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Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder

B&H # DADN60 Mfr # DN-60
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Product Highlights
  • Portable, Lightweight, & Shockproof
  • Time-lapse Recording
  • 8 Seconds Pre-record Buffer
  • Tripod/Hot-Shoe Mountable
  • Connects Directly to DV/HDV Camcorders
  • 99 Bins for Storing Clips per Card
  • Records Without a Tape in Camera
  • Uses 4 AA Batteries
  • 16 GB CF Card Included

The Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder provides hours of high-definition recording without the hassle of tapes. Being shock-proof, the recorder can be used in open-air environments like construction sites, forests, etc. The built-in time-lapse feature offers high-quality microscope recording and animations, making it ideal for medical research, natural history, or architectural video recording. The CF card recorder is also suitable for news broadcasts, as the turn-around time from shoot to edit to air is shorter.

With an 8-second pre-record buffer, the recorder is useful in science research, outdoor recording or security applications for recording unexpected events. Flexible mounting options include a tripod or hot-shoe; the recorder can also be mounted onto camcorders using a Datavideo camera mounting kit.

Each CF card has a unique volume name so that multiple cards can be used for one shooting session without confusion. With 99 bins for storing clips, and up to 97 clips per bin, identifying and accessing footage on a card becomes easier. By disabling the Sync to Tape (STO) feature, you can directly record onto the card without a tape inside the camera.

The recorder is powered by an external 6.0 VDC power source or by 4 AA batteries that provide more than 2 hours of continuous recording time.

Utilizes the solid state technology of removable and high-capacity CF memory cards, providing hours of continuous high definition recordings
Allows to take advantage of tape-less acquisition in even the toughest environments
Used in ecological recording, security systems, news interview, animal and plants growth recording
Removable CF card
  • Can be used in any PC with CF card reader, stand-alone as portable media device, or with any of the PC interface adaptors offered
  • Records popular *.avi, *.mov, *.mxf and *.m2t file formats for use with most NLEs (non-linear editing suites) presently on the market
  • Selectable NTFS or FAT32 file system compatibility
  • Every bin appears as a folder, every clip as a file
  • Secured covering for protection against harsh environment such as rain or sand
  • Unique volume names, so multiple CF cards can be mounted at the same time, very useful for multi-camera shoots
  • Supports Extra-II and Extreme III CF cards
Enhanced VTR type features
  • External time code record
  • Time-lapse (animation) recording
  • 99 Bins, independent of each other
  • Automatic clip marking, up to 97 per bin
  • RS232 control via the Sony 422 protocol
  • Selected bin is remembered when power is interrupted
8 seconds pre-record buffer, useful in recording unexpected events, especially in science research, outdoor recording or security applications
Record and playback using rugged internal Transactional File System technology and data presented in CF card through emulation of standard file systems compatible with Windows and Mac
Portable - lightweight, shockproof, & compact
Flexing mounting options include tripod and hot shoe
Can be easily mounted onto camcorders using Datavideo camera mounting kit
Time lapse recording down to single frame recording for stop motion, science, model animation or much other application
DV25 time code from the camera or generates internal time coder
Can be controlled directly by the camera through the IEEE-1394 AVC command protocol
Powered using 4 traditional AA batteries
Normal rechargeable batteries can also be used providing more than 2 hours continuous recording time on a single charging
Can also use included external power adapter
Since it has a small form factor, there is negligible loss of power
Built-in time lap feature makes it ideal for medical research & model animation
Connects directly to your existing DV or HDV camcorder via a single FireWire cable
Supports signal format
  • NTSC DV-25, DVC-25, DVC Pro-50, DVC Pro-100 (2nd Release)
  • PAL DV-25, DVC-25, DVC Pro-50, DVC Pro-100 (2nd Release)
  • HDV, HD1, HD2
Supported Signals
  • NTSC DV-25, DVC-25, DVC Pro-50
  • PAL DV-25, DVC-25, DVC Pro-50
  • HDV, HD1, HD2
  • Video Interface
  • Input: IEEE 1394 Firewire
  • Output: IEEE 1394 Firewire
  • Audio Interface
  • Input: IEEE 1394 Firewire
  • Output: IEEE 1394 Firewire
  • Recording Format DV25, HDV
    Recording Time
  • DV25: 46.3
  • HDV: 49.4 at 1080i, 64.3 at 720p
  • File Format
  • DV25: .avi (Type II, Microsoft, Canopus), .mov, .mxf (OP1A)

