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Old Aug 17, 2010, 11:30 PM   #1
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I think I may go with the olympus pen e-pl1, I my self am into mostly video and I wanted to know if anyone one here knows the size of the video files the camera creates? Is there a limit as to how much it can record at a time? What size of a memory card would be sufficient to take a good amount of pictures and video? And also what manual controls can be used in video mode?
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 7:40 AM   #2
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hi, nadz welcome to the forum, The video is limited to 2GB files, 4 modes for movies are, P, A, M, & your coice of the 6 art filters. For manual you choose both aperture &shutter speed (1/60-1/2000 sec.). iso can be set manually between 200 &1600. there are 2 recording modes, SD & HD. the image stabilizer automatically comes on when recording a movie. If your really interested you might want to go to Olympus's website and download the manual which might offer you more information. hope this helps.
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 8:13 AM   #3
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You will shoot at 720p, it will let you shoot up to 15min at a time, as that is the file format limit. You will want at least a 8gb card, as it will eat up close to 4gb for 15min of video.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 4:26 PM   #4
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The main problem about video is continues-auto-focus (C-AF) which is pretty much useless at least with the included 14-42 lens. This limits video mostly for relatively steady subjects only, such as a cooking show but no way for a soccer game. Not sure whether a faster lens could be good enough for C-AF.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 7:27 PM   #5
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panny 14-140HD lens for video.
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Old Aug 20, 2010, 5:25 PM   #6
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How about Oly 14-150?
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 1:38 PM   #7
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The HD lens is a video lens, the oly lens is a standard lens. The Video lens is better for video needs.
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The HD has built-in OIS, I don't care much about that, especially E-PL1 has that built in the body. The HD is also double heavy. As long as the Oly can focus as fast as the HD, it is all I want.
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You just turn of the OIS with the panny lens. I have have panny lens the have OIS, but I just turn it off. But the big advantage of the HD is that it was design for video focus. You can have it continues focus and not get jerky unlike a photo lens that do get jerky if you shoot continuous focus.

It is similar to the sonly e-mount video lens that is for the nex and the nex video camcorder.
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I think it is not worth it to buy a video lens for this camera. This camera is simply not for serious video. Even for Youtube kind of stuff, the $100 Zi8 does a way better job. I think the reason is the motion jpeg format, no compare to H.264.

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