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FAQ's: PAL Camcorders:

Q: Which Camcorder Should I buy - PAL or NTSC?
A: It depends, where you are going to use you camcorder. If you are planning to move or work overseas, buying a PAL camcorder would be the best solution. PAL camcorders are compatible with most TVs and VCRs overseas that also operate on PAL system. If you are planning to work within U.S., getting NTSC camcorder is better choice for you, due to the broadcast standard used in United States - NTSC. When purchasing a camcorder, you have to remember that since U.S. and Europe work on different broadcasting systems, you can not exchange tapes with your friends or family overseas and expect them to be able to view it, unless they have a multi system TV or VCR, or unless you dub the tape for them and convert into the system of their country.

Q: What advantages 8mm has over VHS-C format?
A: Even though VHS-C offers easy playback right back on your VCR (without having to use camcorder), 8mm tapes offer longer recording time than VHS-C. However in order to playback your 8mm tape, you either have to connect your camcorder directly into TV or dub the tape into VHS format.

Q: Would my American camcorder (NTSC) work around the world?
A: Recording is available anywhere. All camcorders AC power adapters/battery chargers are designed to operate under any voltage 110/220 volts - worldwide. You might still need a special converter plug for your outlet, to plug a battery charger in. The matter of playing your tape back on TVs overseas is more complicated. The playback of your camera onto a TV depends on compatibility of the systems they use (please refer to other sections of FAQ (NTSC, PAL) for more info)

Q: I have brought my PAL camcorder and home videos from Europe, how can I view it on standard American TV (NTSC)?
A: To view your PAL system tapes on U.S. TV (NTSC) you need to buy either a multisystem VCR, a multi system TV, or a signal converter. This setup would allow you to view broadcast signal from anywhere around the world.

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