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Old Aug 12, 2005, 11:23 AM   #11
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I can say the Casio EX-S500 is worth it. I've had it for about a week. I really like mine. I had a Z750 and lens error problems. I returned that and bought this.

Superb little camera. I put together some sample images and wrote up a little review.

http://www.redhouseon7th.com/reviews/s500/

I am just a snapshot shooter. This is the perfect camera for me. The size, the images, everything is just right.

Give it a read and see what you think.

-Mike
According to dcresource.com the picture quality for S500 is just not there, but then again I'd wait for another oppinion to really say this for sure. I did compare the pics against my Kodak v550, and definately liked Kodak pics better, I DO like a bit over saturated colors, and the pics were way sharp and way less noisey.
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I cannot repeat the "graininess" problem of Steve's v550 sample movie, on my own unit.

(One of my suspicions is that:
Kodak is not as aggressive as others, e.g. Casio, in filtering out the "noise" of the video, to make the "subjects" look more "smooth", and that the true details retained by not being filtered, are perceived as "grainy" or "noisy".)

Over 2 months from June, up to now, I've taken about ***500*** clips of v550 movies, ,averaging to 1minute each, including fast running padestrians, and cars on the highways (tho may not be as fast as Steve's beautiful dog .

I suspect a SD card speed issue. I use Sandisk Ultra II (60x).

Comrade's mentioning of the Casio Z750's "rippling" problem was first reported by me, on seeing Casio's own sample on ***ITS OWN WEBSITE***:

http://world.casio.com/exilim/en/ex_...y/CIMG4118.AVI

Look at how the windmil body radiates out "ripples of rainbows".
I suspect it's a problem whenver shooting densely black/white stripes.

If anyone doesn't believe his/her own eyes, I can send you another sample movie (taken by a Hong Kong user), ***TEN TIMES*** worse than the above.
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Old Aug 15, 2005, 3:07 PM   #13
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Of the few mpeg-4 DC reviewed by Steve that I have browsed:
Casio z750, Pentax S5z & Kodak v550
(plus Casio s500 in DCResource),

I feel v550 is the sharpest, most smooth, and detailed,
***BY COMPARING STEVE'S SAMPLE MOVIES TAKEN BY THE ABOVE DC'S***
(even tho my own v550 unit seems to be even sharper than Steve's testing unit)

While Pentax is quite close to Kodak, the 2 Casio's seem to have ariticially smoothened the subjects i.e more pleasing to the eyes, but loss of details.


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Old Aug 16, 2005, 2:22 PM   #14
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I wonder why every camera has some drawback or the other, so frustrating! S500 has no optical zoom, V550 has no 'snap while movie' function, finally when all looks fine they dont come in the colour you like :-(
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 2:28 PM   #15
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Yeah, unfortunately no such thing as "perfect" camera, it's the way industry works
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 2:43 PM   #16
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As I said, DC vendors won't bet all their best features on a single DC. They have to have lines of DC to generate revenues. And that everybody's definition of 'perfect" is different i.e. some dream features are useless for the others.
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Congratulations on your honeymoon!
(sorry I didn't read that in my earlier postings)

And if you are getting the Casio z750, be sure not to wear black/white stripes clothes when taking video with it.

You may look at the middle rainbow-ripple man (NOT the LHS blue/black one). He was originally in densely black/white stripes t-shirt. This is a snapshot of the z750 video.
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Old Aug 29, 2005, 6:21 AM   #18
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And Samsung Sports Miniket

http://www.samsung.com/my/presscente...0000180465.asp

- 10x zoom

- writing to SD cards

- but still-pictures only 800x600

(more like a super-slim solid-state DV than DC).
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