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04/25/2007 10:03:04 PM · #1
I have a friend looking for a new camera. She has a baby on the way and they would like a camera that will take quality pics as well as quality video. Does anyone know of one that exists in about a $300-$600 range?

Thanks for any suggestions, everyone!
04/25/2007 10:07:09 PM · #2
I haven't tried the video on mine yet (only had it two years, after all) but it's supposedly pretty good, with stereo sound. I really like the camera :)
04/25/2007 10:09:46 PM · #3
Originally posted by BeeCee:

I haven't tried the video on mine yet (only had it two years, after all) but it's supposedly pretty good, with stereo sound. I really like the camera :)


I have the same camera, and the video is excellent (it can even zoom optically while shooting video, like a real videocamera). The zoom is also very quiet. I'd assume the newer S3 IS is just as good.

From what I've read, many (maybe most) modern point-and-shoots take good video. The one restriction on my camera is that each file is limited 1 GB. That's about 9 minutes at the full size (640x480) and full speed (30 frames per second). But I've never come close to wanting 9 straight minutes of video.

One feature that's VERY handy if you want to use a camera as a videocamera is a flip-out LCD screen. Makes it MUCH easier to shoot at odd angles. I use the flip-out screen regularly for photography, too.

Check dpreview.com and dcresource.com for discussions of video capabilities. I think it's hard to go wrong today.

Message edited by author 2007-04-25 22:11:12.
04/25/2007 10:14:43 PM · #4
As a general rule-- Camcorders take pretty crappy Still photo's & Digital Cam's take pretty crappy videos (when compared to camcorders)--
Unforntually , there really isnt the best of both worlds out there..

Good news is with that price range-- you can get a really good Point and shoot camera and a really good Mini DV camcorder, just not in one package..
04/25/2007 10:14:53 PM · #5
I have an S2 IS as well, it was my first digital camera, the price has dropped dramatically sense i bought one. its a great camera, and relatively cheap.
04/25/2007 10:15:14 PM · #6
same here, video quality is very good, even in dark situation. I got my camera for $300 off of amazon last year.
04/25/2007 10:27:39 PM · #7
Originally posted by buzzrock:

As a general rule-- Camcorders take pretty crappy Still photo's & Digital Cam's take pretty crappy videos (when compared to camcorders)--
Unforntually , there really isnt the best of both worlds out there..


This is what I have heard as well. I had suggested to her that she get a separate camera and video camera, but then I thought I'd better check here first!

Thanks everyone, the info so far is very helpful. I agree a flip-out LCD is very handy, as we had one with our powershot. I'll mention the S2 IS and S3 IS to her. I'm not sure if the 1 GB limit/video will work out, but it's good to know.

Any other input is appreciated! Thanks, all!
04/25/2007 10:29:58 PM · #8
Originally posted by buzzrock:

As a general rule-- Camcorders take pretty crappy Still photo's & Digital Cam's take pretty crappy videos (when compared to camcorders)--
Unforntually , there really isnt the best of both worlds out there..

Good news is with that price range-- you can get a really good Point and shoot camera and a really good Mini DV camcorder, just not in one package..


Ive actually seen a Still camera do 1024x768 (odd res) @ 30 FPS. WHich is about SDTV res and just about 720P a little taller not quite as wide. With quality Better then any 300 dollar 640x480 dv cam.

When u push out of the 300 dollar video camera range is when u stop getting junk.
04/25/2007 10:32:25 PM · #9
I've read GREAT reviews on my camera as far as video, but I don't use it (I'm strickly a photograph shooter). It's a great still photo camera though. Maybe you can do a goole search on "best video digital cameras". Good luck.
04/25/2007 10:33:08 PM · #10
Originally posted by levyj413:



Check dpreview.com and dcresource.com for discussions of video capabilities. I think it's hard to go wrong today.


Thanks! I'll keep these handy as well.
04/25/2007 10:34:41 PM · #11
Originally posted by Lorene:

Originally posted by levyj413:



Check dpreview.com and dcresource.com for discussions of video capabilities. I think it's hard to go wrong today.


Thanks! I'll keep these handy as well.


Theres the truth right now and they typically provide a 1 fast moving daylight shot and one daylight shot where the zoom is used.
04/25/2007 10:46:32 PM · #12
The new Canon TX-1 may be what your friend needs.
Able to do 1280 x 720 (30 fps) or 640 x 480 (30 fps), with audio, unlimited duration. Has a 10x optical zoom too.
04/25/2007 11:13:12 PM · #13
okay, this is my first ever youtube video, so hopefully it works. This was the same lion as in this shot.' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/581/thumb/432150.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/581/thumb/432150.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
Now keep in mind that the pic could have been sharper (my bad) and the video quality was better on realplayer, but this is basically just a sample. I REALLY wanted to post my illegal concert filming, but unfortunately...it's illegal. Enjoy.

Lion Roaring-shot with S2 IS


04/26/2007 08:20:50 AM · #14
Crayon, I'll have to look into that one, thanks for bringing it up!

Leah, thanks for the examples. I'll definitely show those to my friend. I think the video turned out really good, and the picture is beautiful.

Thanks again, everyone!
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