"Great cam!"on by ro7477
Pros - SD card is awesome
- outdoor shooting is great
- zooming is fantastic (provided you use a tripod)
- so small it fits into my pocket!
- great battery life and no noise
Cons - cam is not the best at night
Summary Hey guys, so you all have heard it all by now on here. Let me give you a few tips on how to use this cam (based on the cons i have read on here).I just finish an extensive overseas trip with this cam. a lot of heat has been aimed at this cameras performance at night - well you can judge for yourself. here is a video i just shot - with no/low lights, its a aviation videos so we are in motion. You be the judge - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkNAmwcE1dQ
- zooming is unpredictable some say on here. well, i am not sure if they know that you can change the soeed setting of the zoom. set it to 3 and you'll be fine!
- to get better image quality - turn the image stabilization off (the outdoor image is sharp but just in case you need that little push over the cliff)
- everyone says the videos grainy at night. that is correct - but, why do you think we spend $5000 or more each time we plan an indoor shoot for a wedding/professional shoot etc? there is a reason for spending so much cash for lighting, right? so, get on with the program and dont be complaining.
i use this cam for vacation/travel videos - this is the best fit for what we need. love it
Updated on Jul 16, 2009
Pros Great stable zoom,3 hour battery life,well made.Canon tech support
Cons no threads to attach lens filter,editing sortware supplied not the best. Get your own
Summary Tried theCanon DC 330 miniDVD. Also great camera.Same price $300. Then tested Canon FS 100! Same innards as Dc330 but much smaller and convenient! Quality on my monitor is excellent.The steps getting the vid out of the camera and onto the computer are alot less than tape/DVD based camcorders. I was nervous about editing the .mod files they put out. I have Adobe Premier Elements, Ulead Video Studio 11 Plus and they work great. Do a quick search on how to work with the .mod files these flash camera put out. Simple as renaming them .meg or mpeg. SDcopy is popular. In Adobe Premier Elements for example. I read the SD card with card reader. I open up Adobe. I drag the .Mod file to the project table then right click the movie in the table ,5th down is interpete footage then click on conform to then chose wide. Will play letterbox format for you to edit.
Canon left off threads to attach a protective filter!
If ANYTHING gets down there the camcorder is ruined.
This works for me.
Bought at Best Buy. UV filter by
Sunpack. $10. 34mm/37. Shipping tape or scotch tape will secure it to the camera just fine. Just be sure smear,dust,water is not on the filter. Will show up on your vid.
Pros 37x zoom, ease of use, cheap, decent video quality, mic in, great design, batterylife
Cons slightly washed out colors, no optical zoom, bad low light condition
Summary For a regular user, this camera is great. It doesn't compare to HD camcorders, but for $300, it's the best deal. I'm just going to highlight my thoughts into random sentences.
Colors are washed out if not in sunlight. 37x zoom is great and sharp, but WILL be unstable without a tripod. Zoom toggle is flimsy. Easy to edit with a PC (get sdcopy). Video light is pretty crappy. Menu navigation is easy. Battery life is great, up to 3hrs. audio is pretty good.
The stuff i do is for youtube and i used mr. divx to convert my files and the quality is superb, the best quality/compression I've found on the internet and i was looking and testing for days.
Pros Idiot-proof setting, easy to navigate menus
Cons .mod video format - horrible
Summary Requires the third-party software (included) to do anyhting with your movies. Software is NOT Macintosh compatible!!!
Pros Ease of use. Battery life. Zoom. Price. Size
Cons None so far. If you want to be very picky then the location of the power button
Summary I've got a Sony mini dvd, takes a great picture, sound is great, but needed a longer zoom and converting it to regular dvd was an absolute chore. This is so easy it's unbelievable. I put the card in my card reader, drag n drop. Double click on the video and there it is. It seemed to me when I converted the files from Sony I lost quality, not hear. An item to mention, it's got a big zoom, use a tripod when you are at full zoom otherwise you'll notice your recording movements. A great buy! I'm really wow'd by it!