What is the best resolution you can get from Digital VIDEO camera?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Click, Jul 26, 2003.

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    Click Guest

    What is the best resolution you can get from Digital VIDEO camera? I use
    digital video all of the time & was wondering if any of them had good enough
    resolution these days so that you could just have to take away only one
    camera when on holidays etc.? The video cameras also have the advantage
    longer zoom lenses & stabilizers for there use. Do any of the cameras that
    take stills allow any sort of manual control like aperture & shutter speed?
    Click, Jul 26, 2003
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    mike Guest

    I can't give you any numbers, but I find that digitized video out from
    an old analog 8mm camcorder with BIG zoom is ALWAYS better than I can
    get from my non-zoom digicam in any real situation I've encountered
    outdoors. And I never lose the shot due to shutter lag.

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    Paul Bartram Guest

    As well as a Coolpix 995 I have a Sony TRV120E digital video camera with a
    massive 25x optical zoom, and while the resolution / lens flare etc. is not
    pretty, I have got a lot of acceptable captures from it that would be
    totally out of the question for the CP. After all, it is equivalent to 1200
    mm! I carry both cameras though, because if the situation allows it, the CP
    gives way more detail.

    Don't forget that many DV and D8 camcorders also record stills to card as
    well as tape, and some of these are around the 1 Mpixel range - from tape
    it's a maximum of about 1/3 Mpixel!

    Paul Bartram, Jul 26, 2003
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    Bill Smith Guest

    If it's just the holiday snap type of thing you want, I'd guess that
    many digital camcorders with stills capability would give reasonable
    results. I have a Canon 550i, and though its stills (memory card) are
    not great at full resolution, they print out fine reduced to, say, 65%
    (I've been impressed with the results using photo paper on an Epson
    Photo 810 inkjet), and they're pretty good for web posting.
    Having said that, I'm actively looking for a 3MP digital still camera
    because I recognise that the stills from a video camera are a
    compromise, and I'm jealous of the images friends produce from their
    digi still cameras!
    Bill Smith, Jul 26, 2003
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    Lionel Guest

    Really, really bad. Like about 640 x 480 smeary, poor contrast pixels.
    Lionel, Jul 28, 2003
  6. The best would be 1920x1024x60.

    But you don't want to know the price.
    Jason O'Rourke, Jul 28, 2003
  7. err, that would be 1920x1080.
    Jason O'Rourke, Jul 28, 2003
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    Lionel Guest

    That high? I was under the impression that such cameras didn't do real
    interlacing? (And that even if they did, they'd be limited to 625 (NTSC)
    or 525 lines (PAL) anyway.)
    Lionel, Jul 29, 2003
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    Alan Brennan Guest

    On Tue, 29 Jul 2003 09:16:49 +1000
    Lionel ( )
    They certainly do real interlacing, shooting 60fps for a 30fps end
    product. At the top end they are being used for Cinema and produce up to
    850 lines. The new Dalsa Origin (not on the market yet) has an effective
    resolution of 4046x2048 and an output of 1.2 gb a second. What is
    holding up the commercial release of behemoths like this is the storage
    facilities required, and projection facilities that can handle the
    Alan Brennan, Jul 29, 2003
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    Lionel Guest

    Oh, I see. I was assuming that the conversation was about consumer video
    cameras. I hadn't considered HDTV cameras.
    Lionel, Jul 29, 2003
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    Silvio Dante Guest

    How long until they're $200?
    5 years?

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    Alan Brennan Guest

    On Mon, 28 Jul 2003 21:02:16 -0700
    Silvio Dante ( )
    It's probable that the technology will be in consumer level cameras in 5
    years or so. Even now you can get camcorders using 3 CCDs and giving
    pretty good NTSC or PAL resolution for about $3-4k. But for your 60k
    you are getting lots of mechanical bits and pieces that won't ever drop
    in price. A precision pan and tilt head costs about $15,000 for example,
    and even a lowly tripod adapter plate will set you back $500 or so. And
    that's not even beginning on the lenses.
    Alan Brennan, Jul 29, 2003
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