  • HDV: .m2t
  • Database File Compatibility FAT32, NTFS
    Control RS-232 control via the Sony 422 protocol
    Power Requirements 12V typical, 8V min , 24V max
    Power Consumption
  • Idle: 4.3W
  • Play/Record: 6W
  • HDD mode: 5.3W
  • Operating Temperature 40 - 104°F (4 - 40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 4 x 1.9 x 7" (102 x 48 x 178mm)
    Weight 1.1 lb (500g)
    Vibration
  • Operating Vibration: 1.0G (5-500 Hz)
  • Non-Operating Vibration: 5.0G (10-500 Hz)

  • Operating Shock: 250G (2ms)
  • Non-Operating Shock: 5,000G (0.5ms)
  • Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder
  • 6-4 Pin Firewire Cable (1.6'/0.5 m)
  • 6-6 Pin Firewire Cable (1.6'/0.5 m)
  • Switching Power Supply
  • Instruction Manual
  • 16GB CF Card
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Material and Workmanship per Product Registration within 30 Days of Purchase
  • 1-Year Standard Warranty without Product Registration
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    DatavideoDN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder
     
    3.7

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (2)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Compact (5)
    • Easy to set up (4)
    • Great picture quality (4)
    • Great sound (3)

    Cons

    • Poor design (3)

    Best Uses

    • HD shooting (6)
    • Home movies (4)
    • Weddings (4)
    • Movies (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro videographer (5), Semi-pro (5), Power user (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (20)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Audio Not Useable

    We use the DN-60 to film the first day of a two day boat race marathon. It takes too many operations to use this unit in a fast pace arena. The video recorded...Read complete review

    We use the DN-60 to film the first day of a two day boat race marathon. It takes too many operations to use this unit in a fast pace arena. The video recorded is as good as your camera output.

    When used with a Sony VX-1000 we could not get usable audio. The VX-1000 records audio to tape fine.
    When used with a JVC GY-DV 500 the audio is fine.
    When used with a Sony HDR-Z7U the audio is fine.
    The DN60 does not like CF cards smaller than 8 gigs. Used both SanDisk Extreme III and Kingston Ultimate 266X 8 gigs CF cards.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    After one week: So far, so good

    It's only been a week of light use, but so far the DN-60 is doing the job with my Canon XH-A1. HDV 60i, 30F, 24F, DV...every format the XH-A1...Read complete review

    It's only been a week of light use, but so far the DN-60 is doing the job with my Canon XH-A1. HDV 60i, 30F, 24F, DV...every format the XH-A1 captures, the DN-60 records. I'll be putting it to a real test soon.

    I always like to end on a positive note, so let's get into the negatives.

    First of all, make sure you purchase an approved CF card for the DN-60. I purchased a Transcend 32GB CF for this (B&H showed it on the same page as the DN-60), but it has problems. The end of just about every clip has a green frame. Searching user forums revealed that this is a problem with non-approved CF cards. Supposedly, this doesn't happen with cards which are on the approved list. Until I get an approved CF card, I'll just cut out the last few frames of every clip to get around this issue. Everybody always pads their shots anyway, right?

    The menus and interface are a bit clunky, but it is half the price of the nearest competitor, so corners had to be cut somewhere. The instruction book is also a bit lacking and confusing, but it's easy to operate the unit.

    One major ding (and it took away one star from the rating) is the lack of the pre-record buffer when shooting HDV. Maybe this can be fixed with a future firmware update. In SD DV mode, you can opt to use an eight second pre-record. That's nice, but I don't shoot SD anymore.

    On the good side, it uses AA batteries for power, so there is no need to worry about a dead proprietary battery. AA's can be picked up anywhere. The unit also has a 12VDC input and included AC adapter, so if you're not going to move, you can easily use AC power and not worry at all about batteries.

    Also, about those firmware updates, Datavideo seems to push out updates pretty regularly. That at leat makes me feel like they're investing something in this unit, and not just leaving owners out in the cold.

    Overall, it gets a "good" rating from me. It does what I expect it to do, but it is a bit rough around the edges.

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    4.0

    Great Item - Once you get the hang of it

    By Chilimac

    from Tempe, AZ

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Pros

    • Convenient
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • Awkward Interface

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting
    • Home Movies
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

    I am using this with a first-generation Canon XHA1. First, the pros:

    - Reliably writes raw .m2t files that are easily edited and read by PCs, as well as Premiere and VLC on OSX. Put the CF card into a reader (you need an external reader), copy the files and import to edit. About an hour of HDV can be written to a 16GB CF card. Easy. No more tapes. It's like having a new camera.

