View Full Version : "Movie Mode" settings ???
11th of January 2007 (Thu), 17:29
My wife just took some pix of me, clearing snow from the driveway. She generally likes the 'P' mode, and her 'stills' were sorta ...not good, 'cuz the camera grabbed 1/30 of a second, at ISO 100. [She should have known better...]. Then she switched to Movie Mode for a little VIDEO. That came out pretty good with the best frame rate and 1/80th of a second. But as I was looking at the Specs for the picture, I realized I had NO clue 'how' those settings came about. I have never read anything in the manual(s) [S2/S3] about 'settings' in Movie Mode, and I assumed it was a 'nice touch', but still a definite 'minor' feature of the cameras, thus little 'info' about it. I still think so... Hey, want Video? Buy a Video Camera!
Yet... I'm still curious about what causes the various Movie Mode settings, and...are they 'settable' by ME, somehow ???
11th of January 2007 (Thu), 18:02
Yes, they are, sort of. I think (I'm not sure, though) the default's 640x480 at 30 fps, which forces a slowest shutter speed of at least 1/30 sec (faster, since there's some housekeeping to do). You can choose a frame size/frame rate combo up to 640x480, although some combinations aren't available (like 69 fps at 640x480) and durations will vary. But 640x480's about what most (pre HD) video cameras do, and a 9 min. clip at 30 fps is a lot of video at one burst; it can be spliced together to make a longer film if you so desire, so I've retired my ZR-70 in favour of my A620.
11th of January 2007 (Thu), 18:09
Yup... got those figured out. But the ones I'm talking about are in the twenty-three (23) specs that show under 'Shooting Information'... when you look at the Properties... using Z/B. Specifically, this *.avi file she shot was using 1/80th of a Sec at F 4.0, ISO Auto and AF Mode continuous. Maybe 'that's what you get' ...?
11th of January 2007 (Thu), 18:16
I think that's what you get. At the lower res, you won't have ISO noise issues as bad, since they effectively use several sites as a single one, so can get away with higher ISO settings.
11th of January 2007 (Thu), 18:37
Well.... I'll have to say I am amazed at how well the S2/S3 does for these Rinky-Dink video sessions! My old G-1 has 'video' too, but it was B A D ... that's B*A*D.
Hokay... keep moving... They will plant you or paint you if you don't...
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