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Getting a compact for mostly video (thinking Canon SD780)?

 
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Jun 23, 2009 15:14 |  #1

Hi guys, I need your expertise.
I'm thinking of getting a compact that I can carry in my pocket ALWAYS. I would use it for shooting mostly hd video whenever the mood strikes, so the tiny Powershot SD780 seems to be a logical choice.

Is there anything else that I should consider for the same price?


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Jun 23, 2009 15:20 |  #2

I would recommend the SD960. It has a wider angle lens, larger screen, and a bit sharper lens than the 780. It is only a tiny bit bigger and still very pocketable.

The 970 has a bit longer lens if that is more your style.

Also, the Sony w290 is a great option and has better specs and price than any of the Canon HD offerings, but requires silly Sony memory cards.

The ultimate is the Panasonic ZS3 - 25mm wideangle, 12x zoom, zoom during video, AVCHD compression, etc, but it is $400 and not quite as small.


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Jun 23, 2009 16:03 |  #3

tkbslc wrote in post #8160980 (external link)
I would recommend the SD960. It has a wider angle lens, larger screen, and a bit sharper lens than the 780. It is only a tiny bit bigger and still very pocketable.

The 970 has a bit longer lens if that is more your style.

Also, the Sony w290 is a great option and has better specs and price than any of the Canon HD offerings, but requires silly Sony memory cards.

The ultimate is the Panasonic ZS3 - 25mm wideangle, 12x zoom, zoom during video, AVCHD compression, etc, but it is $400 and not quite as small.

Thanks for the rundown. My budget is limited, so the Panasonic is probably out... Sony memory cards are a no-no as well, but I wonder if there is an adapter I could use to utilize my SDHC cards?


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Jun 23, 2009 16:09 |  #4

Rocktoe wrote in post #8161231 (external link)
but I wonder if there is an adapter I could use to utilize my SDHC cards?

Sadly, no.


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Jun 23, 2009 16:15 |  #5

tkbslc wrote in post #8161256 (external link)
Sadly, no.

Oh well, no Sony for me then. ;)


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Jun 23, 2009 16:59 as a reply to  @ Rocktoe's post |  #6

I don't know if I would benefit of any SD970/980 features over SD780 since none of the cameras allow zoom during video. I think that all extra zoom range might go to waste in my use. :confused:


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Jun 24, 2009 22:41 as a reply to  @ Rocktoe's post |  #7

I waited awhile to figure out which camera I'd like to use for HD video yet have it be compact etc... anyhow.. I ended up buying the 780is and i love it.. for its price and what it does.. its amazing... maybe not as sharp as my Rebel T1i but the lens is sooooooo small.. i just sharpen the video in software and its great... you can see some of my sd780is videos here on my Vimeo page:

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Jun 25, 2009 01:53 |  #8

StephenJames wrote in post #8170177 (external link)
I waited awhile to figure out which camera I'd like to use for HD video yet have it be compact etc... anyhow.. I ended up buying the 780is and i love it.. for its price and what it does.. its amazing... maybe not as sharp as my Rebel T1i but the lens is sooooooo small.. i just sharpen the video in software and its great... you can see some of my sd780is videos here on my Vimeo page:

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Looks pretty darn great! Which software do you use? :eek:


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Jun 25, 2009 02:28 as a reply to  @ Rocktoe's post |  #9

I used Vegas Pro 9.0.. just added a tad bit of sharpening, and some Hue/Sat and Brightness Contrast.. very easy... you can download a free trial at the http://www.sonycreativ​esoftware.com (external link) web site

I'm currently working on a longer series of videos shot entirely with the sd780is... and wow.. i just love how this camera creates colours.. its fantastic.

I'm used to using higher end DSLRs (5D, 50D, etc) and even the still photos from this point and shoot are very beautiful colour-wise. Only thing I don't like about the camera is that if you pixel-peep the 12mp images, you'll be disappointed... the images appear grainy/muddy. But even still, I've printed 8x11 photos and you can't see any of that... so it doesn't bother me that much.

Again, for the price, you can't go wrong... just be sure to get an 8gb or 16gb card and extra battery... if doing video.. it eats up space and consumes power rapidly.


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