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Old Dec 8, 2009, 11:45 PM   #31
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Got this response back from Speed Digital Limited:

Dear customer,

Thanks for your enquiry.
The video is great. About the firmware, we are still waiting the vendor to release the latest firmware.
Do you encounter any problems of this DV?


So a new firmware is on the way? I wonder what it will included?
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Old Dec 9, 2009, 2:16 AM   #32
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I just got word from a youtuber who owns this camera: sadly there are absolutely NO manual controls on this device. No AF lock, no manual exposure/iris/focus, no nothing.
The only thing this individual mentions is an exposure correction function (-2 & +2 stops) and nothing else besides that.

It's really a shame, since I was really liking the video captured by this economic device.
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Old Dec 9, 2009, 6:22 AM   #33
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No different to the DXG-595V, which is/was also sold as the Speed HD7z.

Actually the HD7z has since evolved into the HD-8z and then into the current HD-8tz.

The HD-50z is another evolution of these cameras, in a different body as far as I can tell.
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Old Dec 9, 2009, 11:28 PM   #34
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The Australian version of this camera sold by Kogan locally has received a good review from PC World - 4 and a half stars out of 5, mainly for it's value for money. There are a few differences between the Kogan version of this camera and the HD-50z:

*Claimed 10mp CMOS sensor vs HD-50z's 5mp sensor (the PC world article incorrectly states the Kogan has a 12mp CMOS sensor, when in fact the image can be interpolated up to 12mp, just like the HD-50z)
*Claimed max SDHC capacity of 32GB vs HD-50z's 16GB (although I think the HD-50z can take 32GB)
*Night shot recording mode on the Kogan (although there is zero mention of this in Kogan's user manual)
*Ability to record at 1080i 60fps on the Kogan.

So there you go!
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*Night shot recording mode on the Kogan (although there is zero mention of this in Kogan's user manual)
*Ability to record at 1080i 60fps on the Kogan.

So there you go!
I would like to praise Kogan for such a well written manual. Regardless of this being a budget camera, the instructions are very clear and helpful, not to mention that they cover every single aspect of the camera. I'm impressed (I read every page of it and I don't even own this camera!)
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Old Dec 10, 2009, 12:13 AM   #36
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I see even another variant of the HD-50Z by another Australian company: Millennius Memmoir Full HD DVC.
http://www.millennius.com.au/product...camcorder.html

I think I like the Kogan the most so far, because of the 10MP CMOS sensor, their logo on the camera and the well written manual
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Old Dec 10, 2009, 3:41 AM   #37
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I would like to praise Kogan for such a well written manual. Regardless of this being a budget camera, the instructions are very clear and helpful, not to mention that they cover every single aspect of the camera. I'm impressed (I read every page of it and I don't even own this camera!)
The manual is word for word the same as the one that comes with the HD-50z, save for the pictures showing that the Kogan can do 1080i at 60fps.
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Old Dec 20, 2009, 8:27 PM   #38
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i recently bought this camera from China, shipping from China to Texas ~ 1 week. quality is pretty good for the price, and i am just learning videography for fun.
check out my video.

http://vimeo.com/8300592

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Very nice video maranda!! Was that edited on a Mac?
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i recently bought this camera from China, shipping from China to Texas ~ 1 week. quality is pretty good for the price, and i am just learning videography for fun.
check out my video.

http://vimeo.com/8300592

thanks
Welcome aboard Maranda.....

WOW! stunning, very impressed, happy t ohear you are enjoying your Hybrid.....
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