Movies / Sound with Canon Powershot G5

Discussion in 'Canon' started by BoatMan, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. BoatMan

    BoatMan Guest

    Is the movie feature any good on the Canon Powershot G5 ? Sound quality
    decent ? Can you use an external microphone ?

    BoatMan, Oct 10, 2003
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  2. The 828 has a better movie mode than most digital cameras. It is
    640x480 (most are 320x240 or less), 30 FPS (most are lower frame rate),
    and "unlimited time" (most limit the movie to whatever length fits in
    the internal buffer). But you still have to use Memory Stick Pro
    memory to use this mode, and the maximum length of the movie is limited
    by what will fit on the memory stick.

    So the 828, unlike most digital cameras, can (probably) at least equal
    a camcorder in image quality. But the sequences still have to be short.
    The zoom is shorter than many camcorders. And can you zoom while
    shooting? The dpreview preview of the 828 doesn't say, but many
    digicams cannot zoom during movie shooting - something that camcorders
    take for granted.

    Dave Martindale, Oct 11, 2003
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  3. BoatMan

    Bill Guest

    The Fuji S602 also does VGA (640x480) at 30 fps. And the length is limited
    only by the amount of space left on either of the 2 media in the camera. But
    like others, you can't zoom while shooting. For me, having the ability to
    shoot a movie built in to the ONLY camera I want to carry (lazy!)
    better than missing out on a movie completely. But my main interest is good
    still images.
    Bill, Oct 11, 2003
  4. That's likely the figure when shooting at 160x112 resolution, 8 FPS, and
    writing onto the largest available Memory Stick. There's no way you're
    going to get 80 minutes of camcorder-quality (640x480, 30 FPS) video
    onto a single MS.

    Before compression, full-quality NTSC video is about 27.6 MB/sec. 80
    minutes of it is 133 Gb. Compression will bring that down by a factor
    of 10 or so, but it still isn't going to fit on a MS. In comparison,
    the lowest-quality mode is only 430 KB/s uncompressed, about 1/64 the
    data rate. 80 minutes of *that* should take around 256 MB.

    Dave Martindale, Oct 11, 2003
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