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Old Feb 2, 2009, 10:57 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I have just bought a Sanyo HD1010. While the video quality is amazing in HD, I must admit to being rather disapointed with the still picture quality. I had hoped that the Sanyo would double as my video and still camera. Unfortunately I have a Casio Exilim camera bought in 2005 which produces better photos.
With the Sanyo I have noticed that the photos are not sharp like the Exilim, and there is a lot of compression in the jpegs, so much so that you can see the dots in some photos. In the menu section with the Sanyo there are lots of options for tweaking how the camera takes the photos. Does anyone here know any good combinations for improving the photo quality for NOOBS like myself?

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Old Feb 3, 2009, 12:07 AM   #2
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I have noticed with my HD1010 photos that they respond well with sharpening and a slight S curve. I also prefer taking photos in the 16:9 ratio as they look better to my eye.

Regarding your Casio Exilim from 2005 I have also found that my old Minolta F100 from even further back takes better photos.

I have a Sony H9 and Canon S2 for still photos but I have found through the years though that even an Instamatic will always take a better photo than a DSLR that is at home in the cupboard. :-) and this is where I am glad to suffer a bit of degradation in the photos to at least get the photo.
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Old Feb 3, 2009, 8:56 AM   #3
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My old Fujifilm 6900Z from 2000 does better but then it's a lot more camera than this thing. It even takes a bit of video but it seesm to be the reverse of the HD1010 great photos and lousy video. The 6900 also rtequires an external battery pack so I'm using the HD1010 now for everything.



I just really miss not having an eyepiece viewfinder. With this camera it's pretty much shoot and hope. The view screen isn't good enough for manual focusing for my eyes.



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Old Feb 4, 2009, 10:33 AM   #4
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Hi guys, I have just bought a Sanyo HD1010. While the video quality is amazing in HD, I must admit to being rather disapointed with the still picture quality.
Just want to bring this to light in case you didn't know, but the HD1010's photos are really only 4 megapixels. I'm only mentioning this in case you're shooting in the 8mp interpolated mode and are expecting 8mp quality photos. The HD1000/HD1010 take all their photos in 4mp and blow them up to 8mp. The new HD2000 will be 8mp native resolution.

If you are indeed aware of that the only thing I can say is yeah, the picture quality is definitely not nearly as good as standalone digicams. For my uses though (vacation pics) I shoot in 16:9 (3.5mp mode) and the photos come out quite well, but still not dramatically better than my old 2mp Canon A40 camera.

Are you shooting in the highest quality mode (again - not the 8mp mode)? Is it focus you're finding an issue with or just noise in the photos?



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Old Feb 5, 2009, 8:27 AM   #5
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Hi thanks for your reply. I was shooting in the 16:9 mode you mentioned. When you said that I should check if it is in high quality mode, is there such an option in the menu? I saw an option for high sensitivity but that seems to make everything brighter.
The main problem I was having as that I did not think the photos were sharp like my old casio ex750. Also the jpeg compression shows a lot of dots .
Any ways that I could improve this? thanks for your help.
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Hi. No, it wasn't the high sensitivity mode I was referring to but rather the quality setting. I don't have the camera in front of me but at 16:9 the highest quality is listed as 3.5mp. So make sure yours says 3.5mp. If it does then there's really little else you can do to improve the quality other than trying to manually set exposure and shutter speeds and things like that to get the best tweaked settings for each specificshot.

As you've seen, the quality of the photos does show more graininess than usual and it's relatively common on dual purpose camcorders such as these. If all your settings are optimized then the only thing you can do is shoot in the best lighting, hold the camera as steady as possible or tripod it, and get the best focus. Other than that you're at the mercy of the camera's electronics and algorithms.



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Old Mar 4, 2009, 12:52 AM   #7
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I have a Sanyo HD1000 and a Nikon D300 DSLR and I know what you mean about the photo quality of the Sanyo not keeping up with a real dedicated digital camera. But I find the photo quality on the Sanyo to be pretty good when there is enough light and you hold the camera steady. You also have to pay attention to where the Sanyo chose to focus and make sure it focussed on the right subject.

I posted some sample HD1000 photos I took during a Florida (Disneyworld) vacation last summer in another thread. See here:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...jump_to=897042

I'm happy enough with the HD1000 photos that it's the only camera I bring on family vacations when I want to travel light.

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I agree with wtang. I was wondering how my camera takes wonderful shots at one point and then incredibly bad shots in other occasions. Your assessment is dead on! In bright sunny days and or just those perfect environments, it will show some good colors, contrast. I take my xacti when I go light also because it is good enough.
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Im sure my HD1 took much better photos than the HD1010 whereas the HD1010 does taken absolutely amazing video!

The HD1010 photos just seem lower resolution (I know they are only 4MP max) but I did obtain much sharper and clearer pictures with previous Xacti models which I think were actually lower resolution.

I cant wait to get a HD2000 now - seems like just the last few minor niggles ironed out!

PS Here one of my photos before and after manipulation. I posted it in another thread due to exposure problems but can see the resolution issues aswell.

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Your photo is the perfect time to choose Spot metering to get the exposure you want. It looks like the camera exposed for the sky instead of the tree.
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