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Old Jan 21, 2006, 11:04 PM   #1
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I am considering buying a Z5. 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.

Any advice?

I am also considering the Canon S2 and the Kodak P850.

The Z5 has basically all of the same features for asignificantly less price. Guess that is because it is sooooooo ugly . . . .

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Old Jan 27, 2006, 10:28 PM   #2
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I own a Z5 and tried "videotaping" at 640 x 480, 30 fps.

The quality is NEARLY the same as my Panasonic Palmcorder!

Let's say that it is good enough to REPLACE my Panasonic.

Now only ONE piece of gear is needed.

Let's also say that ALL camcorders (for me) ar finished until I can afford to go with the Sony HDR-HC1, or the like.
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Old Feb 26, 2006, 3:24 AM   #3
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I'm thinking of purchasing either a Z5/z6 or perhaps one of those multi hybrids for the same thing.

I don't want to shell $500+ for a DECENT MiniDV camcorder, and hoping that instead i can spend 200-300 on a multi-fuction camera.

Is your palmcorder and DV Camera, or a SVHS? also, can you stick a 2GB or more SD card in these things?
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Old Feb 28, 2006, 8:28 AM   #4
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aijuswannasing wrote:
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I'm thinking of purchasing either a Z5/z6 or perhaps one of those multi hybrids for the same thing.

I don't want to shell $500+ for a DECENT MiniDV camcorder, and hoping that instead i can spend 200-300 on a multi-fuction camera.
If video quality is a must for you, than you shouldn't be looking at the Z6 because movie size is max. 320x240 @ 30 fps, but the Z5 can record 640 x 480 @ 30 fps.

I own a Z2 and I like the movies I can shoot with it, but the Z2 has trouble keeping focused on moving targets, and in ambient light the movies get grainy. Also the sound quality is not very good. But it could be that in the Z5 these problem are fixed. The Z5 records at a higher data rate (10 seconds of movie in the Z5 is about 13 MB and 10 seconds of movie in the Z2 is about 10 MB)

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Old Mar 1, 2006, 8:41 AM   #5
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aijuswannasing wrote:
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I'm thinking of purchasing either a Z5/z6 or perhaps one of those multi hybrids for the same thing.

I don't want to shell $500+ for a DECENT MiniDV camcorder, and hoping that instead i can spend 200-300 on a multi-fuction camera.

Is your palmcorder and DV Camera, or a SVHS? also, can you stick a 2GB or more SD card in these things?


You can't have it all in one gadget, at least for now.

Hi, I own a Sony analog Hi8, Sharp miniDV Camcorder, Dimage Z3 and recently I bought a hybrid (AIPTEK DV6800).


There is no way you can compare the quality between a miniDV and the Dimage when it comes to video especially in low light condition. If you really go for quality buy a videocam. there are quite good miniDV for $300.I would say the AIPTEK shoots a bit better video than the Dimage, but because the Dimage has autofocus, and an optical zoom maybe they are more ore less equal.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"As for the still, the Dimage beats both the Hybrid and the miniDV. Dimage Z are superfast, I can shoot3 or 4 frames per second. i need this becasue it is difficult to take pictures of mychildren.

Minolta use quicktime format, this means that if will burn it to DVD or VCD you still need to re-encode the file. Good thing is you do not need video capture card to transfer the file.

As for the memory, according to the manual 2GB is Ok but I have not try it. I have 1 GB for my AIPTEK (good for 45 minutes only at full resolution) and 512 MB for my Z3. Both of them does not require the fast (and expensive) card since they have internalbuffer for capturing Video.




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