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When buying or using a camcorder, there are several choices when it comes to saving your video, with different memory formats available including memory cards and tapes.

Memory card – Most modern camcorders use removable media, meaning that they record video to a removable memory card, such as an SD card. The advantage of this is that you can easily remove it and use it with another device, or use another card should you fill one up.

Hard Disk memory – Some camcorders use a hard disk drive, like that found in a PC. These aren’t removable, but are usually quite large, meaning that lots of video can be recorded to them.  As a hard drive features moving parts, they can be susceptible to freezing or juddering if dropped of knocked.

Flash memory – Similar to a hard drive, flash memory is built into the camcorder.  Unlike a hard drive, it features no moving parts, so is less prone to freezes from knocks or sudden movements.  Recording time on flash memory camcorders is usually smaller than that of hard disk models.

Mini-DV and video 8 tapes – This type of storage is a cheap and reliable option but you must renew tapes regularly especially the smaller Mini-DV type.  The camcorder needs a special head cleaning tape run on it periodically, check the instructions on how often it should be used.

DVD discs - These discs can be played on most DVD players when they are finalized correctly.  They are quickly being replaced by the more popular formats.

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Who are we?
Established in 1948, we are repairers of photographic equipment - Cameras  (modern and old) - digital, 35mm, 120 (6x4.5cm, 6x6cm, 6x9cm), 126 and plate - Lenses (auto focus or manual focus) - Camcorders (digital and analogue models) - Meters - Slide projectors - Binoculars and Telescopes.

Where are we?
Our shop, workshop and reception are situated in Liverpool city centre just off Dale Street (see the 'contact us' page for our address and a Google map with more detailed information).  The nearest underground station is Moorfields (about 4 to 5 minutes walk), Lime Street is the nearest main-line station (about 10 to 12 minutes walk), car parking can be found around the city, most streets have ‘pay and display’ including Cheapside.

Sending a repair to us?
You can book an on-line courier such as InterParcel or use the Post Office to send in your repair.
Customers from outside the UK please contact us for shipping details before you send us any repairs.
If you are going to send a repair to us then why not download our repair booking-in form it helps to speed things up and can be viewed and printed out in Word or WordPad.  It also has some useful posting and packing information.

What else do we do?
We sell modern and classic second-hand cameras, lenses and accessories. New binoculars, telescopes, spotting-scopes, microscopes, tripods, and optical equipment from makers such as SkyWatcher, RSPB, Viking, Meopta, Helios etc. We have an optical website for telescopes, binoculars, spotting-scopes, accessories - sales and service -

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