Originally Posted by joepublic
Good question, I'll try this and let you know. I've only tried the automatic modes so far. The Intelligent Automatic Mode (I think that's what it's called) seems pretty good where it will adjust settings based on the type of action and lighting, etc. It also has as part of the face recognition, an option to select a subject and it will maintain focus as that subject moves around. Another feature I haven't tried, just read in the manual that sounds like it could be useful. I do notice it adjusts pretty quickly to chanegs in light and focus. I can't say how it compares to other cameras but I tried pointing it at a dark area of a room and then straight at my computer monitor and it adjusted to the lighter subject within probably a second each time I did that. It seemed like a pretty reasonably quick adjustment to me.
Well, I ran some tests today. The camera is certainly loaded with functions, I read through the manual before it came, but I had to revisit and it will take several readings and several days of practice before I really understand all the features I think...But, the answer to my original question was, yes.
If you go to manual mode, then go to the actual menu and adjust the recording settings, there is a color setting. It ranges from -5 to +5 in 1 point increments. I ran the tests at -5 in manual and auto, the then +5 manual and then auto, and there was a significant difference between the two setups in both modes in terms of color saturation. So, as an actual menu item it changes the permanent setting in the cam. I think they only allow access through manual mode in order to prevent noobs like myself from ruining their videos on accident. Lol... I do agree that color saturation is the weakest point, but I am positive that editing software can be used, as the colors are surely all present, and look very good and realistic to my eyes. However, for most home videos I wont want to edit, I will only do that for special videos, and so I want to identify the optimum in camera settings for sure. If you have a recommendation of what to put it on let me know so I can start there.
Unfortunately I had to wait until my wife went to bed (our Xmas present, but her surprise) and so, with the new limiters built in to the ceiling fans it cant be more than 200 lux in here, probably less. It looked good, but as the focus is color quality I will wait, and when I get better conditions I will upload some video and see what you guys think in terms of saturation.
I will, of course, use my own judgment, but other opinions are always appreciated.
Also, a note on the OIS, it rocks. I love the stick feature to. Without the OIS hand held video in max zoom is horrible of course, jumping all over the place. However, with the hybrid it is significantly better, huge change. But, there is a slight rocking motion, as it occasionally moves as the shaking is a little more than it can counter (which was obviously the design, so that it can be used while walking). But, there is an additional locking function (which also forces improved holding techniques) which improves even further on the base hybrid function. VERY usable.
Originally Posted by bodotdot
Interested to see how easily the video is to work with. Have you taken any video yet? Have you transferred it to your PC? What software are you using? I'm trying to find something with decent HD quality (720p is OK) that's also easy to work with in Windows Live Movie Maker. Any further info on this particular Panasonic (HDC-SDX1) would be greatly appreciated!
I don't think it gets any easier than mp4. I shot some quick videos just before I left work, and then some tonight at home. Popped the SD card in, opened it up with no problem. Ran the HDMI to my tv, no problems. Shot video, put it on my computer and then to my tv in under 5 minutes for 4 video clips, including setting up the HDMI. However, the AVCHD files don't even show up...going to have to download the software to do that, and then learn more.
And there you have it. MP4s should be fairly native, but AVCHD requires a bit more education, specific programs, and time from what I understand. Of course, many low budget cameras can shoot in 720p mp4 files...as many do in 1080i AVCHD these days...but then again progressive has advantages over interlaced in terms of action too...now to bring an ending to my meandering dialogue: If you want HD, surely you cant get any easier than mp4 I think. Unless you have a mac maybe, but surely it doesn't get any easier than the iframe either....samsung has the H200 for 250 on amazon, which does 1080i in mp4 format...but....sorry, meandering to a close.