Zoom, AF and Unlimited during Video - With or Without?
That is the standard when I select a PNS.
I don't care how good it is, if it ventures in the video recording world, and doesn't allow you ro AF, zoom, and unlimited video (decide when to end your shot/scene) then there is something wrong with the design, and therefore something wrong with the vision of the manufacturer's design team
(Unless they are making cameras for my 3year old, which I must say, would be useful to be able to preset the record time just to avoid the situation when the camera is left in record mode and/or for learning curves).
Sorry, but that is the bottom line.
If anyone asks me about which camera to get, the first thing I talk about (if it does video) is if the video recording process will allow the user to (in order of importance):
1) Autofocus during the recording:
Autofocusing during recording, that is the autofocus ability of the camera to automatically adjust focus during panning, tilting, reframing of the shot.
Some cameras will allow autofocus, but prevent the user from zooming during the clip - again, a major PITA. So when little Johning runs towards you from over by the X-mas tree, and shows you the new gift, your either stuck at 5x zoom, or, wide open.
3) Recording Time:
Lastly, about the recording time - some earlier cameras did 30 seconds, and on for limiting the recording time of the clip, for what ever reason.
But any prohibitions on the time it takes you to capture the scene is just plain - well. Stupid to use a stupid word.
I will honor the 5 minute limitation on Nikon's high end D3s, and D300s video capable SLR's.
If you can afford to buy these cameras, and shoot video with them, then your scenes are not rambling on and on and on for more than 15-30 seconds at a time - In otherwords, your editing as you go.
By editing as you go I mean -
(i.e., Start recording as subject pulls up in the drive way, stop when the car comes to a complete stop. Next, start recording as the subject begins to exit vehicle, stop recording as the subject finishing exiting the vehicle, and so on).
So, instead of one long rambling video clip of the entire drive up, exit vehicle, then walk to the house. There are nicely - pre-edited separate clips which can be readily isolated back on the computer, archived, and then incorporated where needed on the video timeline.
Not to mention the reduced file size per clip - and then reduced memory requirement, and processor time to manage the clip when it is referenced during the editing process.
--- Look forward to your review.
EDIT - Mike, I've edited out your web address as it's advertising on your first post and the link goes to a site which sells motorbikes. Please read our forum guidelines in the general section.