& Mini DV (digital)
camcorders offer higher resolution and video signal-to-noise
specs than any analog models. Digital advantages include
greater ease and precision when searching for, titling, and
editing recorded segments. Multi-generation digital dubs
look identical to original--clarity and color are far
superior to analog recordings. If you plan to work with
video on your PC, look for a camcorder with a serial
connector or the much faster i.LINK connector. Sony's
Digital 8 models combine digital picture quality with
Hi8/8mm backwards playback compatibility. Mini DV is
designed for professionals or serious hobbyists - most
models use superior optics. Mini Dv's tiny tape permits
pocket sized camcorders.
Digital Audio Outputs:
jacks, on your DVD player's rear panel feed the Dolby
digital or DTS bitstream to a compatible receiver or
decoder. They can also feed stereo digital audio (PCM) to a
digital recorder such as MiniDisc, CD-R/W, or DAT. There are
2 types: optical and coaxial.
Built-In Dolby Digital Decoder:
player with a built-in Dolby digital decoder has the usual
stereo ausio and digital outputs, plus
"5.1-channel" audio outputs which can be connected
to any Dolby digital "ready" receiver.(You can
also connect a player with a built in decoder to a Dolby
to read the DTS 5.1 channel digital audio signal on a DTS
DVD and pass it along to a receiver or decoder with DTS
decoding. (The number and availability of DVDs with DTS
soundtracks is still very limited).
A 3-jack video connections that allows the pure
component video signal recorder on the DVD to be carried
directly to a TV with a compatible component video input.
Offers enhanced color accuracy.
single knob or dial that makes high-speed search or
slow-motion scene study easier.
Multibrand Remote Control: the main advantage is miltibrand
TV operation, though Sony models also control volume on
major receiver brands.