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Old Aug 2, 2004, 12:03 PM   #1
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I am looking for a very small sized 3 Mpixel or larger camera (the size of the Canon S500) that straddles the camera-camcorder boundary. The camera should have a minimum of 3x optical zoom and 30fps video recording that's only limited by the size of the storage card and zooming should also be possible while recording the video. I think the Canon S1 IS does all this, but it's too large. Does anyone know if such a camera exists?
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Old Aug 2, 2004, 12:04 PM   #2
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Nikon coolpix 3700.

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Old Aug 2, 2004, 12:19 PM   #3
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Thanks, Steve's review of the Coolpix 3700 states "The optical zoom can be preset before movie recording start. " From that it would seems that you can only set the zoom before you start recording, I am looking for the ability to zoom while recording, like with a camcorder.
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Ah, than the pentax optio mx will be the mos compact model doing the job.

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Old Aug 2, 2004, 1:15 PM   #5
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Thanks again.
While the Pentax Optio MX looks very interesting, it's size (the 10x optical zoom) and some disappointing specs in Steve's review will probably make me wait longer or look again at the larger Canon S1 IS.
Hopefully, someone will come up with a lower optical zoom (3x, 4x, 5x) and a small enough size and all the oher features I am looking for.
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Old Aug 2, 2004, 1:46 PM   #6
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why dont you get a Sony DSCW1 or Pentax optios4i - even Steve has it on his Best Camera listing !!
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The Sony can do 30fps, but I don't think it can zoom while recording, (not 100% sure), but the Pentax can only do 15fps and I am zure it can't zoom while recording.

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Hi

How about a Kyocera M410R :|
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/m410.html
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Old Aug 3, 2004, 8:57 AM   #9
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I can see 2 points of concern with this one: 1) it's size - looks like the size of the SLR, I'd prefer something pocketable, 2) the review does not say anything about it's ability to zoom while recording video. I think the Canon S1 IS does that and it's a similar size, no?
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I don't know offhand of a pocket camera that will zoom while taking movies. It is disabled to keep the zoom from making noise in the movie sound.
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