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Old Apr 19, 2006, 1:47 AM   #1
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Hello All,

I am currently looking to buy a digital camera, and the movie mode for me is of high priority. Can anyone please recommend a camera (ina ultra-compact size) with a high quality movie mode? Image stabilisation and zoom during movies (either digital or optical zoom) are important to me.

I am currently looking at5 cameras, those being:
  • Canon SD700 IS (also known as - IXUS 800 IS) [/*]
  • Kodak V603 [/*]
  • Kodak V550 [/*]
  • Olympus 810 - Stylus / MJU [/*]
  • Casio Z850[/*]
If anyone has had first hand experience with any of these, I would love to hear from you. Or if I have left out a camera that you believe deserves a look, please let me know.

Any info would be much appreciated.

Thanks for your time, Atma-Rising.

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Old Apr 23, 2006, 7:39 PM   #2
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If you can go a tiny bit bigger, the Canon A610 has an INCREDIBLE movie mode.
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 8:28 PM   #3
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The only thing is that, as far as I've looked into the matter,only cameras that have manual zoom will be able to zoom during movie mode. My former Panasonic FZ30 could do the job.
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 11:52 PM   #4
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The only thing is that, as far as I've looked into the matter,only cameras that have manual zoom will be able to zoom during movie mode. My former Panasonic FZ30 could do the job.

I'm not quite sure what you mean by "manual zoom", but if the Canon A610 fits your size restriction, it may be worth your consideration. I have a larger Canon (S2 IS) which has good movie mode, during which I can use IS, and zoom using a lever. If by manual you mean a ring on the lens, it would not qualify.

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Old Apr 25, 2006, 1:04 AM   #5
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By manual zoom I mean a ring on the lens. During filming, I really doubt you can zoom with your Canon S2IS. You can zoom before or after filming, notduring. Check again, Steve.
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You CAN zoom during filming with movie mode on the S2. You cannot on the 610.
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Old Apr 25, 2006, 11:55 PM   #7
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You CAN zoom during filming with movie mode on the S2. You cannot on the 610.


Thanks for the clarification vwmom! I know (nearly) nothing about the A610, and it's nice to know my S2 still has some advantages over newer Canons. :-)I'm guessing the S2 and S3 are probably larger than our cinematographer is thinking about.

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