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Old Jul 20, 2005, 1:00 PM   #1
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In the market for a new digicam and two features I really seem to like are:
  • image stabilization - I can always use the help in holding the camera steady[/*]
  • 640X480 mpeg-4 video - I like the idea of only having to carry one camera around in more casual situations. Also that mpeg4 doesn't eat up card space as quickly.
I've searched and read reviews but don't seem to be able to find this combination of features.

I'm open on brand and zoom. Prefer 5 mp or better.

Can anyone suggets a model I may be missing??

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Old Jul 22, 2005, 9:47 PM   #2
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Here's a few:

Digilife DDV-6000
Digilife DDV-S670 latest production models only
Digilife DDV-720 / 7000

Aiptek DV5700 / IS-DV

Sanyo Xacti

Samsung Miniket

Panasonic SV-AV100

The JVC Everio models have image stabilization, but they are MPEG2 cameras, not MPEG4.

I'm surprised image stabilization is not specified for the Sony DSC-M1.

The Digilife DDV-720 is unique in also having a remote control. The Digilife's and Aiptek don't have optical zooms. 5mp versions of the Digilife are due out this summer.

You can get post-production software that has the same end result (and probably does the same thing) as built-in IS. The Sanyo Xacti C1 came with IS software, rather than integrated.

I trust you know that because of how it works, digital/software IS narrows the field of view and costs some image quality. Well worth it, but it's also worth turning off when you don't need it, like when using a tripod. On my DDV-720, the digital zoom won't work when the IS is turned on. Probably not enough memory to store both subroutines at the same time.

You may be interested in the recently established Hybrid camera forum:
I'll mention your question there.
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 10:11 PM   #3
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I would get a Canon S2 IS and buy a 1Gb card for it if you want a real 5Mp camera. Movie sound is stereo with a wind damper and you can use the optical zoom while recording movies. I have no idea why they didn't use MPEG4 with all that great technology.

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