Compact cameras with 640X480 with ulimited recording times that use Compact Flash?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Lee Chen, Nov 29, 2004.

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    Lee Chen Guest

    I've done a bit of research on this, and it seems like all the compact
    cameras that allow 640x480 with ulimited recording times are:

    pentax 43wr
    fujifilm F700 (and others like 710)
    various sony models, P8, etc
    Canon PowerShot S1 IS

    There's also the Sanyo Fisher FVD-C1. But the one thing with all
    these cameras is that none of them use compact flash. Meaning the
    largest media available is a 1 gb sd card or memory stick. It doesn't
    seem like the 2 gb sd card is stock anywhere yet. Ah, there is a 2
    gb memory stick, but it's really expensive at $300.

    So, is there a camera out there that shoots movies in 640x480 with
    unlimited recording times that uses compact flash?


    Lee Chen, Nov 29, 2004
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    Mike Guest

    The Canon S1 IS uses standard Type 1 Compact Flash. But video
    clips are limited to either 1 hour or 1GB per clip, whichever occurs
    first. At maximum size and quality that's a maximum length of about
    8.5 minutes.

    If you want longer videos, that's what video cameras are for.
    Mike, Nov 29, 2004
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    JB Guest

    The Canon S1 IS *does* use Compact Flash and Microdrives. We use a 4GB one
    for video with no problems.

    JB, Nov 29, 2004
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    bob Guest

    (Lee Chen) wrote in
    It sounds like you really want a camcorder.

    bob, Nov 29, 2004
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    Matt Ion Guest

    Lee, Check out JVC's new Evrio line of "digital media" cameras. It's
    essentially a CF-based camcorder that ships with a 4GB microdrive. JVC
    claims up to 90 minutes of DVD-quality MPEG-2 video (300 minutes max) or
    up to 10,000 2MP (1600x1200) stills on a 4GB card.
    Matt Ion, Nov 30, 2004
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    Lee Chen Guest

    Interesting. The extra resolution that the Evrio adds certainly would
    be nice, but it's not worth $1000 to me. If it were $600/700 I'd
    consider it, since it includes a 4 gb microdrive. But it's basically
    a more expensive (with more features) version of the Sanyo Fisher

    Speaking of the Sanyo Fisher, I really think the Sanyo Fisher is
    overpriced. The only real difference between it and the Pentax 43wr
    is that it compresses the video - and justifies the $300 price
    difference? The Pentax even takes higher resolution photos. If the
    Pentax just added mpeg-2 compression, that'd pretty much be all I

    I know the new Sony DSC-M1 has mpeg-4, but at $500 + $300 for a 1 gb
    memory stick pro duo card, that's simply too much.

    Yesterday I bought the Pentax 43WR and a 1 gb SD card. $375 total.
    Taking video clips of 1 gb in size works just fine. That's about 15
    min of footage at 640x480 30 fps. The one slightly annoying thing is
    that the usb transfer is quite slow - takes around 30 min to transfer
    1 gb. Too bad the 2 gb sd card isn't available anywhere yet.

    Also, others have complained about the sound, and I agree it's not
    great. It's very good at picking up mechanical noises from the
    slightest touch on the camera.

    Lee Chen, Dec 1, 2004
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