    - Relatively small and light. Mounts with a basic ball/cold shoe mount. Uses Alkaline, NiMH or Li-On batteries - non proprietary. Good battery life. Can use simultaneously with tapes for redundancy purposes.

    Now, the cons:

    - While it always works via the manual record on the DN-60 itself & sees the DV signal, the record trigger via camera is touchy. Sometimes I could trigger record via the XHA1's record button, and other times it could not. Looking at my XHA1 manual, I found out that the camcorder was looking for a record/pause mode. Solution: Manually power on the DN-60 and ensure it is on the "Record" option. Then, press the scroll dial once to put it in "record/pause" mode. Power on the XHA1. It may take up to 10 seconds to "handshake". You can still record immediately using the DB-60's button, though, so it's mostly a convenience issue.

    - The "make media files" option takes a minute or two to work before you can transfer files. Again, a convenience issue. Just don't forget to do it - it's easy to do.

    - The scroll wheel/LCD interface is pretty 1990's. It works, but is a pain when you get into reviewing clips, changing bins, and other functions.

    - SanDisk. Only SanDisk. It wouldn't even format my Transcend 32GB 600x card.

    For a device that just "gets it done," this is a great option; there aren't any hidden costs such as cradles to buy before you can camera mount, or expensive proprietary batteries. It even comes with firewire cables and a 16GB/1 hour CF card to get you running. Put in batteries, turn it on, get the settings right on the device and your camera, and go. I am using my XHA1 again on a daily basis, and am far more productive. It sees 60i and 24f with no problems, and has been very reliable.

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    4.0

    Good performance, good price, good buy

    By TCAA

    from Jacksonville, FL

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

          This was purchased as a replacement for a disc-based recorder that died. The fact that it doesn't need to be babied during use is a big feature. Several people use it, and some of them are less careful in handling. The shock resistance is a big feature.

          Setup is easy, but reading the instructions is important. It has some operational differences from previous equipment, so don't assume you can just fire it up and use it interchangeably with other similar equipment. For instance, files must be finalized in the unit before they are visible to another device in the CF card.

          It is used with a Panasonic DVX100B. They play well together. The only small problem is that the recorder sometimes does not power on when the connected camera powers on, but this is a non-issue.

          The one feature I would appreciate is the ability to transfer files VIA the 1394 interface, but this isn't a deal breaker. Being able to swap in and out several CF cards may actually be an advantage when we revise our work flow.

          We have not yet used the unit on battery power, so cannot judge battery life in the real world. If reviews and specs are correct this should be OK.

          Overall the unit is price competitive, works well, is small, light and shock-resistant. We will be purchasing a second one when budget allows.

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          2.0

          Inconsistent Performance

          By Gerald

          from Woodbury, MN

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Very Good Video

          Cons

          • Inconsistent Performance

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

          When I first got it, the DN-60 performed well. Then out of the blue the audio was just noise on two difference Sandisk memory cards. After several formats it now works. Recently problem is that it records and then stops. The record light is on but it's not writing to the media which has 32 GB free on it. (It's a 64GB SanDisk Card). Today I just left it recording but it stopped after 1.5 hours. I just can't trust it.

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          4.0

          Don't judge the design

          By Haywood

          from Wilmington Delaware

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting

            Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

            It works ok with my sony hdr fx-7 I love it

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            4.0

            Good HDD option for the price

            By Double Vision Videography

            from Augusta, GA

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Complicated To Operate

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting

              Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

              Bought this HDD for my JVC GY-HD100. The DN-60 was recognized by the camera and recorded in Sync To Tape with no problem. Operating it for the first time was complicated, as the instructions are contradictory in some aspects. But once I figured out how to operate the DN-60, it did what its designed to do. It performs very well on NiMH batteries, as it was operating for more than four hours on my latest shoot and it only exhausted half of the batteries charge.

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              1.0

              Not a good product

              By JimBucc

              from Beacon Falls, ct

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound

              Cons

              • Failed

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting

              Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

              I received a DN-60 and it had problems syncing with my XH-A1. After a while it wouldn't sync to anything. Got a replacement - this one worked for about an hour, then never came back on. Returned for a refund.
              When it did work it worked very well. Will have to search for something else at some later time.

