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For the money, you could purchase about 3 or 4 consumer minidv cameras with lcd screens on them. They use batteries and are great for use in the field. You can use them just like a deck and capture via firewire. Make sure it will display your timecode, and you are set. The consumer single chip minidv cameras use the same tape mechanism components as a consumer quality deck. It’s true, and it will save you a lot of money!