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c0mrade Aug 16, 2005 10:05 AM

Well, Jeff @ dcresource.com has RE-confirmed Steve's conclusion that this is indeed a good camera:

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/ko...ew/index.shtml

With the exception of battery life, which I knew about before I bought this camera, which is why I bought a spare right away along with the camera. As I said before I'd give up battery life for beautiful high res LCD screen this camera has, as I think that's what eats most of the energy.

swastikam Aug 16, 2005 1:16 PM

Surprisingly he did not compare it to either Casio S500 or Samsung i5, two cameras which are comparable in my opinion. Anyway, how is the battery life of Kodak V530? I like those Red and Pink models!! With a smaller LCD I guess it may last longer. And, in V550 can one finish a 1GB card movie sans changing the battery?

big_potato Aug 16, 2005 1:39 PM

In my first few charging cycles of my v550, I did try to estimate the video energy consumption.

Unofficially (my testing conditons were not well controlled) I estimate that 10 sec of movie is equiv to the energy consumed by a still pic shot. So, somebody tested that the v550 could take 150~200 shots => 1500sec ~ 2000sec.

v550 Mpeg-4 is 0.5MB/sec, and 1GB is 2000sec.

So maybe (in my reckoning), you will finish 1GB of 640x480 movie without changing battery.

Practically you may try to save energy in movie mode by:

1. Turn off LCD
2. Turn off Continuous Focusing
3. Avoid optical zoom
4. Avoid fast moving objects to minimize mpeg-4 compression computation
...
..
99. Get an external 4xAA NiMH (1.25x4 = 5V) adapter to plug into the v550 5V input.
100. Prepare a pocket of ice to kool the DC which will get boiler-plate hot by the end of your movie.


And I think not too many v550 owners in this forum, are willing to test the video/battery limit for you, bcos that would depreciate the whole DC very much - overheat, SD life ...etc. FYI my clips are at most 5-minute (unless very important occasions).





steve Aug 16, 2005 1:40 PM

c0mrade wrote:
Quote:

Well, Jeff @ dcresource.com has confirmed that this is indeed a good camera:

So I guess that means that you didn't believe just my review huh?

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/v550.html

c0mrade Aug 16, 2005 2:01 PM

steve wrote:
Quote:

c0mrade wrote:
Quote:

Well, Jeff @ dcresource.com has confirmed that this is indeed a good camera:

So I guess that means that you didn't believe just my review huh?

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/v550.html
Of course I did Steve, I just said that Jeff reconfirmed that, that's all. It's just always nice to get another professional's oppinion. Sorry, I didn't mean to advertise another site on here or anything, just thought it's an interesting piece of info :) In fact if you read any of my other threads about this camera, you'll see me refering to you, and your oppinion of it :) There I edited my original post to clarify that :)

steve Aug 16, 2005 3:17 PM

c0mrade wrote:
Quote:

Of course I did Steve, I just said that Jeff reconfirmed that, that's all. It's just always nice to get another professional's oppinion. Sorry, I didn't mean to advertise another site on here or anything, just thought it's an interesting piece of info :) In fact if you read any of my other threads about this camera, you'll see me refering to you, and your oppinion of it :) There I edited my original post to clarify that :)

I have no problem with links to other reviews, most of my conclusion pages have "Second Opinion" links to the other guy's reviews. I was just being a smarty pants:blah:

c0mrade Aug 16, 2005 5:09 PM

Thank god for sites like yours though, it decreased my pain by about twice, because when I shop for something, I'm just too anal for everything, I have to know everything.


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