Best very compact camera with good movie feature.

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Schrodinger, Jun 6, 2007.

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    Schrodinger Guest

    Hi all.

    I'm looking for a good camera for under £150 to take to a gig we are
    attending in a couple of weeks.

    Looking through reviews on line, many don't make much mention of the video
    feature. So, I'm looking for a camera that will fit into my pocket and
    produce great movie captures?

    (Sue D's earlier post about the Panasonic FX10 prompted my to look again!)


    Schrodinger, Jun 6, 2007
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    Rich Guest

    Why not go the other way? Buy a video cam that takes stills?
    Rich, Jun 6, 2007
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  3. ? "Rich" <> ?????? ??? ??????
    Why not go the other way? Buy a video cam that takes stills?
    <end quote>

    Isn't that an oxymoron?I have both, a video cam (camcorder) and a still
    camera.As you might imagine, the still camera produces great photos, but
    poor videos, and the camcorder great videos, but very poor stills.The nytech
    still from lidl cost 180 euros, but the camcorder is all but
    cheap 350 euros sony dcr hc-32e and with a generous discount.So, if you are
    interested in great stills but poor videos (poor compared to a good mini dv
    camcorder)there is certainly a nikon coolpix (I think S-600 something)
    around 180 euros and a sony (L-80 something) at that price, too:)
    Tzortzakakis Dimitrios, Jun 6, 2007
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    Schrodinger Guest

    I should have explained my motives better - I have a good video cam already,
    but am primarily seeking a *small* camera. My understanding is that
    technology has progressed in such a way that the video capability on an
    average sub compact is better than that available on a larger solid state
    video cam of around the same cost.

    In addition, the picture taking ability it far better.

    We have a Canon Ixus V3, which takes excellent pictures, but the resolution
    is a bit low (3mp) so I could do with something better anyway.
    Schrodinger, Jun 6, 2007
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    Gummo Guest

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    The Legend Guest

    The Canon S3IS covers both criteria more than adequately...

    Stunning shots and a video mode that puts many camcorders to shame...

    The Legend, Jun 6, 2007
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    Gummo Guest

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    Schrodinger Guest

    Schrodinger, Jun 6, 2007
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    Julien BH Guest

    I'd go with nikon coolpix... Got the L serie at home and it fits the
    job (small and not-too-bad videos)
    Julien BH, Jun 6, 2007
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    The Legend Guest

    I've owned one of these for about a year (costing a lot more than £199) and
    quite frankly it's a remarkable bit of kit. No, it won't fit in your pocket,
    however, it's half the size of an SLR and at £199 one of the best bargains,
    I've seen this year.

    Well worth putting on your shortlist...

    The Legend, Jun 6, 2007
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    Honestly, I haven't used the movie feature on it, but it can record video.

    The Leica D-Lux III Is a nice little compact 10MP camera. It does really
    well in good light but as any compact, it gets noisier than I would like
    when you start bumping up the ISO.

    And hey, it's a Leica.

    Patrick Ziegler
    DBLEXPOSURE, Jun 7, 2007
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Many small cameras will do a pretty good job of making movies in good
    light. My wife's Kodak C743 does 640x480 at 30fps, BUT you can't zoom
    while shooting, and it is pretty useless in low light.
    Ron Hunter, Jun 7, 2007
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    Schrodinger Guest

    I've always wanted to own a Leica. I wish you hadn't mentioned this
    Schrodinger, Jun 7, 2007
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    Schrodinger Guest

    I don't mind the zoom while shooting thing.

    To be honest, the main purpose I am looking is to shoot the sound check - we
    are lucky enough to be able to attend this unique event and I want to be
    able to "video" it for posterity.

    It is more or less a "once in a lifetime" thing and so I would like to be
    able to record it without being too obvious.
    Schrodinger, Jun 7, 2007
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    paulbearer Guest

    Fuji F series, all got good quality 640x480 30fps video, fits in the palm of
    your hand. I own the F30, as a low light still camera it is hard to beat,
    clean useable iso1600 unlike every cam mentioned here so far. Search Pbase
    and DPReview, look at some of the gig shots that people have taken, there's
    some impressive results out there.
    paulbearer, Jun 7, 2007
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    The camera I mentioned, and a 2 GB card should cost less than $200.
    Ron Hunter, Jun 7, 2007
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    Will Guest

    Canon have a small Digital IXUS i7. Lightweight. Good movie mode.
    Slightly more than your budget.

    Else Casio make small subcompacts and have a decent movie mode too
    although it is limited to 10 minutes at a time. Not great in low
    light though. See Exilim EX-Z70 or Exilim EX-Z600.

    These cameras are about 6 or 7 MP altho I wouldn't worry too much on
    a subcompoact about the exact pixel value after about 4 or 5 MP.
    Will, Jun 7, 2007
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    Schrodinger Guest

    Thanks for the advice and thanks to all of those who replied.

    I ended up buying a Canon Ixus 65 (AKA the Powershot SD630).

    Looking at the cameras recommended, I decided that size was a very important
    factor - which unfortunately meant the Fuji was just that little bit too
    big. In addition, I know the quality of Canons is good and the 65 received
    great reviews. Knowing that the ones recommended on here must be good, it
    gave me a benchmark to compare against.

    I bought a nearly new one for £127.
    Schrodinger, Jun 7, 2007
  19. So, it's the digital camera equivalent of a swiss army knive?:)
    I don't know if it's my profession (as you may imagine, I am an electrician)
    but I prefer to use separate tools and not all-in-ones.It's not only pure
    video quality, but also editing, and duration;a mini dv camcorder can record
    80 mins of excellent video and can be edited frame by frame on your
    computer.Of course if the budget doesn't allow it....
    Tzortzakakis Dimitrios, Jun 7, 2007
  20. I don't think that there are *pure* solid state videocams, eg mine can take
    a memory stick up to 2 GB and record 3 hours of MPEG-4 video on it.I haven't
    used this, and record only to mini dv tape, so can't say anything about the
    quality.Since the video cam records images only on memory stick, and it came
    with none, and I haven't bought one either, I can't say anything about its
    still capability either.
    Tzortzakakis Dimitrios, Jun 8, 2007
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