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Tiernan O'Rourke
When does an XDCAM camera need laser replaced?
on Jan 11, 2015 at 10:30:16 pm

Hello,

Ive heard that 4000hrs is when the laser "block" needs to be replaced in an xdcam camcorder but i'm currently looking at a camera that has low laser hours but high hours for everything else. My question is, is this camera near to a service or will it keep going until the laser gets to 4000 or so? (Camera = Sony PDW F330)

Hours:
Operation: 2433
Spindle: 1431
Laser: 87
Loading: 5446
Seek: 1421


Thanks in advance,
Tiernan


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Ian Cook
Re: When does an XDCAM camera need laser replaced?
on Jan 12, 2015 at 4:40:11 pm

6,000 hours on the laser is the recommended replacement interval for the 330


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Tiernan O'Rourke
Re: When does an XDCAM camera need laser replaced?
on Jan 12, 2015 at 6:28:45 pm

Perfect, thanks.
So even though all of the other hours are high will this keep running until the laser hits 6000 or so?

Thanks again,
Tiernan


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Ian Cook
Re: When does an XDCAM camera need laser replaced?
on Jan 12, 2015 at 6:32:03 pm

The laser is part of an optical assembly that includes mechanical parts so we need to also look at the SEEK and SPINDLE times. You have 80 or so hours of reading/writing on the laser but 1400+ on the optics as a whole.


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Tiernan O'Rourke
Re: When does an XDCAM camera need laser replaced?
on Jan 12, 2015 at 6:36:50 pm

So bottom line, how soon will this camera need a service of some sort?
Thanks again!


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Ian Cook
Re: When does an XDCAM camera need laser replaced?
on Jan 12, 2015 at 6:42:58 pm

more or less, though it's impossible to say for sure without knowing the history of the camera. 6000 is the scheduled replacement interval and if they are well cared-for the cameras can usually be expected to go for at least that long without needing to have the optical block replaced.


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Tiernan O'Rourke
Re: When does an XDCAM camera need laser replaced?
on Jan 12, 2015 at 6:46:20 pm

Lovely stuff. Thanks for all the info!


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