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Old Aug 18, 2004, 10:41 PM   #1
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Bob -
There are conflicting specs on the FZ15 audio capability. Can you clear up the confusion?

FZ15 specs here say **Microphone Built-in**
Comparative FZ15 specs vs FZ20 here suggest no mic/no audio http://panasonic.co.jp/pavc/global/lumix/fz20/specifications.html

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Old Aug 19, 2004, 2:13 PM   #2
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The audio feature is for attaching short comments to still images. These can accompany a slide show.
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Old Aug 19, 2004, 6:47 PM   #3
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Bob - We know what the audio feature does. Is it available on the fz15? The specs say yes and no.
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do the fz15 and fz20 record video with audio?
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Old Aug 20, 2004, 11:20 AM   #5
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On the FZ15, the audio is only associated with STILL images - as explained in the previous response
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Old Aug 20, 2004, 12:30 PM   #6
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Hmmm...this is where "clear as mud" comes to mind.

The website Fred referenced seems to clearly indicate that it does not offer the audio dub feature that the FZ1, 2, 3, and 20 offer, but does not specifically mention that it records sound with the video function. I think that is what we're needing clarification on. This is something I think the average consumer would deduce given that all the rest of the FZ line offers audio dubbing for still shots, but the FZ15 does not. It sort of pushes a shopper to conclude that the FZ15 does not have a microphone and therefore offers no audio functions...eitherin motion or still modes.

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Does the the FZ15 record video with sound ordoesit not record video with sound?

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Old Aug 20, 2004, 6:08 PM   #7
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Panasonic wrote:
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On the FZ15, the audio is only associated with STILL images - as explained in the previous response
Bob- The first site at "Panasonic ideas for life"includes the following specs for the fz15:

1. Still Image Recording with Audio: No
2. Microphone: Built-in

That would suggest that the fz15 does have a microphone and that it is disabled for still images.Nothing is statedas to whether thefz15 microphone is enabled in movie mode.

The second link (also Panasonic ideas for life) shows a comparison between the specs for the fz20 and fz15.Regarding audio,the fz20 spec is givenand a non-commital "-" is shown for the fz15.

Have you had hands on experience with the fz15? Does it have a mic? If so, is audio available for both still and movie modes?

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Old Aug 25, 2004, 3:32 PM   #8
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Well, over at DPreview, someone has downloaded the FZ15 manual and THEY say that there is no audio with the video. The only reference they make to sound in the FZ15 manual is "beeps".

I sincerely hope that the FZ15 doesrecord audio with video -- if not, that's a HUGE step backwards for absolutely no reason (IMHO).

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Old Aug 25, 2004, 10:07 PM   #9
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From http://www.nightowlcamera.com/panasonic.html

DMC-FZ15K
DMC-FZ15K
4 megapixels
12X optical zoom
Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens
Image stabilization
F2.8 available through entire focal length
Internal pop-up flash
Manual focus ring
Movies with sound <<<<<<<<<<





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Old Aug 26, 2004, 1:15 AM   #10
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That's just an online store -- some webmaster may have "oops'ed" and cut/paste the same information for the FZ20/15/3 and then not changed some of it.

I'm on dial-up (no broadband for me!) or I would go to the Panasonic site and look at the FZ15 manual. Supposedly, it does not mention anything about sound or a microphone, but I haven't seen it with my own eyes.

Wish Bob would check in and settle this once and for all.

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