Hi im looking to buy a certain 2nd hand camera, but it says the meter readings are 'OPERATION 39 X 10H DRUM RUN 17 X 10H TAPE RUN 13 X 10H THREADING 42 X 10'
What does this actually mean, is this good for a used camera?
It's easy math...just multiply the numbers: 39X10=390 hours.
I would call that a pretty low-hour camera.
Some cameras, like a betacam, could need major work (like drums or heads) as soon as 1500 hours. Other cameras, like a Panasonic DVCPro, have been known to make it to 4-5000 hours before needing the same work. Of course, those numbers assume regular maintenance and check ups.