"First" digital camera

From: Philip Pemberton <philpem_at_dsl.pipex.com>
Date: Sun May 30 13:08:59 2004

In message <m1BUTpF-000JCGC_at_p850ug1>
          ard_at_p850ug1.demon.co.uk (Tony Duell) wrote:

> Normally you can get JVC service manuals...
I didn't feel like spending ?30 to ?90 on a manual when all I wanted was the
finder pinouts. The camera lens was smashed to bits.

> All my video cameras have the
> old-fashioned CRT-based viewfinders, and it's generally easy to see where
> to feed video into those.
Same with the family camcorder. It's a fairly big black Sony Handycam that
takes a Video8 tape, has the standard array of controls (including
focus-lock and zoom). TTBOMK a fair bit of the tape mechanism is metal,
aside from a few plastic bits "here and there". Nice camera, except the
batteries are truly shot and a bit difficult to get. I think Sony still make
the batteries, but they're more expensive than the InfoLithium batteries for
the newer camcorders. Ah well, such is life.

> Any markings on it at all?
The chip is missing. Looks like it's a case of "fit this chip and the video
connector and drill a hole in the case" - the firmware has all the Video Out
options enabled.
I guess the chip is probably a video buffer. SunPlus don't seem to want to
tell anyone just what signals the "integrated video output" on the camera
controller IC produces.

Phil.                              | Acorn Risc PC600 Mk3, SA202, 64MB, 6GB,
philpem_at_dsl.pipex.com              | ViewFinder, 10BaseT Ethernet, 2-slice,
http://www.philpem.dsl.pipex.com/  | 48xCD, ARCINv6c IDE, SCSI
... A phaser on stun is like a day without orange juice.
Received on Sun May 30 2004 - 13:08:59 BST

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