sony PMW 150, Sony PMW 200 and Canon XF305. All three of these camcorders are excellent for capturing high quality video, but which one is better for you? Let's take a look.

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  • How to Take Great Photographs in the Snow


    As winter grips the nation news programmes and social networking sites are being flooded with images of the snow-covered landscapes. The images can be beautiful and dramatic but are not always easy to capture.

    The bright white scenes can play havoc with exposure levels and some digital cameras are better at dealing with the conditions than others. The sensors aim to find a middle ground and often struggle with the brilliant white, meaning shots that are under-exposed and snow that becomes grey. You can adjust the settings of your camera to overcome these problems in a few steps.

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