Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 3rd Sep 2009 08:31 UTC
Multimedia, AV I had no plans to write a mini-review for the Canon SX200 IS which I bought recently, but I can't contain my excitement about its video mode, so I had to share. The story behind it is that after testing various digicams in its class, I concluded that this is the best HD video P&S digicam in the sub-$500 price range (not counting digi-recorders like the Sanyo Xacti). Read on for more info, and for some directly-out-of-the-camera samples to download and scrutinize yourselves.
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No zoom?
by Lobotomik on Thu 3rd Sep 2009 11:00 UTC
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It looks like a major bad point, is it not?

I understand that optical zooming while video shooting would ruin sound capture, but then you might not care about sound.

Or it could let you choose digital zooming - with a 12Mpix sensor it could do about 12x digital zoom and still have full resolution; some optical problems (like focus) would be magnified, though, but on the other hand others would diminish (like barrel distortion).

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RE: No zoom?
by Darkness on Thu 3rd Sep 2009 13:26 in reply to "No zoom?"
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It does digital zoom, up to 4x.

We hope to enable optical zooming (audio noise) and other functions as well with the CHDK software, but this is still under heavy development for sx200.

I bought this camera after reading Eugenia's stories about it and it is indeed a very impressive unit.

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RE: No zoom?
by Eugenia on Thu 3rd Sep 2009 17:35 in reply to "No zoom?"
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>It looks like a major bad point, is it not?

It depends. If you are a consumer who shoots consumer stuff, it can be, yes. But if you are shooting mostly artsy stuff, then no, since almost no one zooms and records at the same time because it looks amateurish.

Personally, I don't care at all about the no-zoom while recording function. I am more concerned about full manual control.

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