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  1. Hey all. I need to buy a camcorder purely for a surgical office to record the procedures from overhead. I do not need it for stills, as I have a camera for that. Obviously, light is not an issue since the overhead light is very strong. This won't be used for vacations, kids, etc.

    I was told that since stills are not needed, the megapixels are irrelevant. Just go for 10-16x zoom and a $20 macro lens. They said it shouldn't cost more than $400. True?

    Thanks.
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    Interesting. I work in a hospital and we use a video camera - DVD recorder combination to capture video. Less hassle than a camcorder and it spits out a DVD when you're done. It's easy to grab stills from the DVD on a PC, but like you say, since it's video (720x480) it's only about 1/3 of a megapixel. You might want to consider that setup instead.
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  3. Thanks. The main setup is close to that but this is in a seperate surgical suite where us residents don't have the pull to make that happen. We know that there is a connection for a camcorder hookup in the suite and we were told that this is something others have done.
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    I'd recommend making sure the camera has manual settings.
    If you use autofocus, the picture will go in and out of focus as the surgens work.
    If you use autoexposure, the picture will get dark whenever a bright object such as a towel, rag, etc, go in and out of the picture.
    If the camera can record in LP mode (a few miniDV cameras can't), you can purchase 80 minute tapes and record two hours on them.
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    Looks like it's got manual focus and exposure. But it also has photo capabilities and other stuff you didn't want. It doesn't say if it can record at LP speed, if not you'll be limited to 80 minutes.

    I assume you're going to mount it above the table and once you focus and set the iris you wont need to touch it? I don't know how much you know about photography, but if the table is lit brightly enough (and I assume it is very bright), your depth of field will be good. Your main concerns will be that the image is in focus and lit properly, so learn what depth of field is.

    You didn't mention audio, so I have no tips for you there.

    Hopefully you'll be hooking it up to a monitor so you can be sure it's recording a good picture.

    Also, you might consider not buying it off the Internet so you can easily return it if it doesn't do what you want.
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  6. In the description, it says "Recording Speed (SP/LP)" .

    That is what you meant, right?

    I didn't mention audio because it probably won't be needed.

    Thanks again. I'm taking note of the stuff you mention.
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  7. There's probably going to be good lighting. Low light is not going to be a problem. All manual settings would be very handy. You also need optical image stabilization. You dont want shaky video with tired arms. I suggest Panasonic 3 CCD camcorder, model DV953. It's now under $1000.
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    Originally Posted by ip
    In the description, it says "Recording Speed (SP/LP)" .

    That is what you meant, right?
    Yeah, I didn't see that.

    If the camers is going to be mounted then image stablization isn't an issue (though I think all consumer camcorders have it).
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