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Z612 video

Hi,
I have a question - I have got 2 cameras for evaluation - Canon A540 and Kodak Z612. At the beginning I got A540 but I found that it has not enough zoom for my kids hockey and soccer games photos. But when I got Z612 I found out that the video quality 640x480 is the same as I take with A540 640x480 at 15 fps. Is there any option to get quality video (I mean like at A540) at Kodak or I should move to Canon S3 to get zoom and quality video in one pack?
Thanks in advance.

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Kodak Z612

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I checked a review of the Z612 and there was no negative comments about the video.

I suspect you are viewing the video on your computer using Quicktime.

I have run into situations if you are using the free version of Quicktime, the software drops about half the frames.

Just to check if Quicktime is the problem.....connect you camera to your television (with the cable supplied by Kodak) and view the video on your television. If it runs smooth there, your problem is the viewing software.

Kodak uses MPEG4 for video.

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Kodak Z612

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My initial question was 'couse I can see a good picture if I see it on the camera itself (LCD). I use the Kodak provided software to see the movies - I guess they use embedded Quicktime. Any suggestions how to convert it to a non-Quicktime format?
Thanx

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Quicktime to AVI

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i dont understand

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Why people buy cameras who want video?

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Because!

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There is no question that the camcorder with digital tape gives better results than a digital camera video mode.

Recording long video on digital tape is far cheaper that recording it to a memory card.

But try moving that video file to your computer from a camcorder.
For best results, you need a firewire connection and a good software package to handle it. Then you can end up with a short video clip in a format that the computer can use.

Move a video file from a digital camera:
Using a card reader, you can use Windows Explorer to move the video file to the computer. It is already in a format the computer can use.

Quick and easy for short video clips.

And people are finding more and more ways to use short video clips.
The quality of the image is not the requirement.
The subject matter is the requirement.


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Z612 video

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You stated that the video on the Canon A540 ant the Kodak Z612 are at 15 fps. The Kodak Z612 has the video at 30 fps and you can use the zoom as you shoot. You can also make snapshots from the video. You simply click on the picture as you review the video.

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video

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I said that Kodak video comes the same quality as Canon on 15 fps and it's 30 - at least that's what Kodak declare

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Gotcha...

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Sorry, I guess I misunderstood you. But I have seen the Canon video and the Z612 and there is a huge difference. There is a review on both at Steve's digicams review site, one of the best on the net. You can check it out here if you want.
www.steves-digicams.com

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Thanx

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Thanx, I already did - but Steves reviews show the video he did on bright light - you almost dont see the difference. I took it on hockey and concert - you can tell the difference right away - from Kodak it looks like you are getting it from the internet streaming when Canon shows you maybe low light but video with good colors. Anyway I'm giving both camaras back - trying Canon S3 IS. Hopefully it'll have the zoom of Kodak and features and quality of Canon Happy

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Good idea

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Let me know how you make out. I'm interested in knowing what the real difference is for those $200. more. Happy

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wow

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I got it(S3) and this toy is much better then both I got before - both the video and the pictures are much better + if u shoot movie and zoom in/out - the picture still in the focus (this is not the issue in Kodak Z612 and A540 gives you only digital zooming during the shot. BTW u zoom in/out using optical zoom during taking video shots. I compared the quality of pics - in the hockey games - I can see the face of my kid now . I took pictures on auto and sport modes - only one blurry photo from 15 and that one I think was my fault - I started to fall down during the shot Happy I just started but I love what I see by now.

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