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Rob’s right about camera’s shouldn’t be used as decks. Shuttling back and forth during the review and capture process puts 5 to 10 times more wear and tear on the tape heads. When the heads go down, the camera makes for a fine paperweight, doorstop or projectile.
On the otherhand, I sort of aggree with Steve in that not ‘no’ but ‘hell no’ on spending $5k for a deck these days. Normally indie filmmakers will get a second much cheaper camera to use as a ‘deck cam’ to save their more expensive main unit. The GV-HD700 is a dedicated deck with a built-in monitor bigger than any LCD flip out screen and is smaller than a netbook. Oh and it costs around the same as what you’d pay for a ‘deck cam’.