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Old Mar 7, 2007, 10:52 PM   #1
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is this a good starter hybrid camera
Aiptek MZ-DV Multi-Function Personal Media Player/Video Recorder with MP3 Player

SOFTWARE INCLUDED
  • Camera Manager [/*]
  • Muvee AutoProducer [/*]
  • ArcSoft Photo Impression [/*]
  • ArcSoft Media Card Companion [/*]
  • ArcSoft MediaConverter[/*]
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Image Sensor: 5 Mega-Pixel CMOS (2560 x 1920) [/*]
  • Hardware Resolution:
    - 3264 x 2448 Pixels (8 Mega Pixel)
    - 2560 x 1920 Pixels (5 Mega Pixel)
    - 2048 x 1536 Pixels (3 Mega Pixel) [/*]
  • Video Resolution:
    - 720 x 480 Pixels (D1) up to 20 fps
    - 640 x 480 Pixels (VGA) up to 30 fps
    - 320 x 240 Pixels (QVGA) up to 30 fps [/*]
  • File Format: ASF, JPEG, WAV, MP3 [/*]
  • Internal Memory: 32 MB Flash Memory (16 MB for Storage) [/*]
  • External Memory: SD/MMC Card (up to 4GB) [/*]
  • Aperture Range: F3.6~F6.7; f=7.5~21.5mm [/*]
  • LCD Display: 2.4" TFT Panel with 270° Rotation [/*]
  • Lens: 3x Optical Auto Focus Zoom Lens [/*]
  • Flashlight/ LED Light: Flash light for Pictures (Auto/On/Off); LED light for Videos (Auto/ On/ Off) [/*]
  • Anti-Red Eye: Yes [/*]
  • Digital Zoom: 8x [/*]
  • Focus Range:
    - Marco Mode: 5cm~30cm @ 1x Fixed Zoom
    - Normal Mode: 30cm ~8 [/*]
  • White Balance: 5 Modes (Auto, Sunny, cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent) [/*]
  • Exposure Control: Auto; EV: +1.5 ~ -1.5 [/*]
  • Microphone: Yes [/*]
  • Voice Recorder: Yes [/*]
  • Speaker: Yes [/*]
  • TV Out: NTSC/ PAL Color System Supported [/*]
  • MP3: Yes [/*]
  • Self-Timer: 10 sec. [/*]
  • Auto Power Off: 1 Min./ 3 Min./ 5Min. [/*]
  • Interface: USB 2.0 [/*]
  • Battery: NP60, 1000mA Li-lon Rechargeable Battery [/*]
  • Dimensions: 70 x 33 x 113mm (LxWxH)[/*]
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
  • Microsoft Windows XP / 2000 [/*]
  • Macintosh Support: File Upload Only [/*]
  • P4 - 1.5GHz (or Equivalent) [/*]
  • Direct X 9.0c or Above [/*]
  • 256 MB of RAM (512 MB Recommended) [/*]
  • Video Card with 64 MB of RAM for minimum 24 bit (True Color) Display [/*]
  • 4X Speed CD-ROM [/*]
  • An Available USB Port[/*]
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Old Mar 7, 2007, 11:02 PM   #2
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Reviews on this camera and samples are starting to come in. Check these threads:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=119129&forum_id=92
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=92

As for whether it's a good "starter" hybrid? I am of the opinion that all hybrids are essentially "starter" type cameras, given their limited capabilities and (for the most part) price range.

What are you looking for in a hybrid?
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Old Mar 8, 2007, 3:48 AM   #3
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mzdvguy wrote:
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As for whether it's a good "starter" hybrid? I am of the opinion that all hybrids are essentially "starter" type cameras, given their limited capabilities and (for the most part) price range.

What are you looking for in a hybrid?

the camera is a lil high in price for some, and if you understand what a hybrid camcorder does

the MZ-dv has advance features like Auto focus,

if you understand some basic camera skills and leads to new thread now on this basic camera skills?

most important thing you must understand and do with a model like this MZdvguy may agree or disagree?



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when Zooming auto focus will blur.


you need to understand why one has to edit zoom


1 record a video, in a natural setting at ~ (infinity) mode no zoom, then stop recording and zoom in record again. this cuts out editing

2 repeat no.1 but now zoom in still recording, the camcorder will blurr , focus blurr till you stop zooming.





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Members must realize the camcorder is doing its job and is perfectly normal, this is not a pro camcorder. you now edit out the zoom, but you want the zoom while recording I know Aiptek should have noted this

I may be wrong but corect me now thanx

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Old Mar 8, 2007, 1:56 PM   #4
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Before you buy this, make sure you can live with the focus noise. I'm not talking about the "zoom" noise when you zoom in and out (thats actually quiet), i'm talking about when you move the camera to a subject, and camera tries to focus but it makes so much noise, the mic picks it up. Check out my review and video to see what i'm saying: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=92
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Old Mar 8, 2007, 9:23 PM   #5
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FWIW sometimes the camera can lock focus quickly enough to not make the zooming part of the video trash. Depends on your tolerance, of course.
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