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Old April 22nd, 2005, 04:50 PM   #1
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New Optura 60 has whining sound!! Optura users?

Just took my first footage with my Optura 60. During recording or playback, the sound of what I assume is the video head spinning is pretty darn loud and I would characterize it as a high-pitch whine. The sound is annoying to me during taping (my only other camera was a Sony TRV-45 Hi8 which wasn't loud at all...) and is very audible during playback on the TV.

Is this defective, or just the nature of this beast? I've got 10 days to return it, and right now I'm inclined to do so.

Please give me your experience, whether it's with Optura Xi, 300, 400, 500, 50, 60, etc.

Dan
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Old April 22nd, 2005, 05:23 PM   #2
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Hay Dan,

Well this is not good news. Iíve been looking all over for information on this cam and I have not seen or heard of any reports about a noise problem. Iím sure a lot of people who read this board have them, hope they can shed some light on this noise problem for you.
Any restocking charge if you send it back?
How did you get it so fast? In earlier post today you said delivery was scheduled for Mon.4/25.
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Old April 22nd, 2005, 06:06 PM   #3
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Frank,

It arrived early unexpectedly (a nice surprise from buydig.com). Unfortunately, there is a 10% restocking fee. The alternative, I'm sure, is to send it to Canon for service, but that would put an awfully bad taste in my mouth about a new cam purchase. I'd seriously consider eating the restocking fee and lick my wounds while I save for a higher end camcorder.
One thing is for sure, in it's current state, the noise is unacceptable to me. It's way too annoying to me. (Again, my 6 year-old Sony Hi8 camcorder has a SLIGHT sound during and recording and playback, but nothing unusual.) I have used a lot of camcorders that weren't mine and never had this reaction.
When I turned this one on, I thought, "Wow, that's loud!

Dan
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Old April 22nd, 2005, 06:32 PM   #4
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You should definitely exchange it for another one. If the 2nd one has the same problem, then return it.
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Old April 23rd, 2005, 09:30 AM   #5
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Agreed. Return it while you still can.
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Old April 25th, 2005, 11:29 AM   #6
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Buydig.com's phones are not open again until tomorrow (I hadn't heard there was a holiday today, the 25th?!), so in the interim I went to Best Buy on my lunch hour with a Mini DV tape in order to compare the noise with other camcorders.

They had an Optura 30. I popped in the tape...the Best Buy "boys" asking what I was doing...;)... and the noise was much less apparent than the camcorder that was shipped to me. So, I'm convinced the Optura 60 I received is defective. However, the Optura 30 at BB still had a "whine" to it that would undoubtedly be picked up by the cam's mics, and which is still unacceptable. I compared it with a Panny GS-250, and the Panny was virtually silent (as close as you can come to silence in the din of a Best Buy...)

I know now I won't be keeping this camcorder. I'm either going to eat the $75 non-refundable fee, or I'm going to upgrade to an Optura Xi.

One other thing that really bothered me about the Optura 60 is the incredibly bad low light performance. Having only ever had a Sony TRV-45 (with the "0 Lux" label permanently attached), which got grainy under low light, but still had an image, I was taken aback at how horrible the Optura did in such conditions (a room with a single 60 watt bulb). I didn't try it in manual mode, but my wife isn't going to be messing with any manual controls and she shoots a lot of our home video. I have to say, I always poo-pooed complaints about low light capabilities, thinking people were too picky, but now I see what all the fuss is about. Because I do videotape my preschool age children indoors quite a bit and shooting indoors without extra lighting is important.

The Xi couldn't possibly be as bad in low light, could it?

Of course, the review on camcorderinfo.com that pointed out the low light deficiency was posted AFTER I ordered this thing.

I welcome more comments/opinions.

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Old April 25th, 2005, 01:20 PM   #7
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Hi Dan,

ďI'm either going to eat the $75 non-refundable fee, or I'm going to upgrade to an Optura Xi.Ē

Does that mean if you return it and get another model that costs the same or more then you donít have to pay that restocking fee? If thatís the case then your in really good shape.
You tried the Panny 250 and Ö..what you didnít like it? Reviews say not very good in low light but better then the Op60.
You get more with the Xi (zebra patternÖnice) but the Xi is not in the same price class as the Op60 and GS250 so a comparison becomes awkward.
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Old April 25th, 2005, 01:32 PM   #8
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Hi Frank,

Yes, if I upgrade to the Xi, there is no restocking fee. I should say that I don't have any beef with BuyDig.com. Their service was excellent and I understand that a restocking fee is a normal part of business (and keeps the returns down).

When I say I compared the GS-250, I mean that I only listened to how loud it was when the video heads were spinning. I didn't check it for low light capability.

I should also say that, for ME, the one "MUST HAVE" feature I want in my new camcorder is "true widescreen" capability(not fake or simple letterboxing). That's what made the Optura family, and especially the 60, with it's low price, so appealing. (The GS-250 does not have "true widescreen", otherwise I'd probably buy it..)

I was so happy to see this new product, I didn't wait long enough for new consumer feedback to emerge. I guess it's my turn to be the guinea pig!

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Old April 25th, 2005, 03:16 PM   #9
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Iím pleased that things seem to have worked out for you.
Donít feel bad about your choice of the Op60, on paper the thing still looks good to me. The review would not have helped you discover the wining noise and the only real negative pointed out in the review was the low light performance.

Within the next day or so Iíll make my choice and Iíll let you know what and how it works out for me.

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Old May 5th, 2005, 07:04 AM   #10
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Just as a follow up:
I returned the Optura 60 and Buydig.com refunded all my money except for shipping charges. Kudos to them.

I decided not to get an Optura Xi for now. I want to ponder my next purchase for awhile...

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Old May 5th, 2005, 03:17 PM   #11
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Hi Dan,

I have the Xi. Great cam all around, especially if you have a widescreen HDTV to watch it on. One of the first things I noticed about it was how quiet it was. It's about as silent as you could realistically hope for in a camcorder with moving parts. The motor noise is nearly non-exsistent on tape when recording in a quiet room.

My last camera was a Sony D8. The whine from the motor was very apparent and annoying on any indoor recordings.

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