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Old Dec 17, 2005, 9:26 AM   #1
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I just got a P850 for my birthday The pix are great, and the features more than cover what I'm looking for in an intermediate camera, but...

In our family, we have had a LS753, DC210, and a V550. None of those cams make the racket this thing makes when you turn it on, or when zooming.

Does anyone have any idea how the P850 is supposed to sound in this situation??? Mine makes a fairly loud whine on boot (when the lens extensds) and when zooming - it's toward the higher pitch end of the spectrum - almost a sctratchy - whine sound.

It's not like I am worried about noise while zooming video. This is quite noticible, and nothing like the other cams we have, which are more like a softer, low pitched whirring sound. The V550 is pretty quiet, the DC210 - couldn't find it for my quick test, and the LS753 was a louder whir than the V550, but nothing like the high pitched and louder whine of the P850.

Am I making too much of this?

What are your experiences? Thanks!
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Old Dec 17, 2005, 9:50 AM   #2
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My P850 is louder then my DX7590, DX6340, DX3215, then my Sony P10. No big deal to me. If you can't take it, then return it.
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Old Dec 17, 2005, 12:17 PM   #3
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It's not the end of the world, but it caught me off guard. I was just curious to see if this is typical for this model, or if it is defective.
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Makes a bit more noise then most.
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Old Dec 17, 2005, 3:59 PM   #5
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Thezoom noiseis evident, and easily something that could have been designed better.

It is just something I learned to live with. There are so many other great features and attributes of this unit (compared tocompetitior models) that it is still worth owning and using.

It's one of the few cam's that has a zooming option in video mode. But I actually avoid usingzoom during shooting,unless necessary, since it makes for a noisy video.

As said earlier, if that specific issue bothers youtoomuch,you can always take it back. But finding another model that has the same features will be alittle more difficult.
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Old Dec 17, 2005, 4:27 PM   #6
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howdydooit wrote:
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In our family, we have had a LS753, DC210, and a V550. None of those cams make the racket this thing makes when you turn it on, or when zooming.
3 cams andit's your first time posting here?

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Old Dec 17, 2005, 8:02 PM   #7
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Possibly the fact that the P850 is carrying more weight in the lens makes for a more robust mechanism to focus and zoom the lens. Not to mention the IS and hybrid manual focus. There is just so-o-o much more there to move! Kodak could have used a finer gear set or insulated more to prevent the noise from escaping but these have their drawbacks too. In the first instance you might loose speed in the zoom or focus. In the second you'd have more bulk and size. They may have decided on a happy medium of noise versus speed and size and weight! Who knows??? If the noise were to start getting worse incrementally then it would be time to start worrying! Just my thought on the subject! And A hearty welcome to the forum!!



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Old Dec 17, 2005, 10:55 PM   #8
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys! :-) - that's pretty funny about 4 cams and finally posting. I think I may have posted here back when I first created an account, as I could not set up an account with this user name (and when I put in my e-mail address to reset the password, it worked!)

I have a feeling that I posted some back when my DC210 was the latest thing. In any event, it's a nice place to learn stuff - and I really appreciate the responses.

As to the P850, when I first heard the noise, I got a little nervous and didn't want to take too many pictures in case I wanted to return it. I really thought it might be defective. Later today, I had to run an errand and stopped in Best Buy (stupid me - traffic was worse than rush hour - big shopping day). The ambient noise in the store kind of drowned it out, so I guess that's why I never noticed it.

That said, your responses took away my inhibitions once I realized I was probably over reacting, and I have taken about 100 pix just horsing around. Now I don't really notice it, so I guess I was just paranoid. I wonder if the DX7590 sounds like that? Anyway, I was messing around with the SCN modes and that snow setting really works great! I'm going to have a blast with this thing!

Also - I'll have to pop in now and then so that I don't forget my password!
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And post some photos !! LOL



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Old Dec 18, 2005, 9:32 AM   #10
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The noise is normal. I had a Fuji S5000 and a Fuji S5100 and they made the same noise the P850 does while the lens is moving.
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