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Old July 26th, 2004, 03:01 PM   #1
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Camcorderinfo.com's official review of the gs400 is on their site. Doesn't say too much about 16:9. I hope dvspot has more to offer.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 05:11 PM   #2
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Did they actually have one to test?
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Old July 26th, 2004, 05:49 PM   #3
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Yes, Robin said she had it with her last night when she asked if anyone had any specific question before she finished the review.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 08:04 PM   #4
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I am also looking forward to the DVspot review.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 08:16 PM   #5
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If camcorderinfo has it right, then maybe Japan got the stripped version: no mpeg4 shown on Pana Japan site's. Robin said the U.S. version does do mpeg4, but does not offer the WB option for fluorescent lighting. Seems an odd trade-off.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 08:46 PM   #6
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But the Japanese get the black version.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 08:49 PM   #7
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<<<-- Originally posted by Patricia Kim : If camcorderinfo has it right, then maybe Japan got the stripped version: no mpeg4 shown on the Pana Japan site's. Robin said the U.S. version does do mpeg4, but does not offer the WB option for fluorescent lighting. Seems an odd trade-off. -->>>

Interesting. My GS400 does not have MPEG4 for sure.

Personally, I would wanna have WB option than mpeg4 (I usually converted by the software anyway) and mepg4 option is on my GS100, so turn out to be okay for me.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 08:53 PM   #8
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So does the Japan GS400 have the option to WB for fluorescent lighting? My GS100 does. I agree with you, I'd rather have the WB options. It just seems strange to send out a cam of the quality of the GS400 that can WB except for fluorescent lighting.
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Old July 27th, 2004, 12:45 PM   #9
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hey amigos, you figure ! camcorderinfo.com pulled, as of today, their review on the gs400- they must have been reading our posts !
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Old July 27th, 2004, 03:04 PM   #10
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Just for the record. I used the mpeg4 option on my mx500 and it wasn't worth the trouble. 10fps choppy crap that wasn't worth the time to record it. I was trying to record my sons graduation so I could send it out to the net immediately. I purchased a large (256mb) memory stick just for that purpose.

Waste of time.
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Old July 27th, 2004, 03:16 PM   #11
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As far as I can tell, the gs400 review is still up at camcorderinfo. I'm wondering if they got a prototype that may still be "fixed," or a sample of what will really be on U.S. shelves next month. Lessening the WB flexibility sounds like a step backwards.

Mpeg4 on my gs100 was excellent - but only usable with WMP - not good for a Mac user - never found a way to edit footage, which was a shame, as I would have loved to drop a couple of bits into a larger video, movie-in-movie mode. I sent a sample to an acquaintance who uses the cam - he told me afterwards he had started telling friends not to hesitate to use it. That said, mpeg4 recording capability is not a key feature for me. I'd rather have better resolution and low light shooting capability - and great optical image stabilization.
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Old July 27th, 2004, 03:29 PM   #12
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It was definitely off for part of the day and it looks longer- my imagination ?
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Old July 27th, 2004, 09:35 PM   #13
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For the fluorescent lighting preset, see this thread.
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Old July 27th, 2004, 09:49 PM   #14
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<<<-- Originally posted by Patricia Kim : So does the Japan GS400 have the option to WB for fluorescent lighting? -->>>

Yes, it does.
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Old July 27th, 2004, 09:54 PM   #15
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Well, then, here we go again. The NA version (and PAL, too, from what the brochure says) are not the equivalent of the Japan domestic version. I wonder why. So many of us who shoot indoors end up dealing with fluorescent lighting at one point or another, and often it's not a matter of choice. Bummer.
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