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Vlog: Used Video Cameras

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RISMEDIA, April 26, 2011—In the market for a new USED video camera? We’ve got some key pointers to consider before making a purchase.

1. Determine the age of the camera. Call the manufacturer. Ask if replacement parts are even still available.

2. Look at the wear and tear of the exterior. Check for dings, missing screws, and scratches to determine if the previous owner handled with care.

3. A good camera must have a good lens. Breathe gently on lens to fog it. Watch how easily it clears to determine if the clear filter is still installed.

4. Check for dust, dirt, and discoloration within the tape compartment. The insides should shine like a proud 67 Mustang’s engine—bright and beautiful, like new.

5. Record tape. Indoors, outdoors. Zoom out, zoom in, and back again. Check picture and sound while hooked up to a TV with headphones.

6. Does the camera show dead pixels—those tiny, non-moving white or colored rectangles floating around on the lens—when recording? A few in the corner? Manageable. In the center? Annoying.

7. Inquire about the camera’s repair history, much like you would check Kelly Blue Book about a new used car.

8. Does the camera come with extras like lens filters, a tripod or spare batteries? The less a camera includes, the more costly it becomes. Also, keep in mind that at some point any rechargeable batteries will have to be replaced.

Have more questions or concerns regarding a new-to-you used video camera? Reach VScreen by calling 866.720.0204.

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