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Old Jan 21, 2006, 10:00 PM   #1
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I am considering buying a P850. One thing I am interested in is what people think of the video quality compared to a digital camcorder. I know it will not replace my camcorder, but would like to be able to use have video that is close to that same qualtiy.

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I am also considering the Canon S2 and the Dimange Z5



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Old Jan 22, 2006, 2:09 PM   #2
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DRW I don't own one so I can't give you a good answer. But we'll keep you up at the top until someone can help!

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Old Jan 22, 2006, 4:12 PM   #3
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these are all from reviews. haven't seen them, but i hope it helps.

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/ko...w/100_0192.MOV
http://img2.dpreview.com/reviews/P850/100_1009.MOV
http://img2.dpreview.com/reviews/P850/100_1011.MOV
http://img2.dpreview.com/reviews/P850/100_1015.MOV
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Old Jan 23, 2006, 10:39 PM   #5
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The p850 does have full screen 640x480 video quality at 30 frames per second.
And when compared to other P&S digital cams,it provides the best video size and frame rate available. It also does auto focus and zoom during video recording, which most other digicams do not (the zoom feature inparticular),

Though photo quality is decent, it can not compare to a digital camcorder that uses tape, dvd, or hard drive.Even a1GB memory cardwill only give youlessthan 15minutes of videoat the highest quality. That's not much!

One other drawback of the video in the p850 is thezoom motor. Itis very LOUD! And you willmost likely notice (if not get annoyed by) the zooming noise heard during playback of your videos. If you dont zoom, it wont be an issue- but that kind of defeats the purpose, right?

Bottom line, if you want pro quality "flawless" video, then stick with a digital camcorder, instead of any of the digital cameras that also have video capture.

If you want something that takes great pictures (and has video too), then the p850 camera is a good choice. There really arent anyunits that do both well.






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