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Videos / Movies (Nikon Coolpix S630)

by GeoBear2 / November 1, 2009 2:14 AM PST

I just bought my first digital camera, a Nikon Coolpix S630. I bought it primarily so I could film videos of dance teachers demonstrating various moves, so that I can study them later.

I found the instructions confusing, so I was amazed when I actually got it to work intuitively (or by accident). I actually filmed some videos and downloaded them to my computer.

The big surprise is that I couldn't get it to work in Video Mode; I wound up using Movie Mode. Can someone tell me what the difference is and which I should use for filming people dancing, often in dimly lit buildings?

If Video is an option, should I choose NTSC or PAL? (What's the difference between them?)

In Movie Mode, I understand the progress bar at the bottom of the screen, but what does the flashing red "RED" in the upper left corner mean?

What settings would you recommend I use for filming a dance teacher in a dimly lit room? Do you have any other tips to offer?

As I said, it's working; I can record videos/movies and download them to my computer. But I'd like a little help getting up to speed, as I have a class tomorrow, and I'm not even sure if I should be filming in Video Mode or Movie Mode.

Thank you.

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Video - Movie
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 1, 2009 6:17 AM PST

Video - Movie - Same thing
Nikon likes to use the term Movie Mode.
Other camera makers may use the term Video Mode.

If you are in the USA, choose NTSC
If you are in Australia, Japan, choose PAL
Different type of Television set and signal.
It mainly has to do with how many lines of information are sent to the TV.

The flashing red light is probably telling you that there is not enough light available to get a proper exposure.

There are no settings for dim light situations

Movie mode is not very sophisticated on a digital camera.
If you want dim light ability, you should look at buying a camcorder.
Price range - over $500.


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by GeoBear2 / November 1, 2009 7:30 AM PST
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OK, that helps bring everything into focus. Thanks for the tips.

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