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Old Oct 25, 2005, 11:24 PM   #1
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i just received myXacti C5today from an ebay seller who claimed it is brand new. the seal was broken but i assumed he did that to remove the included 1GB SD card. he gave me a discount with the card being removed. i didn't need it because i have my own ultra 2GB SD card.

any how, i tried the camera today and i have afew complaints.

1) the zoom engine sound it caught by the mic of the camera and is heard in video playback.

2) the zoom while video recording is slower than when the video recording is not active.

3) the device gets hot pretty quickly.

here's a video that shows the slowness of the zoom and it's lound sound (HQ not SHQ): http://www.msafi.com/pictures/VCLP0001.MP4

i should also mention that the zoom noise is not very apparent when the surrounding environment is less quiet. nonetheless, it's still annoying.

Please someone tell me if this is normal?


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Old Oct 25, 2005, 11:46 PM   #2
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I don't own one, but yes I think that's completly normal. The zoom noise, and the focus noise (which you don't mention) were some ofthe reservations I had about this camera after reading about it on the internet.As you point outit might bemostly an issue in quiet environments. I'veseen others mention that it gets quite hot (is it a Sanyo battery?). I haven't heard about the slower zoom when filming, but perhaps it is to avoid being too loud?

Check out this video of a kitten taken with the C5 to compare, it has zoom and focus noise, and zooms about the same speed as your sample.

Thanks for posting your sample video, every sample helps others evaluate. That looks like a very low light environment, was it?
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Old Oct 26, 2005, 12:27 AM   #3
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so now i know where thatadded noise is coming from. it's the focus.

i'm using sanyo batteries. the OEM ones that came with it.

the light in the room is not very low. but there is only onesource of lightand it's directed towards the ceiling (you can actually see it in the video. it's reflected by the mirror behind me to the window, which appears in the video)

so if that's just how the camera is, then i'm actually happy. i don't wanna go through the exchange process.

thanks for the video with the kitten (it's so cute!). i guess my camera is normal.
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Old Oct 26, 2005, 3:34 AM   #4
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Depending on what you've filming, I've found that setting the camera to fixed focus (press the control button up) while focusing a distance away stops the 'clack clack clack' focusing noise....not a perfect solution - especially if you're trying to focus on objects both near and far - but can be handy in a quiet areas.

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Old Oct 26, 2005, 4:36 PM   #5
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thanks for the tip
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