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Panasonic ZR1 still vs video image quality question

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Panasonic ZR1 still vs video image quality question

I picked up the Panasonic ZR1 from Henry's this weekend and took some pics. The still images look decent but the video quality is pretty grainy.

Here are 2 images taken of the same thing. The first one is from the video mode, and the other is a crop from the 12 MP version. To me, the second image appears much cleaner and the video looks very grainy.

[IMG]http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj21 ... d691e0.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj21 ... 3c4979.jpg[/IMG]

Is this maybe a defective camera, or is this expected in this type of thing? Are there any other point and shoot cameras that have better video (i.e. like the ZS3)?
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You bought a digital camera, not a camcorder.

Are you going to end up over-analyzing this purchase again like in your past threads...?
Deal with it.
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Video and stills are very two different things. It's impossible to expect exact or near duplicate quality shots in video vs photo at that level.

A full-frame DSLR will bring you close, but still not exact.
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KorruptioN wrote:
May 17th, 2010 9:30 am
You bought a digital camera, not a camcorder.

Are you going to end up over-analyzing this purchase again like in your past threads...?
Now now... be nice :)

I was asking this question because the ZS3 that I had seemed to take better video quality (i.e. smooth and no grain) and was expecting the same from this camera. In fact, if you look at you tube video uploads of the ZX1/ZR1, they look much better.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79D1JNGt ... tube_gdata

http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/ ... ew/videos/
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hightech wrote:
May 17th, 2010 10:09 am
Now now... be nice :)

I was asking this question because the ZS3 that I had seemed to take better video quality (i.e. smooth and no grain) and was expecting the same from this camera.
Err... different grade levels? ZS3 is a $450 P&S, ZR1 is $350 and have been replaced and discontinued. They also have different video engines so the quality isn't likely to be the same.
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isn't the ZR1 on special for $199 from Henrys this week?

ZR1 is a 2009 model and has no HD video. so you are just cropping an image from VGA clip?
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mk5gti wrote:
May 18th, 2010 10:52 am
isn't the ZR1 on special for $199 from Henrys this week?

ZR1 is a 2009 model and has no HD video. so you are just cropping an image from VGA clip?
Uhhhh, that is wrong. ZR1 has HD Video and says so in the spec. Seems this is a little known fact since even the Henry's guys say no.
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really? so just motion jpeg?

i am actually considering your ZR1's replacent ZR3, or the fujifilm Z700exr, which both are compact size. but the ZR3 has AVCHD Lite, wondering if the quality would be like yours.

is the ZR1 really small in size? like fit into shirt pocket?
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mk5gti wrote:
May 18th, 2010 1:38 pm
really? so just motion jpeg?

i am actually considering your ZR1's replacent ZR3, or the fujifilm Z700exr, which both are compact size. but the ZR3 has AVCHD Lite, wondering if the quality would be like yours.

is the ZR1 really small in size? like fit into shirt pocket?
Yes, the ZR1 and ZR3 are compact enough to fit into a shirt pocket (not sure you want to do that tho as it can easily drop from there).

It is strange about ZR1 video quality as the videos I seen show the video to be very clean and not grainy.

check out these links and video samples:

http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/ ... x3_review/
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/ ... ix_dmc_zx1
_review/

ZX is the model for European cameras but pretty much the same.

I think for video, go with the ZS3 if you can find it.
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