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              4.0

              Works Like a Champ

              By KCCF-TV

              from Morro Bay, CA

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Pros

              • New Life To Old Dvcams
              • Reasonably priced
              • Works As Advertised

              Cons

              • Complicated To Operate

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

              The DN-60 has turned out to be one of the best investments I've made to update my JVC GY-HD110U. It's a little daunting to set up initially. But once the camera and DN-60 "see" each other the two work in perfect sync. When you plug in the FireWire connectors the DN-60 immediately goes into record/pause. Triggering the recorder is done through the camera or lens. The unit will notify you in the viewfinder when it is recording. To be sure, finalizing the video files and converting them to a format my editing software (FCP 7) can use are inconvenient steps (MPEG Streamclip is your friend here) but considering the low cost and that many DV/HDV camcorders have no means to record on memory cards, buying the DN-60 was a no brainer. It still beats logging and capturing video. BTW, I have used this unit in the field under hot and dusty conditions and it hasn't failed yet. However, be sure to keep the batteries fresh because the unit will start to act up if the voltage is too low.

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              3.0

              Doesn't work as expected

              By Bill

              from Durham, CT

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

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                    Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                    I bought this for my Canon XL2 camcorder as a tapeless solution. While it did record video when triggered by the device, it would not record when triggered by the camera. I spoke with a rep. from DataVideo about the problem and was told they would test it out and get back to me, but that never happened. It is a nice tapeless solution in theory, but I wasn't impressed with it when I tried it out.

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                    4.0

                    Gave my Sony FX7 a new life.

                    By Kurthowl

                    from Deltona, FL

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • HD Shooting
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                      The recorder works fine once you know how to use it. Had to call support to figure out why I couldn't get it to record to the CF card and tape. After talking to Abe in support a few times he was able to tell me what I was doing wrong.

                      Overall the unit does what it says and gives you great quality video.

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                      5.0

                      Works great!

                      By Wildjb

                      from Montgomery, AL

                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                      • Confusing To Operate
                      • Format Compatibility

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                        I am using this with a Canon XH-A1 and it works great!
                        Once you figure out how to navigate the menus and figure out what your settings need to be for what you're trying to do, it really works great and is pretty simple to use.
                        I will note, the HDV format this records in will not import directly into Final Cut Pro X. However, a quick trip to the App Store found ClipWrap that works great for pulling them into Final Cut.
                        Works great without using a tape or recording simultaneously to tape and flash card.

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                        5.0

                        excellent

                        By Anthony

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Tapeless

                        Cons

                        • Position of the firewire

                        Best Uses

                        • To say bye bye to tapes

                        Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                        The unit comes with 2 firewire cables , angled on the connector for the unit . Great but still the position of the port is not optimal (on the side would've been better). I use it on a Sony HDR-FX1 , in HDV , on 2 Sandisk 16GB CF cards, formatted NTSF : no problem whatsoever (none). It just works. No buffer in HD (that's not good, buffer only in sd). Other than that I really can't find anything wrong .

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                        5.0

                        miniDV tape camcorders to CF SSD techno

                        By Roger

                        from Detroit, MI

                        About Me Power User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Reliable
                        • Sleek Design

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Movies

                          Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                          Record compact flash (CF) solid state device (SSD)technology on your miniDV tape prosumer camcorders. Record directly to CF cards or back-up miniDV tape to CF card and transfer digital video files directly to your NLE computer (PC or MAC).

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                          4.0

                          Bought a second one

                          By Nate

                          from NC

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable
                          • Sleek Design

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                              I purchased two lightly used XH A1's and wanted to go tapeless (or at least use tape as a backup). After looking around at options, I decided to purchase a DN-60 because of price difference and the fact that I don't need bells and whistles (just a solid/reliable recording). It's kind of odd, but the XH A1 that appears newer has some quirks operating with DN-60, but with the other XH A1 the DN-60 works exactly as advertised. If I didn't have a 2nd XH A1 I would have probably suspected the DN-60 as being the problem but not so. The quirk is that the DN-60 has a 3 position power switch that allows the camera to power it on and operate start/stop recordings and shut it off when in the middle position. This works perfectly with the more used XH A1, but with the other XH A1 I have to have the DN-60 in the "always on" position to have it operate (record start/stop) consistently. The two canon cameras are at the same firmware level. I have ordered a 2nd DN-60 because now I at least know how to get the other XH A1 to start/stop recordings on the DN-60 consistently. Even though the DN-60 works as advertised, there's always room for improvement. Not a big deal, but the firewire plug (4 pin end) doesn't fit as snug in the camera's port. I discovered how much more snug it could be when I purchased a backup firewire cable at a local computer store. Very easy to learn and operate the DN-60, just don't expect many bells and whistles.

