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why not use point and shoot camera for home movies ?

by flag-football-mom / September 7, 2008 8:00 AM PDT

I am wanting to upgrade from a Canon Powershot A620 to the Canon S5 primarily for the additional zoom capability. But, I also need a new camcorder and can't afford to buy both at this time.

I am a "flag football mom" (aka soccer mom) and have yet to take the time to figure out how to transfer my miniDV videos to DVD. However, I was able to easily make a short little DVD from a video I took using my A620. What would be the disadvantage of using a new camera with a large SD card to take home movies and then burn to DVD?

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Hey, I do that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 7, 2008 8:04 AM PDT

I carry my camera everywhere so I don't have the full baggage of miniDV tapes and more. Let me share a little secret about making the DVD.

DVD FLICK and other titles can make that next step all too easy.

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compression and sound

The videos of cameras are usually compressed more than a dedicated video camera, which creates lower quality. The sound quality of cameras are pretty poor. The S5IS is of a better quality, but not to the level of a dedicated video camera, but if your budget doesn't allow a good video camera then I'd go with the S5IS.

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by Dan Filice / September 7, 2008 11:37 AM PDT

On a digital still camera, I've never seen one that will allow you to change zoom while filming. Generally you need to zoom where you want it to be, then do the filming. Not great if you plan on changing focus and zooming when the action gets closer or further away. What about this: Since many camcorders can do digital still captures, why not reverse your application and use a camcorder for both video movies and still images?

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yes they can
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / September 7, 2008 1:58 PM PDT
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The only drawbacks
by JayMonster / September 8, 2008 4:02 AM PDT

Honestly, when comparing it to lowest end digital camcorders, there is little to no difference in quality (even sound) when compared with the S5 IS. It doesn't take much though to the next level up for the camcorders to start being a better choice, especially if you are trying to film a flag football game. As Lori noted in her review (, with faster action you start to notice more artifacts in the video.

The worst drawback (typically) is that the ergonomics are not the same, and with most people, even with Image Stabilization, the amount of jerkiness in the video is often greater when using a camera for these videos that a camcorder.

That being said, if you are forced to choose at this point, I would (personally) go with the still camera that shoots video rather than the other way around.

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