Pentax Optio MX at Costco ($399)

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by hbaker1, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. hbaker1

    hbaker1 Guest

    This camera claims 10x optical zoom, 3.2MP stills, 640x480x30fps
    MPEG videos stored on SD card.

    Does anyone have any experience with this camera?

    Are there any stills and/or videos from this camera posted anywhere
    on the internet?
    hbaker1, Jul 11, 2004
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    AnthonyR Guest

    Good questions, I seen it at Costco also, looks nice and small but would
    think it's more a gadget than a practical camera for video anyway, large SD
    cards cost much more than tapes and if you need to constantly transfer, it's
    sounds interesting though, would like some opinions on it.

    I was leaning towards the new Sony DSC-100 or other 5.1 mp camera which does
    video also on memory stick.
    Although I would have preferred an SD card over sony stick for pricing

    AnthonyR, Jul 12, 2004
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    leo Guest

    Why do you concern about the video quality from those digicam? They are just
    gadgets which have no practical use. Get yourself a DV camcorder instead for
    real video shooting. Only DV tapes have enough storage for quality videos.
    leo, Jul 13, 2004
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    Frank ess Guest

    I agree: if you want useful digital video in the terms usually
    associated with Digital Video, there is no substitute for a Digital
    Video Camera; I will take exception to the "no practical use" assertion.
    I personally have recorded half a dozen historical events, otherwise
    lost to posterity, by use of a Digital Still Camera's video capabilities
    in circumstances prohibiting the use of Digital Video Cameras. That is
    unequivocally a practical use.
    Frank ess, Jul 13, 2004
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    AnthonyR Guest

    I currently have a digital camera that only does video at 320 x160, and when
    I didn't bother to plan a video
    for a simple gathering, tiny little video clips of people just saying hello,
    are so cool to have rather than just stills on a camera.
    Remember early film movie cameras? They only held 3 minutes of film, and
    people took less wasted shots, yet some family vacation films were still
    boring, lol.
    Maybe less is more, anyway, having the power to do 640x480 at 30 fps on a
    still camera on sd memory can come in handy when there is no video event,
    and you are just taking pictures and then decide to capture 10 seconds of a
    person saying hello etc. after many years, those 10 seconds are just as
    priceless as the snapshot, and there would have been no video at all without
    that power because let's face it, most people don't carry a dv camera
    Although getting them smaller, integrating them with digital cameras, and
    making storage digital so your forced to constantly upload to another medium
    like computer hard drive and dvd, will help more people start to take videos
    just about anywhere at anytime. You must have vision beyond what is
    available or practical today, the future always is different than what we
    think it should be.
    AnthonyR, Jul 13, 2004
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    AnthonyR Guest

    I decided to go with the new sony w-1 digital camera and it does video at
    640x480 at 30fps on memory stick pro, which is a faster version of the
    memory stick. It was about the same price online as the Pentax Optio,
    doesn't have 10x optical zoom but has 12x total zoom with optical and
    digital together, and takes better stills at 5.1 megs, plus it looks like a
    digital camera so people won't expect to be on video, which is always fun.
    The other one looks like a movie camera and expectations will be too high
    for its capabilities.

    Again, this is not for a video event, I do have a DV camera for that. It's
    for simple family gatherings when taking pictures and a small video clip is
    a welcome surprise to capture voice and sound as well as a persons
    mannerisms, that can all be done
    great on a 15 second clip, no dv camera really needed just for that.

    AnthonyR, Jul 13, 2004
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    leo Guest

    Well, I have had several digital cameras with video features but I never
    used it beyond the first try out. I do have a DV camcorder when I am
    interested in taking videos. I have a wide screen HDTV and before I can
    afford an HDTV camcorder, I am thinking of getting Canon's standard
    definition wide screen camcorder. ;-)

    I guess some people are satisfied with the throw back short 8mm film
    leo, Jul 13, 2004
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    PJx Guest

    So they are coming out with hdtv 'ready' video cameras?

    PJx, Jul 14, 2004
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    leo Guest

    There IS already a HD camcorder, 1CCD (720p) from JVC. Sony will have a 3CCD
    HD camcorder. They are expensive, of course. I am talking about Canon's
    widescreen camcorder, already in the market. Not HD but the sensor is wide
    screen format, instead of merely letterboxed in other low end camcorders.
    leo, Jul 14, 2004
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    Tod Guest

    I agree with Anthony. In addition to my three Sony D8s, I recently
    the Canon S1 IS. It has great video capabilities at 640x480 at 30fps.
    Works well for family gatherings where people (little ones, the
    grandchildren) don't suspect that they are being "taped". The camera
    has a wireless remote
    controller that allows me to record without anyone knowing. Of course
    you have to "mute" all sounds, disable the tally light and so on. The
    length of the movie
    is not limited to 30 seconds. You can get as much as 9 minutes on a
    CF card. The cards are expensive ($170) at the moment, but I expect
    them to
    come down in a few months. Another good thing about this camera is the
    optical (tiny gyroscopes) image stabilization. Works great for stills
    movies. It has a 10x optical zoom, so in a way it bridges the gap
    a digicam and a video camcorder.

    Tod, Jul 20, 2004
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