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Old Aug 21, 2006, 9:30 AM   #1
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I have recently bought an S9500 to replace my S5500 which had an excellent movie mode. I saw that the S9500 had the same movie mode (640x480 30FPS) and I could zoom with it which I thought would be great. I've noticed though that the movie mode on the S9500 isn't as good as the S5500's even though they have the same specifiication. It seems to look more jagged instead of the nice smooth (not as in FPS, as in the appearence of the video) movie mode of the S5500. Could anyone tell me why this is?



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Old Aug 21, 2006, 3:11 PM   #2
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I have not taken movies with my 9000. But those who have say that the movie mode is very good. Is there any chance that your camera is set on the lower quality movie mode?
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Old Aug 21, 2006, 3:23 PM   #3
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Hello

Thanks for your reply. I have it set on the 640 mode, I'll give you two videos for an example.

S5500:

http://rich.mjspencer.com/Random/S5500.wmv

S9500:

http://rich.mjspencer.com/Random/S9500.wmv

I've tried to keep the location and lighting similiar. The converting from .avi to .wmv used the same amount of compression with each one.

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Old Aug 21, 2006, 4:27 PM   #4
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Since I don't use my 9000 to take movies, I don't keep up on the technology. But I recall that one of the new xD card formulas is not suited for taking movies. I think it is the new type "H" cards. What media were you using in the camera?
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Old Aug 21, 2006, 4:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for your reply again, I was using a 1GB 'M' card.
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Old Aug 22, 2006, 7:51 AM   #6
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The S9500 movie looks much better to my eye. The train is much clearer as it whizzes by.
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Old Aug 22, 2006, 4:10 PM   #7
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Hmmm. Here's another comparision, can anyone tell me why the video quality is so much poorer?

S9500:

http://rich.mjspencer.com/43058_Bedford.wmv

S5500:

http://rich.mjspencer.com/43167_Stevenage.wmv

As you can see there's no jagginess with the S5500 recording. I feel like Fuji have ripped me off a bit. I can't even find an e-mail address to ask them the question!
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Old Aug 22, 2006, 5:00 PM   #8
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Frankly, I don't see where the problem is. But then, I'm only watching the video on a 19 in. monitor. Both videos look good to me. If the 5500 looks better to you, then use it. Many people have more than one camera because they like the results they get from different cameras for different types of photography.

If you are so "in" to video, then why don't you just get a video camera? I have a difficult time understanding why someone spends as much as they have to to get a 9000/9500 to take advantage of the high-quality still images they can get, and then worry about the quality of the video. That never was consideration when I was in the market.
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Ah OK. Thank you for your input.
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OK, so you didn't like my answer. The problem is, I can't tell you how to fix a video then I cannot see anything wrong with. Maybe someone else can see something that I can't. But I simply don't see anything to be concerned with. Sorry, I will not bother you with any more of my silly answers.
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