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Old Sep 28, 2008, 12:41 PM   #1
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Has anyone on this forum (or elsewhere) ever disassemble their camera and replace the lens with an alternative?
I'd love to see an Aiptek (or similar) taken apart and setup with a high quality glass lens perhaps from an SLR or something suitable.......anyone ever try this?

Being relatively inexpensive I'd be surprised if someone had NOT done this as I've seen this done with much more expensive cameras with great results.

Anyone have a website with one of these cameras taken apart- I just may experiment with my Go-HD!!!
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Old Sep 28, 2008, 2:09 PM   #2
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What I've noticed in my experimentation with these tiny, SD card camcorders is that the Panasonic models have a really good image sensor and reasonably good lens in comparison to the others.

I base my opinion on what I've observed when I attach the various camcorders directly to a CRT monitor.

Some findings:

1. The Panasonic (SDR-S10P1) models outperform the Aiptek Action HD, the Aiptek ISDV2.4, and the Sanyo VPC-CG6 when these camcorders are attached to large, external CRT (tube) interlaced displays.

2. The Sanyo VPC-CG6 models produce video that looks better on progressive computer displays than on interlaced, CRT TV monitors and this is partly due to the increased saturation that is possible with Sanyo manual settings.

I'd love to see a new type of product.

I'd like to see the camcorder manufacturers release just an imager and a lens with an AV out that would allow consumers to attach the recording mechanism of their choice.
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Old Sep 28, 2008, 6:45 PM   #3
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Which of these sub-$200 cams are Panasonic chipped? I recall reading a post where someone mentioned the cam had a Panasonic CCD in it- don't recall which model.
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Old Sep 28, 2008, 7:09 PM   #4
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NONE.

I'm talking about the following Panasonic models:

1. SDR-SW20R

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...00000000005702



2. SDR-S7A:

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...00000000005702


3. SDR-SW20S:

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...00000000005702


4. SDR-S7R:

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...00000000005702


5. SDR-S10P1


6. SDR-S7K:

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...00000000005702


7. SDR-S7S:

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...00000000005702


These are all variations of the same camcorder, but with a few different features such as degree of water-tightness, color, shell design, etc.


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Old Oct 1, 2008, 9:13 AM   #5
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Looks like JVC is getting ready to release some high definition AVCHD models based on the same design:

http://www.akihabaranews.com/en/news...C+Cameras.html
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