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Old Jun 10, 2004, 8:19 AM   #1
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I don't know what is "normal" for taking videos with audio for this camera. No matter how close or far the audio source is from the built in mic, nor how soft or loud it is, during playback the audio portion of the clip is almost unintelligible. It is very scratchy, almost like it is overdriven. This occurs when it is played back on the camera, or TV (AV cable), or on a PCafter downloading it.

How should theaudio sound? I just don't send it back to Minolta for repair because I bought this camera used from someone who needed a camera that accepted an external flash, and it is out of warranty, so I will be paying for any repair.

This is my first digital camera. Any help is appreciated.

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Old Jan 28, 2005, 12:01 PM   #2
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My dad bought the S414 recently and it has the same problem with "overdriven" sound in the videos.

I believe that he sent it back for repairs and I think that they said it was fine.

So unfortunately, maybe that's just how the camera is. It's really weird though. If I find anything out I'll let you know.
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Old Jan 28, 2005, 3:52 PM   #3
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I don't know what is "normal" for taking videos with audio for this camera. No matter how close or far the audio source is from the built in mic, nor how soft or loud it is, during playback the audio portion of the clip is almost unintelligible. It is very scratchy, almost like it is overdriven. This occurs when it is played back on the camera, or TV (AV cable), or on a PC after downloading it.

How should the audio sound? I just don't send it back to Minolta for repair because I bought this camera used from someone who needed a camera that accepted an external flash, and it is out of warranty, so I will be paying for any repair.

This is my first digital camera. Any help is appreciated.

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The problem lies in the S414s onboard mic/speaker. When you play back sound on the onbaord speaker it is absoulutely SICK. The sound is lots better when listened to on the computer. However, the mic on the S414 is just not a very good mic, so it does strange stuff to the sound. If you want to get a camera that takes good video and audio, as well as great pictures, check out the DiMAGE Z2 (and Z3), which will go up to 800x600 video (compared to the S414s 320x240).
Hope that helps,
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