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Leoslocks

Leoslocks

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I just received a new Digital Camera from B&H Photo. I ordered the Panasonic DMC-LX1 (black) model. The camera came in DOA. Nothing, no lights no sound no nothing.

I am begining to dislike the pace that digitial equipment is produced at.

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krupted

krupted

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that ****s man. i just ordered the canon sd630 from newegg for about $350. how much did you pay for yours? i hope mine is ok, yet i feel confident enough in newegg support anyway.

also, does that panasonic have image stabilization? i was wondering if i should have got a camera with that feature, i hear its nice and i always get shakey.
 
AMDnut

AMDnut

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Hope that CS treats you good for RMA.. soory about the bad cam.

Krupted -

Just recently picked up a Canon S2IS from ZipZoomFly for $335 and love it. Replaced my aging Kodak DX6440 which still works well, but I wanted more manual control and.... Image Stabilization! I shake more than I used to and the IS works great on the S2IS 12x zoom lens. IS is really needed for anything over 6x optical zoom. Most lower zooms can take a little shake. The SD630 is a 3x optical zoom so you should be fine with no IS. My Kodak is a 4x optical and it always does well, but the high zooms like the S2IS really show the shakes.

FYI - You can get Patriot 1GB SD cards here ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820241009) for under $25 after rebate. And these are the 133x speed cards. It works great in my Canon.
 
krupted

krupted

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i already got that patriot card:)

the camera is AMAZING. it is so small, and the screen takes up the entire back. it is such a cool camera, i want one myself now.

i needed to get the compact kind, its for a general use sort of thing. needs to travel well, and this one is so small it could get lost! very happy with the purchase.

leoslocks- any luck?
 
Leoslocks

Leoslocks

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I bought the LX-1 at B&H Photo. Great support but a little slow about getting the RMA shipping lable sent to me. $469 for the camera. The body is metal and feels quite well made. (My initial experience tells me otherwise)

The IS on this camera is suppost to be real good. I need a good macro function but was swayed by the 16:9 aspect ration and 30fps motion till the card is full.

I ordered a Sandisk Ultra II card (133 speed 1GB) with the camera but will need several more for the video stuff. I may get some of the Patriot stuff. I am more inclined to get some OCZ stuff. I wonder if the 2BG cards will work in these cameras?

I was really impressed with the way the camera felt in my hand and suprized by its small size. That just served to really make the doa more dissapointing.
 
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krupted

krupted

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that panasonic seems almost identical to the canon elf, beside the image stabilization. i did opt for the 3" lcd model, im glad i did- its a complete 'wow' factor. as for the images, i can take shakey shots and they come out crisp, its nothing like my old 2mp fuji. that old camera couldnt take a clean shot unless on a tripod.

also, the video is nice! 640x480 at 30fps is great. totally worth taking a couple minutes of something, the 1gig card goes for about 9 or 10min.

what resolution you normally take pics at?
 
Leoslocks

Leoslocks

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My CP4500 that just quit on me would take a 1.2 meg jpeg that was quite nice. I imagine I will take 3 meg shots with this camera (tiff) or experiment with the RAW format. The real stregnth of my old Nikon was the macro function. I can't do without it.

Will your camera work with 2GB or larger SD cards? I intend to shoot sove video of my wife batting (softball). She can stroke the ball and I want to preserve it.
 
krupted

krupted

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only claims movies up to 1gb in length, my guess is though it will work with 2gb cards. it really is up in the air though, since 2gb spec wasnt out when the camera was made i suppose.

It does take 10min at the highest quality 30fps, that isnt too bad. it wouldnt take but 10 seconds to change out a card and keep going. at least this canon powers up and is in ready mode in less then two seconds. im really amazed by the speed of everything with new digital cameras. they are really hitting a prime of design.
 
Leoslocks

Leoslocks

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I believe it is the Secure Digital memory spec that wasn't designed for larger than 1 gig cards. I may get one of the 2 gig OCZ cards from Monarch and see how it workd.

B&H says that UPS should have sent the return lable via email already. After the rma gets in the UPS system, B&H will cross ship the camera. I had hoped to get it on the way back last night. As it is, it will be monday before anything happens. *%#@&*#
 
wonderinguy34

wonderinguy34

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Leoslocks said:
I ordered a Sandisk Ultra II card (133 speed 1GB) with the camera but will need several more for the video stuff. I may get some of the Patriot stuff. I am more inclined to get some OCZ stuff. I wonder if the 2BG cards will work in these cameras?

I was really impressed with the way the camera felt in my hand and suprized by its small size. That just served to really make the doa more dissapointing.
Did you order batteries :D {sorry ,couldn't resist}

And as for the cards ,my Fujifilm had a firmware upgrade to allow larger cards.
 
Leoslocks

Leoslocks

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The Battery system was another point that kept me from buying one of the Cannon cameras. I prefer a Lithium rechargeable to the AA batteries. I did order a second battery with the camera. I charged it first only to find the camera did not work. I even charged the Panasonic battery and checked both batteries (with a multimeter) before calling B&H about the doa.

I will visit Panasonic and see what they say about the size limit for media cards.
 
krupted

krupted

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well the lithium battery is what was shying me away from my canon purchase at first, i would rather have rechargeable aa. but i figured after seeing the high-end stuff all uses the ion packs, i gave in. i too bought a second battery.
 
Leoslocks

Leoslocks

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When I was studying the Cannons, most of the lesser models had the AA's for power. I would have gotten one locally much sooner if it would have qualified. I do love the Cannon line and the pictures they take.

I downloaded the Panny manuel and 2GB SD cards are the max that are certified with the LX1. No firmware of any kind was found at the Panasonic site. Not a good sign...

I cleaned up my spam filters and finally got the UPS shipping lable. The camera is gone and hopefully next week I will have a working model.
 
AMDnut

AMDnut

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I prefer the AA batteries of the Canon series. I use the rechargable 2500-2900 mah batteries with a good MAHA charging system. Here is a shot I took tonight with the S2IS freehand out my front door with the optical + digital zoom and image stabilization...
 

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Leoslocks

Leoslocks

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Nice camera with a 12X zoom. The S2 IS looks like a SLR film camera.

What kind of SD card are you using?
 
AMDnut

AMDnut

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:D Got ya! ;)



Patriot Extreme Performance 1GB Secure Digital Flash Media Model PEF1G133SD

The card works great, it keeps up with the buffer in the camera without trouble. My older generic Kingston cards would get to 16 sec. of video or 18 continuous shots and stall.... :(

I still need to do a lot of learning, this thing has so many settings I'm overwhelmed. I'ts as close to SLR as I could get...
 
krupted

krupted

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i too bought that patriot 1gb card, and yes it worked great for me, and it is really fast. just adding for reference
 
Leoslocks

Leoslocks

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The camera came in today. It does take nice shots. It will take some time to get comfortable with it as does all things with buttons.

I suspect the first camera may have been OK as I had the same issue with this one. The instructions are quite simple.
"Insert the battery paying close attention to the direction of the battery." There is a little slide lock that keeps the battery in while the SD card is added/removed. I could not get the camera to power up until I Physically forced the 'slide lock' to engage.

681 seconds of video @ 30fps 4:3 asp or 584 seconds of video @ 30 fps 16:9 asp. This is a Sandisk Ultra II 1 GB card.

I really wanted to know why the first camera did not work. I didn't need proof that I can be an idiot. I have proven this too many times in the past. Still, God looks after children and fools.
 
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