Still photo camera with video zoom?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Now that still photo camera's are offering better quality videos
    (better than 640 x 480) are there any still cameras where the zoom
    works while the video camera mode is recording video?

    I'm hoping someone can recommend a camera or knows of a camera with
    active zoom.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Apr 30, 2011
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Any video-enabled DSLR will have the zoom active during video. The
    downside is that works by mechanical linkage to a ring on the lens which
    means no controlling it via LANC and you're almost certain to shake the
    camera during zoom unless it's rigidly mounted.
    J. Clarke, Apr 30, 2011
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  3. For a "shirt-pocket" camera, the Panasonic ZS-6 (or 7) shoots
    good-quality stills (and they are 25mm->300mm in 35mm film
    equivalent). It also can shoot AVCHD-Lite or MOV 1280x720p
    video with all the controls still functional while shooting the video.
    Video quality is "acceptable", but not of the highest quality. Many
    other cameras of this and larger form-factor are around that have
    similar functionality. Look up the specs for various Nikon, Canon,
    etc. models. You can also go the other way. The small and fairly
    cheap Panasonic HDC-TM700 can shoot video of superb technical
    quality (although editing it is challenging), and it can also shoot very
    good stills...
    David Ruether, Apr 30, 2011
  4. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I'm hoping to find a pocket sized camera that has active zoom when
    using the zoom function. I can't see why this should be disabled like
    it is one the pocket sized camera's I own.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, May 1, 2011
  5. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Thanks David I'll check them out.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, May 1, 2011
  6. Brian

    J. Clarke Guest

    Take a look at a Canon ELPH 300HS.
    J. Clarke, May 1, 2011
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    Scubajam Guest

    I've had a Canon TX1 for about 3 years now. It's similar form factor
    to cheaper camcorders, but is really a high quality video and fairly
    good still camera (7mp). It's rugged with a stainless steel case.
    It's small; I've taken it into venues where they didn't allow pro
    still cameras or any video cameras, and taken lots of video
    unobtrusively. It's good quality. While only 720p, it has great
    image quality. I've mixed on the same timeline with hdv and mts and
    it holds up well in comparison. Sometimes the colors pop even more
    than much more expensive cameras. The Canon TX1 is no cheapie. The
    stereo mic is very good for size of unit, but no other ports for
    headset or mic. It came out at $600; new now at about $500, but I
    bought on ebay for under $200. Features include 10x zoom (not the 3X
    of most point/shoot); optical image stabilization. Battery life is
    limited to about 45 min, but batteries are cheap, so I carry 3 with
    me. I use 8gb flash cards and carry extras. I have a small Kodak
    pouch that holds the camera, extra batteries and flash cards, and it
    looks more like a cell phone pouch. Cons: not very good in low light,
    but OK; avi files take a while to load; battery life; menu is a bit
    clunky, but lots of options; mode dial sometimes gets changed
    accidently. Being small it's hard to hold steady, but that's the same
    with all smaller cameras. Often when my larger, more expensive Sony
    A1U is in a housing for scuba diving, I'll use the TX1 for topside
    shots and later mix footage on the same timeline. I'm constantly
    pleasantly surprised at the quality of this little gem, esp in
    daylight; colors really pop, more like a 3 CCD.
    Jim McGauhey
    Washington State
    Scubajam, May 1, 2011
  8. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Thanks Jim.
    Looks like you have a very good camera. Like they say if you want good
    quality you have to pay extra for it.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, May 2, 2011
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