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#1 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:55 AM

I saw this review.

http://www.cdfreaks....ng-VP-MX20.html

Where does a camera like this fit in today's world in terms of a b-camera for behind the scenes? They really hype it to death in the review.

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Perhaps a month ago I saw an ad for a new samsung consumer HD camcorder that claimed 1,920 by 1,080 pixels, "real hd", for 700 dollars. Does that have any b-camera or behind the scenes applications?

http://www.samsung.c...ome_c1r2hnxh106

My one experience with a samsung camcorder a few years back involved the camera just going black while it was actually running. The camera never worked after that, I think it might still playback tapes.
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#2 Karel Bata

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 09:25 AM

Where does a camera like this fit in today's world

It doesn't fit in anywhere:

Video compression formats H.264 BP
Video capture resolution 720 x 576 pixels

Unless your talking about a behind the scenes intended for youtube, but even then it wouldn't sell the film it's promoting too well.
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#3 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 12:24 PM

It doesn't fit in anywhere:

Video compression formats H.264 BP
Video capture resolution 720 x 576 pixels

Unless your talking about a behind the scenes intended for youtube, but even then it wouldn't sell the film it's promoting too well.



What about the second Samsung link that is claiming the higher HD resolution?
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#4 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 12:42 PM

What about the second Samsung link that is claiming the higher HD resolution?


The trend these days is to arbitrarily define something simply because one can, despite evidence to the contrary AND getting away with it (i.e. water boarding is NOT torture, RED footage is equal if not superior to film, etc, etc). :o
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#5 John Sprung

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 01:50 PM

What about the second Samsung link that is claiming the higher HD resolution?


Looking at the detailed specs from that second link, it says "No. of pixels ..... 2.2M" in the sensor section. It's also a little smaller than a quarter inch, they call it "1/4.5 inch" -- certainly a clumsy bit of notation. But 1920 x 1080 = 2,073,600, so it could be full HD, provided that you don't stop down any deeper than f/4, where the diffraction limit hits. They don't give horizontal and vertical photosite counts, so maybe it uses a non-rectilinear layout, like the Sony EX-1 and EX-3 that use a diagonal arrangement of photosites.

Don'tcha just love it when so called "detailed specs" give you just enough detail to leave you guessing about everything?

But there's a rising tide lifting all boats right now. There are lots of really excellent cameras out there for under $10K. It would be best to shoot some tests on this one and see how far that tide has lifted the little under $1K boats.




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