NTSC or PAL

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    • #71387
      Jabelone
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      Hello,

      I have decided to buy a new panasonic G6.  I am based in Australia which uses the PAL standard.  The cost of electronics here is ridiculously high compared to the US.  Adorama has the G6 listed for $498.  Taking into account shipping and exchange rates, it comes to a total of AUD$629 shipped to my door.  If I was to buy local stock it would cost a minimum of AUD$828.  That's a difference of AUD$199…

       

      My question is, because the frame rates are different between NTSC and PAL what are the benefits if I buy the Australian version vs the US?  Do I really need to have the PAL framerate?

    • #209310
      moons
      Member

      PAL records at 25fps whereas NTSC IS 29.97fps (often stated as 30fps).  Video edit s/w can easily convert between the 2 but you loose a little quality along the way with frames being dropped or duplicated.  The bigger question is do you intend recording Standard Definition or HD.  SD has different resolution (pixels per line x lines per frame) so converting NTSC to PAL takes more "fiddling" with your image and this will take longer for your edit s/w to render the output.  HD however is universal 1440 or 1920 x 1080 so that fiddle isn't a problem, just the frame rate issue remains.

      Another serious question to ask is, where to you intend replying your video?  If on computer/tablet then they will handle 25 or 30fps without issue so you won't have to convert. That includes publishing via YouTube etc.  If going to DVD or similar TV type technology, you'll need to convert to PAL and, as I said earlier, some quality loss.  If you're doing HD, you probably won't tell the difference.

       

      A side issue to consider is warranty and maintenance on your camera.  If imported, local companies will be far less likely to help out.  They won't have the parts etc.  You might have to pay shipping fees to/from the USA or Japan or similar NTSC country to get it fixed.  

    • #209313
      gldnears
      Member

      Something to consider IS the warranty. When I bought my DX-100B from a discount house in NY, I was unaware that it was in fact a Canadian import; and so, if I had a warranty issue, I'd have to ship it to Canada for repair. Luckily I've had no issues for several years. Now if I need service I can send it to a US service center.

    • #209324
      Jabelone
      Participant

      Ok thanks,

      I am deifinitely recording HD – that is the whole point of me getting a DSLR.  I have decided to go with a local supplier mainly becuase of those two reasons.  If it was a bit more than $200 like maybe $300 or $400 I would go with the US but debating over $200 is just stingy… 🙂

       

      I really appreaciate your answers, thanks! 🙂

    • #302128
      Roy
      Participant

      B & H ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ ) in New York sell PAL gear and they willingly ship to Australia, however be carefull re the Warranty as I purchased a PAL Panasonic Video Camcorder from B&H and when I had issues with it Panasonic Australia did not want to know me.

    • #302640
      Roy
      Participant

      B & H ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ ) in New York sell PAL gear and they willingly ship to Australia, however be carefull re the Warranty as I purchased a PAL Panasonic Video Camcorder from B&H and when I had issues with it Panasonic Australia did not want to know me.

    • #301885
      Roy
      Participant

      B & H ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ ) in New York sell PAL gear and they willingly ship to Australia, however be carefull re the Warranty as I purchased a PAL Panasonic Video Camcorder from B&H and when I had issues with it Panasonic Australia did not want to know me.

    • #301733
      Roy
      Participant

      B & H ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ ) in New York sell PAL gear and they willingly ship to Australia, however be carefull re the Warranty as I purchased a PAL Panasonic Video Camcorder from B&H and when I had issues with it Panasonic Australia did not want to know me.

    • #209343
      Roy
      Participant

      B & H ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ ) in New York sell PAL gear and they willingly ship to Australia, however be carefull re the Warranty as I purchased a PAL Panasonic Video Camcorder from B&H and when I had issues with it Panasonic Australia did not want to know me.

    • #301544
      Roy
      Participant

      B & H ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ ) in New York sell PAL gear and they willingly ship to Australia, however be carefull re the Warranty as I purchased a PAL Panasonic Video Camcorder from B&H and when I had issues with it Panasonic Australia did not want to know me.

    • #302824
      Roy
      Participant

      B & H ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ ) in New York sell PAL gear and they willingly ship to Australia, however be carefull re the Warranty as I purchased a PAL Panasonic Video Camcorder from B&H and when I had issues with it Panasonic Australia did not want to know me.

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