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                              4.0

                              I'm buying another unit!

                              By Studio von Hearl

                              from Myrtle Beach, SC

                              About Me Power User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy To Use
                              • IEE 1394 connection
                              • Lightweight
                              • Triggerable Recording

                              Cons

                              • No Hotshoe Mount

                              Best Uses

                              • All things HD recording
                              • Movies
                              • Office

                              Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                              After much searching for a digital recorder to work with the JVC pro hd-200U that wouldn't break the bank I chose the DN-60. There were a lot of conflicting comments online about compatible units with my camera but the DN-60 said it would work with HD in the M2T format which I can use in Adobe's Affer Effects & Premiere easily. Also this unit now allows me to capture 1080i straight from the camera which the miniDV can't capture. It's a very industrial unit without a lot of elegant controls and menu options. But all I was looking for was a recorder and the extras in my opinion were just fluff that didn't hinder the recording capabilities. This unit works great with the JVC trigger function. Just hit record and the unit kicks in. I've been using it for a couple of weeks and I love the time I'm saving on the offloads. I highly recommend this unit! Would have given 5 stars but the unit doesn't come with a camera mount. It does have a 1/4" screw for mounting.

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                              4.0

                              Gets the job done

                              By videobyjoel

                              from Sarasota, Fl

                              About Me Power User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy To Use
                              • High Capacity
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Limited to firewire only
                              • Needs a backlight control

                              Best Uses

                              • Event video

                              Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                              I've used this little wonder now on six shoots and I am impressed. There has been mention by another reviewer about a bit of quirkiness in the codec and I think it may be slightly rough around the edges, but used properly this unit delivers spectacular results and eases my editing workflow dramatically. The option to use NTFS instead of FAT32 is a Godsend. Setup and operation are easy and intuitive. I still use tape simultaneously as a backup and probably always will, but so far I'm a happy camper. I would like to see an option to keep the display backlight on, but that's a minor issue. I highly recommend the Manfrotto nano Clamp with a small ball and socket head for easy and secure mounting to a camcorder handle (I use this combo on a Canon XH-A1S). I'm using NiMH rechargeables for power with no issues. Overall, an absolute bargain. If a newer version appears with other connection options and a built-in monitor I may consider buying a second unit.

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                              1.0

                              Worked 10% of the time, had to return

                              By Clapboard Video

                              from Cincinnati, OH

                              About Me Power User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Sleek Design

                              Cons

                              • Unreliable

                              Best Uses

                              • Movies

                              Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                              We wanted to use this product with the FX-100 from Sony. This product would only work 1 out of 10 times. I tried working with the support Guru's from Datavideo and we talked daily trying different things. I still could not get it to function on my camera. I then tried it on a friend's Z5U, same results. I returned it. The 1 time it did work, produced great results. LOL

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                              4.0

                              Great Product!

                              By Aaron

                              from W. Alexander

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                              • Limited to SD - Timelapse

                              Best Uses

                              • Limitless

                              Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                              Great Device. Easy to set up and use. Will be using it for time lapse video mostly. We have done a few already and they are really nice. would have given 5 stars if not for two small items. 1. It will not record time lapse in HD. When in time lapse mode it knows if your trying to feed it HD and wont accept it. 2. all connections are firewire, and it seems most of the consumer cameras are going USB2 these days limiting inexpensive source options. All else is good. Came with cables, power supply, and 16GB card in box. Just format and go!

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                              3.0

                              After one week: So far, so good

                              By Ken

                              from Indiana

                              About Me Pro videographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Highly convenient
                              • Inexpensive

                              Cons

                              • Poor Design

                              Best Uses

                              • Event videography

                              Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                              It's only been a week of light use, but so far the DN-60 is doing the job with my Canon XH-A1. HDV 60i, 30F, 24F, DV...every format the XH-A1 captures, the DN-60 records. I'll be putting it to a real test soon.

                              I always like to end on a positive note, so let's get into the negatives.

                              First of all, make sure you purchase an approved CF card for the DN-60. I purchased a Transcend 32GB CF for this (B&H showed it on the same page as the DN-60), but it has problems. The end of just about every clip has a green frame. Searching user forums revealed that this is a problem with non-approved CF cards. Supposedly, this doesn't happen with cards which are on the approved list. Until I get an approved CF card, I'll just cut out the last few frames of every clip to get around this issue. Everybody always pads their shots anyway, right?

                              The menus and interface are a bit clunky, but it is half the price of the nearest competitor, so corners had to be cut somewhere. The instruction book is also a bit lacking and confusing, but it's easy to operate the unit.

