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Which digital camera is best for home movies

by ardent123 / March 18, 2007 1:51 AM PDT

I know it's odd to use a digital camera for home movies, but my parents assist on it. Anyone know which camera is best for movie taking? My budget is about $500.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 18, 2007 7:46 AM PDT
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by rogergoldbaum / March 19, 2007 2:48 AM PDT
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Does anyone else (besides Canon) make a good digital camera for movies?

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Good Digital Camera for Movies
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 19, 2007 6:58 AM PDT
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The original question was:
"Anyone know which digital camera is best for movie taking?"

From what I have seen the Canon S3 IS does the best job, of the digital cameras. Stereo Microphone, full zoom capable while making the video and image stabilization.

Here is a link to a sample video:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_reviews/s3is_samples.html
Look for the baseball runner....it is an avi file from the S3 IS.

However.....

A camcorder will do much better.

The digital camera is not a replacement for a camcorder.

The digital camera is a poor performer in low light.

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"Does anyone else (besides Canon) make a good digital camera for movies?"

The answer is yes..
The Sony videos are generally good and pack more video onto a memory card (be sure to use a high-speed memory card).

All digital cameras produce videos.
Some are good and some are sad.

If you have a camera in mind....you can go to:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/hardware_reviews.html

Find the review for your camera.
Then go to the Samples page and look at a sample video.
See if you are pleased with the results.

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While camcorders do a better job at making videos,
the digital camera creates a movie file that is easily transfered to a computer. These video clips can be easily used for showing on the computer, making DVDs with video or making clips for You Tube.

Getting a video from a camcorder to a computer is more of a hassle.
Requiring special interfaces and special software between the camera and the computer.

So there is a place for both type of videos.

But if you want the best video and sound quality.....use a digital camcorder.

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by rogergoldbaum / March 19, 2007 9:36 AM PDT
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No I do not have an idea I was just wondering if any other brand (ie Panasonic, Nikon, Olympus also had at least a good quality video clip. I would love the Powershot TX1 but they tell me it does not come out till April 15th and I'm going to Africa on April 2nd.

Thanks in advance for the responses!

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 19, 2007 1:39 PM PDT

Panasonic recently introduced 10 new cameras.
They appear to be using the engine from their top of the line FZ50.
They are so new, that only the FZ8 has been reviewed;
but they all have video at wide-screen 848x480 in addition to the normal 640x480 and 320x 240...........all at 30 frames per second.
You should get good video results with any of the 10 cameras:

Model numbers: FZ8, TZ2, TZ3, FX30, FX10, FX12, LZ66, LZ7, LS60 & LS75.

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I hesitate to recommend the small Nikon cameras because for the past two years they have been using a slow engine with shutter lag times around one second. They do have acceptable video performance.

They have introduced about 5 new models but none have been reviewed.
So I don't know if they fixed the slow shutter lag problem.


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Olympus has been a mixed bag with about 50% of their cameras turning in a maximum video frame rate of only 15 frames per second.
Part of the problem is the slow xD memory card they use.

They too just introduced a batch of new cameras that still show a mixed bag of frame rates. There have been no reviews of their new cameras.

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