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Pentax Optio S10 distorted sound on movie recordings

by Per Christian 2 / March 15, 2009 7:30 PM PDT

Hey there.

Just wondering if anyone else here has a Pentax Optio S10 and is getting very distorted and "crunched" sound on movie recordings?

Here's an example:

The sound wasn't SO loud, but the camera apparantly has no way of compressing or processing the sound, so it just gets distorted and very ugly.

Anyone else with the same problem? Is there a solution to this? Firmware-update maybe? Something I can do with the settings? (I've looked, can't find anything.)

Also I think the camera takes very blurred shots of objects in motion, but I'll save that for another thread...

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When you hit the limits of an audio solution
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 15, 2009 10:53 PM PDT
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Pentax Optio S10
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 16, 2009 12:38 AM PDT

You are much too close to the source of the music.

The sound is overdriving the microphone and recording circuits.

Most digital cameras have a very inexpensive microphone and no automatic gain control.

Camcorders tend to have better audio circuits and microphones.
Some camcorders will let you use an external microphone.

Regarding blurred shots of object in motion.

If you are trying to take photographs under the lighting conditions I saw in that video, you will get motion blur.
That is because the the light is so low that the camera must select a slow shutter speed.
A slow shutter speed and action, will result in blur.

There is no small camera that will perform well under the lighting conditions in that video.

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