Panasonic site claims GS200 has OPTICAL image stabiliazation (HUH?)

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Thomas G. Marshall, Sep 18, 2004.

  1. The panasonic site claims that the 3CCD PV-GS200 has optical image
    stabilization.

    http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wc...PV-GS200&surfCategory=3CCD Digital Camcorders


    Is this really true?

    All the review sites, and circuit city, all claim that it's electronic
    (digital) only.

    Does anyone know for sure? The founder of dvspot.com thinks that it's a
    typo on the panasonic site.

    If so, does the GS400 have optical IS? The 3 chip panasonics seem to get
    bad reviews for their image stability (not the single chippers though).

    Thanks!
     
    Thomas G. Marshall, Sep 18, 2004
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  2. [author apologizes for both crossposting and multi-posting via reply. sue
    me later :) ]


    The panasonic site claims that the 3CCD PV-GS200 has optical image
    stabilization.


    http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wc...PV-GS200&surfCategory=3CCD Digital Camcorders


    Is this really true?

    All the review sites, and circuit city, all claim that it's electronic
    (digital) only.

    Does anyone know for sure? The founder of dvspot.com thinks that
    it's a typo on the panasonic site.

    If so, does the GS400 have optical IS? The 3 chip panasonics seem to
    get bad reviews for their image stability (not the single chippers
    though).

    Thanks!
     
    Thomas G. Marshall, Sep 18, 2004
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  3. Panasonic SUCKS.

    --
    Dimitris Tzortzakakis,Iraklion Crete,Greece
    major in electrical engineering
    freelance electrician
    dimtzort AT otenet DOT gr
    Ï "Thomas G. Marshall"
     
    Tzortzakakis Dimitrios, Sep 18, 2004
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  4. Thomas G. Marshall

    bugsy57 Guest

    FWIW I last 2 MiniDV Cams have been Panasonic and I have been very happy
    with them - apart from some firewire problems.

    I dont have a 400 but do have a MX300 (bought here in the UK) and this is a
    3CD model which does have optical images stabilisation

    Regards,

    Dave
     
    bugsy57, Sep 19, 2004
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  5. Thomas G. Marshall

    John H Guest

    John H, Sep 19, 2004
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  6. Well, I'm equally confused about this as well.

    I'm a software engineer, and I know quite a bit about computer imaging, and
    techniques involved. I'm assuming that the digital stabilization technique
    that they're using is a variant on a "look for the movement delta"
    algorithm.

    But, FWIW, all the reviewers seem to think that the single chip GS15 is
    perfectly fine.

    Hmmmmm....

    I just bought a GS15 from circuitcity. (I want to be able to return it if I
    have to). I'll try it out for a while, and let y'all know if it is enough
    for me, in case that info helps someone else.

    By the way, DO YOU THINK THAT PANASONIC INTENTIONALLY CRIPPLED THE EIS IN
    THE 120 AND 200 BECAUSE IT WOULD HURT THE HIGHER END SALES TOO MUCH???

    Just a thought.


    coughed up:
     
    Thomas G. Marshall, Sep 19, 2004
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  7. Possibly. Many companies do similar things. For example, back when I worked as
    an electronic test engineer, I was issued with a Fluke 75 DMM. My friend had a
    77. The main difference was the touch hold function.
    Place the probes on the measurement points, listen for the beep, remove probes,
    read the value. That way you don't have to look away from where the probe is,
    which could be potentially dangerous.

    We opened up both meters, and discovered the only difference was the location of
    a link on the PCB...

    I moved the link on mine to the same location as his and bingo! I now had the
    touch hold function.


    --
    Chris Pollard


    CG Internet café, Tagum City, Philippines
    http://www.cginternet.net
     
    Christopher Pollard, Sep 20, 2004
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  8. Crunchy Doodle coughed up:

    Well, I have been goofing around with my new GS15, and I'm thoroughly
    UNIMPRESSED with the image quality. That is a TOTAL SHOCK given the
    reviews!

    This thing, though a 1 chipper, is supposed to be spectacularly clear, and
    it shows graininess everywhere and even in a white kitchen with 4 75w bulbs
    directly overhead.

    This is irritating me no end.

    I've tried "magic pix", "automatic white balance", "manual white balance",
    "light on", "light off", and still speckles everywhere.

    This just cannot be happening.
     
    Thomas G. Marshall, Sep 20, 2004
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  9. A number of years ago I worked for a company that made software and
    hardware for point-of-sale use.

    I was looking at some (assembly) code and noticed a few lines that
    completely failed to match the comments in the code - in a way that
    was clearly not just the common carelessness that can creep into
    comments.

    A coworker and I looked into that short piece of code and finally
    realized that its only function was to disable the feature set that
    distinguished the expensive version of the application from the
    cheap version. Clearly the comments were meant to keep us (even
    though we were employees of the company) from noticing this...

    My boss was very p*ssed at us, I might add.

    Gino
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Sep 20, 2004
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