Camcorder 1st purchase and I'm stumpted with the spec?!

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Oliver Barnes, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. I hope someone can help me out with a problem... I am looking to buy a
    digital camcorder for the first time and have a specification understanding

    I am looking at the JVC DVX95EK and the JVC DVX100EK but the main problem I
    have is which video camera would have better video quality and still shots
    at longer distance (filming and taking stills of animals in Africa for

    1) 10x optical + 500 x digital zoom @ 1'300'000 pixels
    2) 16x optical + 700 x digital zoom @ 800'000 pixels

    - Stills would be mainly for on screen viewing @ 1024x768 and I have 256mb
    SD card.
    - Video to be edited on PC and burnt onto VCD (DV in/out required I think?)

    I am looking to spend about up to £800 for a compact-as-possible camera
    preferably with built-in flash...

    Many Thanks,
    Oliver Barnes, Jul 8, 2003
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  2. Oliver Barnes

    Steve Guidry Guest


    I hope you aren't expecting much in the way of image quality. Digital zooms
    degrade the image significantly.

    The only cure is to get up close.

    Steve Guidry, Jul 8, 2003
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  3. Thanks - I am learning that my initial expectation of using a camcorder to
    also replace my digital camera was somewhat hpeful!

    On the JVC when you switch to 'memory card mode it disables the digital zoom
    so you just get the 16x optical for digital stills. Only problem with the
    JVC is that the viewfinder (not the screen) is B&W and feels like to you
    looking down a corridor. It is also very difficult to keep the thing still!

    - Oliver.
    Oliver Barnes, Jul 9, 2003
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