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Old Aug 11, 2005, 12:12 PM   #11
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The reason Casio has no noise during video, while Kodak v550 has, is bcos:
A dumb can't make noise
i.e bcos v550 can optical zoom during movie, while Casio cannot.

For v550, you may also turn-off "continuous focusing" during video, to further reduce the focusing noise.

Yes, the "whine" you've talking about may also be the "Autofocusing" noise of the s500 & z750. You may try to find if there are options in Casio to turn it off.
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Old Aug 12, 2005, 12:13 AM   #12
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I can say the Casio EX-S500 is worth it. I've had it for about a week. I really like mine. I had a Z750 and lens error problems. I returned that and bought this.

Superb little camera. I put together some sample images and wrote up a little review.

http://www.redhouseon7th.com/reviews/s500/

I am just a snapshot shooter. This is the perfect camera for me. The size, the images, everything is just right.

Give it a read and see what you think.

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i've noticed the comments about the s500 and z750 not having optical zoom during video recording (and only having digital zoom). are there any compact cameras that are the size of these cameras that DO have optical zoom during video recording? i haven't come across any. thanks,

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i've noticed the comments about the s500 and z750 not having optical zoom during video recording (and only having digital zoom). are there any compact cameras that are the size of these cameras that DO have optical zoom during video recording? i haven't come across any. thanks,
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I think Kodak V550 has optical zoom during video.
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yes, the kodak V550 has optical zoom during video recording.
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Old Aug 13, 2005, 11:18 PM   #16
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And also Samsung i5 - card-sized, non-extruding lens, mpeg-4, optical zomable video

Advantages over v550:
- cheaper
- filesize 230KB/sec vs v550 490KB/sec (I don't quite see noticeable quality degradation from lowering bit-rate)

Drawbacks
- too compact and lens movements may be slowed down (manifesting itself in shutter response)
- Samsung's own lens vs v550 German Schneider lens
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