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Old Mar 20, 2007, 2:28 PM   #1
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i have a kodak dx7630 and its alright for pics and video. but i'm gonna sell it and look for something that has equal pics and better video/audio recording. under 300 and if its a compact, even better. any suggestions guys?
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 4:51 PM   #2
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The one that would fit the bill is the Canon S3 IS, but it's around $329. Does an excellent job in both areas you mentioned. Rated best video of all the digicams. Even has swivel LCD.
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If you want to record more than a few minutes of video per SD card, you might want to consider Sanyo's Xacti Hybrid line, like the new CG6 and CG65 or HD2, they can record hours of good quality video per SD card.
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Old Apr 7, 2007, 9:11 PM   #4
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The Canon S3 can shoot up to 32 minutes of video on a 2 gb memory card. It has a dedicated video button which means you can start shooting video even when you are shooting photos in any scene mode with one click. You have control over the ISO, microphone and stereo speakers, it has ultrasonic lens motors so the zooming is silent.
These are only some of the video features and remember, this is a digicam, known for it's excellence in quality and versatility as an Ultrazoom digital photo camera.
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Old Apr 9, 2007, 10:29 PM   #5
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Caelum wrote:
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If you want to record more than a few minutes of video per SD card, you might want to consider Sanyo's Xacti Hybrid line, like the new CG6 and CG65 or HD2, they can record hours of good quality video per SD card.
Per WHAT SD card certainly not a 256KB

And even a one GBcard at true 640.480 30fps uncompressed a 1 GB card is not doing over an hour. (of trueUNCOMPRESSED NTSC video)
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Old Apr 10, 2007, 11:58 PM   #6
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The key word there is "uncompressed". The best digital video cameras all use compression. Uncompressed video is just way too inefficient.

The HD models will cost near twice the original posters budget. But the Sanyo CG6 will do 640x480 30fps, while recording about an hour per GB. So you can get near 4 hours on a 4GB card. At right around $300 (at wal-mart). And it will take 6MP still images as well. Not sure if they'll even match the old dx7630. But it is compact and should be better for video than a digicam.

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640x480 30fps uncompressed video?! That would be 210Mbps,basically 1.5GB for only one minute of video... sorry but that'snot possiblefor any digicam.

Yes,as kenbalbari said, for the OP's price range, the ultra-compact Sanyo XactiCG6 hybrid is$299 at Walmart, does good 640x480 30fps (NTSC) MPEG-4 video at about 1 hour per GB and is a 6 megapixel digicam. It's a slightlyenhanced version of the C6, see Steve's review of the C6 hybridfor an idea.
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