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Chapter 2. Your Camera > Camera Care

Camera Care

Today's digital camcorders are pretty robust, and their prices continue to drop, but they are still relatively fragile and expensive household items. Even if you never drop the thing or bang it around, camera care goes beyond merely avoiding traumatic physical abuse. You will, of course, have to keep your camera clean and away from dirt and dust. But I don't want to state the obvious. I want to discuss some camera-care issues you've probably never considered.

Playing videotapes

The gears and motors that shuttle the tape are tiny and necessarily precise (see Figure 2.7). The act of shooting video is, in itself, not a particular strain on the little motors, but constantly fast-forwarding, stopping, or rewinding the tape can be.


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