Videomaker – Learn video production and editing, camera reviews › Forums › Cameras and Camcorders › Consumer Camcorders › VX2100: Recording directly to PC instead of tape › For MOST cameras that is t
For MOST cameras that is true, but also for MOST cameras if a tape is not inserted the unit will remain on. This is true for my units, and has been true for various Panasonic and Sony units I’ve used over the years, as well as a variety of older VHS consumer units I’ve owned and used.
While it can have something to do with power saving, the primary reason for tape-based units is to prevent tape damage. You will need to check your model, simply by turning it on and leaving it on without a tape inserted. NO harm, if it works (or not) and no foul. If it shuts off with or without, simply insert a tape and record a backup while also going directly to hard drive.