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Movie Mode Camera - Tx1 vs. Ex-V8 vs. TZ5 ??
So I think I have narrowed down my choices between a point and shoot with video capability. As a little background ( I posted a question before but will refresh), I currently own a Panasonic DmZ-50, and am really happy with it, but it's a little too big. My wife and I are expecting our first child late this summer, and I want something to always be able to have with me, something smaller than the FZ50, which pretty much requires me to have a bag all the time, and definitley unable to put in my pocket. I also own a Sony A200 DSLR and a Panasonic GS500 camcorder, so for very important things, I can use them. But I want something always on me for those spur of the moment things..

I really want a 16:9 capable video, which is why I think I have it narrowed down to these three cameras. The basics are good to ok pictures, usuable to show people, and good video, again serviceable in a 16:9 capability. I'm very happy with the quality of the FZ50, I just wish it was smaller..

I think the biggest thing I have to do is actually try them out in person (ex. TX1 - seems possibly difficult to handle). With that in mind, I still value the forums opinions. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on these cameras, and also maybe any I forgot or should look into? I appreciate the help...

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Oh, and I guess I should mention that obviously I can afford all three of these, as I will be selling off my FZ50, however, price still plays a big part, since with any left over money I can use it on memory cards ,etc, or put it to my other cameras. If the price difference is worth the difference, then I'm in for it. If not, I'll save some money...

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The TZ5 is the obvious choice and does everything pretty well. I doubt you'd be disappointed with it..

The Canon is an odd device. It didn't really take off, because it was by all accounts awkward to handle. It also lacks the wide-angle lens and huge screen of the TZ5. I'd approach it with care..

The Casio is probably better than you'd think, but only worth getting over the TZ5 if you think the TZ5 is too big for you. It'd be a shame to give up the TZ5's features though..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

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I bought TX1 for this reason and it's telezoom (which supplements nicely my other Camera Sony R1). It has the best movie mode among the three and has ultra-compact metal body which also packs in swivel LCD (imagine trying shooting a toddler without it). Wide angle is not such a need for baby's movie clips as you would try to shot them candidly..

The IQ is good enough and you can extend it's capability (unlocking RAW, A/S priority etc.) by installing CHDK firmware. However you must buy the fastest card available (120x or above) to shoot movies at highest resolution..

Casio's lens suffers from corner softness and reliability is questionable. Instead Samsung i85 (http://www.dpreview.com/news/0707/07073001samsungi85.asp#specs) might be better than Casio. Samsung cameras (NV series, I series) allow pausing during recording.TZ5 is larger and you won't find it convenient to carry along..

Waltz41 wrote:.

My wife and I areexpecting our first child late this summer, and I want something toalways be able to have with me, something smaller than the FZ50,which pretty much requires me to have a bag all the time, anddefinitley unable to put in my pocket..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

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Thanks for the replies. I went out tonight to a few stores to see if I could 'handle' these cameras in person...only one store had the TZ5, couldn't find the TX1 or the V8 anywhere. I really want to at least see the TX1 in person before I make any decision, but that might not be a reality.......

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The handling issue is relevant to "taking photo". Movie controls are as normal as they go. On the back of camera. A few days of handling has made me use it like any other camera. Any new camera normally requires some handling compromises. And it is worth it for the price it is going..

One more thing: It eats up battery fairly quickly. So buy 1-2 spare alongwith it (cheaply available from Ebay)..

Waltz41 wrote:.

Thanks for the replies. I went out tonight to a few stores to see ifI could 'handle' these cameras in person...only one store had theTZ5, couldn't find the TX1 or the V8 anywhere. I really want to atleast see the TX1 in person before I make any decision, but thatmight not be a reality......

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

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Waltz41 wrote:.

So I think I have narrowed down my choices between a point and shootwith video capability. As a little background ( I posted a questionbefore but will refresh), I currently own a Panasonic DmZ-50, and amreally happy with it, but it's a little too big. My wife and I areexpecting our first child late this summer, and I want something toalways be able to have with me, something smaller than the FZ50,which pretty much requires me to have a bag all the time, anddefinitley unable to put in my pocket. I also own a Sony A200 DSLRand a Panasonic GS500 camcorder, so for very important things, I canuse them. But I want something always on me for those spur of themoment things.I really want a 16:9 capable video, which is why I think I have itnarrowed down to these three cameras. The basics are good to okpictures, usuable to show people, and good video, again serviceablein a 16:9 capability.

TX1 - seems possibly difficult to handle). With that inmind, I still value the forums opinions. I was wondering if anyonehas any suggestions on these cameras, and also maybe any I forgot orshould look into? I appreciate the help..

For my needs, I am about 98% sure I'll get a Canon S5 IS. Its built on a dslr style which gives me better handholding for better balance.The movie function on the S2 was good(I even have a Youtube video shot almost 2 years ago during a wedding reception, http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=3J3VCalKv_0#GU5U2spHI_4 the sound is bad because I was 8 inches from the speakers) so I think the video on the S5 is at least as good as the S2. also I was pleased with the IQ of my S2..

25 years as a freelancer,(news,magazine, wedding photography) camera equip. over the years: Practica MLT, Canon A1, Minolta 9xi, 7xi, Dimage Z1,Fuji 5200,Canon S2,Pentax K100D,Olympus 380(see my Z1 shots at http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v104/Buckl/ the COMMUNITY album was done with the Z1, and most of the photos in the album:Other were w/the Z1)..

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