                              One major ding (and it took away one star from the rating) is the lack of the pre-record buffer when shooting HDV. Maybe this can be fixed with a future firmware update. In SD DV mode, you can opt to use an eight second pre-record. That's nice, but I don't shoot SD anymore.

                              On the good side, it uses AA batteries for power, so there is no need to worry about a dead proprietary battery. AA's can be picked up anywhere. The unit also has a 12VDC input and included AC adapter, so if you're not going to move, you can easily use AC power and not worry at all about batteries.

                              Also, about those firmware updates, Datavideo seems to push out updates pretty regularly. That at leat makes me feel like they're investing something in this unit, and not just leaving owners out in the cold.

                              Overall, it gets a "good" rating from me. It does what I expect it to do, but it is a bit rough around the edges.

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                              5.0

                              We'll be buying more of these...

                              By Evolution Studios

                              from Australia

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                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Complex Projects
                                • Home Movies
                                • Independent Films
                                • In The Studio
                                • Shooting events

                                Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                                When faced with a bill of $4000 to replace the heads in two of our JVC ProHD Cameras, I thought that this was ridiculous...especially since the cameras were only 2 years old and had done only a third of their recommended life span.
                                So, I thought there must be a cheaper way of continuing to use the cameras, but use the firewire port to capture the images instead of replacing the heads...which would no doubt die again just outside of their warranty period.
                                This product seemed to be the perfect answer!
                                We've bought other Datavideo products in the past such as LCD monitors, and have found the build quality and reliabilty to be very good, so we took the chance on these.
                                Again, the build quality is very good.
                                The menu system is a little bit awkward for me with big fingers, but is workable. Once you have it set-up for use, there's no real need to goof around with the settings anymore. Just plug and play!
                                I did strike one problem...but it was more my not reading the instruction manual fully.
                                After shooting, I could not read the video files on my computer. Turns out when you are ready to import the files into your computer, you have the tell the unit to Make Media Files, and this makes the files readable by a computer.
                                Seems a silly thing, considering other external media recorders can just be plugged into a computer and the files instantly seen.

                                Nevertheless, the product has performed brilliantly so far, and even though it runs on batteries (AC power adapter included) we've found that a fresh set of batteries will last for more than two and a half hours.
                                The firewire cable attaches to the back of the unit, which is fine, but this is also where the mounting screw is so you can attach the unit to a camera, and this creates a problem if you are using a hotshoe adapter that does not lift the unit very high off of the camera.
                                I was bummed that it did not come with a mount in which to attach it to the camera. Including a simple hotshoe adapter would have been great, and would have saved me the hassle trying to find one that lifted the unit high enough off the camera to allow for the firewire cable to be attached easily. I do beleive you can buy one as an optional accessory....but hey...it's just a bit of plastic...bump up the price a couple of dollars and include one...then it's a complete kit ready to go!!
                                But the best part for me...a free upgrade to a 2 year warranty by registering the units.
                                At last...someone who is confident about their product's quality!!
                                So, if the heads in your camera start to go, don't bother getting them fixed...grab yourself one of these...and even if your heads aren't poorly manufactured pieces of garbage, get yourself one of these as an extra back-up system.
                                Small and light, and over 2 hours of HDV shooting time on a 32 gig CF Card...it's just brilliant!!

                                We'll be buying 2 more in the near future as I am sure our other two JVC ProHD camera's heads will also die very soon, as they are just outside of the warranty period.

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                                3.0

                                DN-60

                                By Bradley Bicycle

                                from East Lansing, MI

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                                Pros

                                • Compact Design

                                Cons

                                • Lacks Functionality
                                • Limited Compatibility
                                • Poor Design
                                • Poor Performance

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Datavideo DN-60 Digital CF Card Recorder:

                                  Although this is an inexpensive alternative to most other flash recorders, the DN-60 leaves me feeling a little nervous every time I use it. Firmware issues, firmware issues, firmware issues. This thing is finicky. One minute it works great, the next it won't record to the same card you've been using for 10 minutes! The .mov file wrap works terrible, changes audio quality and Final Cut doesn't like the files. HDV files in .m2t are seen as having "broken timecodes" in mpeg streamclip (and other programs). The DN-60 has given me alot of stress.

                                  On the upside, it is cheap, the card has always had the media on it (usually with their own unique problems), and I have the feeling that they will keep upgrading the firmware. If you have the money buy something else. If you need a recorder for this price range, expect some heartache.

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