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Old Aug 15, 2005, 11:22 AM   #1
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Does anyone know of any long zoom (8x or more) camera that useMPEG4 video feature (other than Olympus C770 ). Thanks.
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 4:15 AM   #2
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Look into Pentax Optio MX4. It has 10x zoom, MPEG4 in Quicktime format among other features. The camera resembles a video camera more than a still camera, so it has all the features you come to expect from a video camera like EIS and zoom during recording.

See the link: http://www.pentaximaging.com/product...mera--OptioMX4

Here is a review in Japanese from which you can download sample pictures and videos: http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/re...12/22/605.html

Pentax seems to view the MX series as low priority product. I am a bit dismayed by that, as I see the future will be hybrid video/still cameras like Sanyo Xacti, JVC Everio and Pentax MX series.

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Old Aug 16, 2005, 4:24 PM   #3
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It looks more like a video camcorder than a camera. Thanks for the info.
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 4:53 PM   #4
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Here's the list if Mpeg-4 cameras provided kindly by Beverly_W

MPEG4 cameras saved as AVI:
Casio EX-S500
Casio EX-Z750
Casio Pro EX-P505
DigiLife DDV-S670
Fisher FVD-C1
Pentax OptioS5n
Samsung Digimax A50
Samsung Digimax A55W
Samsung Digimax i5
Samsung Digimax i50 MP3
Samsung Digimax L50
Samsung Digimax U-CA5

MPEG-4 cameras saved as MOV:
Kodak Easyshare-One
Kodak V530
Kodak V550
Pentax Optio MX
Pentax Optio MX4

MPEG-4 cameras saved as MP4:
Sanyo Xacti DMX-C4
Sony DSC-M1
Olympus C-770 (also does Motion JPEG saved as MOV for 15fps videos)

MPEG-4 cameras with unknown save as file:
DigiLife DDV-S660
Samsung Digimax L55W
Samsung Digimax V40
Samsung Digimax V50
Samsung Digimax V70
Samsung Digimax V700

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And Sony Handycam IP. I think it's real 10x zoom taking mpeg-4 movies, on miniDV tapes.

And I think Sanyo Xacti C and Pentax MX are more like DV than DC. And their zoom is still only 5x ???


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Old Aug 17, 2005, 9:56 AM   #6
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That's quite a list. Thanks so much.
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Old Aug 17, 2005, 12:27 PM   #7
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And Sony Handycam IP. I think it's real 10x zoom taking mpeg-4 movies, on miniDV tapes.

And I think Sanyo Xacti C and Pentax MX are more like DV than DC. And their zoom is still only 5x ???
Pentax MX has been discontinued, MX4 has 10x optical zoom and 10x digital. Zoom does make noise if you zoom fast and there is pin drop silence!! Its got a powerful flash and a super macro mode, you can buy it just for the photos, video is not bad either, in low light its a bit blurry (but unlike a normal camcorder like say Sony TRV27 it gains lot of light in low light situations). Good buy for under $250.
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I had this Pentax camera, it fell down one day (can't say it was a big smash really) and this broke the main circuit, the sensor and some other parts. Outside the camera didn't get any damage, and Pentax told me there was no repair for it. I really didn't like that, was kind of a too delicate camera for me.

However, the camera took quite good pictures, had manual focus, shutter speed and aperture priorities and manual settings, good zoom, etc. Video is OK but not outstanding. However, I still can't believe that it's such a delicate camera.

I god myself a Canon S2 IS hoping I will get better results. This one can record video with stereo sound at [email protected], and as with the pentax, you can zoom during recording.
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