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Joel Rakowski

SVHS or BetaCam SP <--Best Cameras

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Hey everyone,


I'm trying to figure out the best analog tape recorder(s) for both formats and maybe a great svhs-c camcorder for a crash rig for some shot on video (non digi-tape) movies this summer?


I'm a little late in the game to remember the vhs beta war but always heard that beta was technically better quality but VHS won because of the longer time per tape and marketing. So I've come across this section on wiki for

  • 400×480 (300 TVL): Super Betamax, Betacam (professional)
  • 440×480 (330 TVL): analog broadcast, BetacamSP
  • 560×480 (420 TVL): LaserDisc, S-VHS, Hi8


So does this mean that S-VHS camcorders have technically more resolution than the BetaCam SP?


So I've narrowed down my list to a few from each category under that $500 range...

Looking for full manual control, best low-light / largest sensor, and was 3ccd the best for this generation of cameras?


If anyone has had experience with any cameras or have a better alternative please chime in




JVC 3-CCD KY-27B Camcorder

Panasonic AG-460 S-VHS



BetaCam SP (no Digibeta)

Sony Betacam DXC-537

Sony BVW-D600 2/3"
Sony BVP-550






Any help is greatly appreciated

Edited by Joel Rakowski

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Best camera looks like the Sony BVW-D600 2/3", it's basically got a digibeta front end. How sharp it looks like will also depend on the lens.

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