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Old June 19th, 2004, 05:57 AM   #1
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Optura Specs

I just visited the canon dv site. I did a spec comparison between the optura 3, 4, and 500.

There doesn't seem to be any. Except 4 and 500 shoot with less light in nite mode.

What gives?
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Old June 19th, 2004, 08:43 AM   #2
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You can also make a comparison on my page at http://www.dvinfo.net/canonoptura/articles/compare.php.

You're right, there is not much internal difference. The biggest change from the 300 to the 400/500 is one of form factor and ergonomics, and battery type. And the on-board light on the 500 is much brighter.
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The 300, for the price seems like a great travel camcorder. Manual audio control and uncompressed 16:9. I'm impressed. Can anyone comment on the sound quality of the camera?
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Old June 19th, 2004, 07:07 PM   #4
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Jeff Keller of DV Spot reports that the 300 does not suffer from camera motor noise. See his review here. Otherwise the audio quality is 16-bit as most other DV camcorders are; you'll probably want to use an external mic though.
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