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Old August 30th, 2010, 10:26 AM   #16
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Hi David,
This is the case. This is fantastic then you can simple load all the files in your edit system.

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Old August 30th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #17
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Answered over in the MRC forum. No need to ask the same question in multiple forums.
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Old August 31st, 2010, 04:28 AM   #18
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I have now just read that the Z7 comes with the memory card reader unit which I was going to buy with the Z5 anyway... This would give me the interchangable lens possibility that was the only thing missing from the Z5 in my opinion. I understand that I lose a bit of the zoom range when compared to the Z5 (12x compared to 20x) but could someone tell me if the widest zoom is as wide on the Z7 as the Z5? I have also read up and there seems to be nothing else that the Z7 is missing compared to the Z5? For the few hundred pounds more it would be to buy the Z7 when compared to the Z5 and recorder surely its worth it!

Also could someone just confirm that I'm switching to the memory card recorder for the right reasons... I quite frequently get small glitches on my recordings (present on the tape) where the image stutters, becomes pixelated and then is a few frames out of sync from then on. Am I right in saying this is an issue with the tape and that should not happen when recording to the compact flash unit?

I'm after getting these niggling points confirmed and then I intend to make the leap and purchase either the Z5 or Z7 later today.


edit: I have just read that the Z7 doesnt have a built in mic. I liked the idea of using the built in mic with a shotgun simultaneously in the situations where I dont know which sound will be best until after I've recorded (wedding speech using a hand held mic and PA for example) i think this pushes me back to the Z5 if this is correct?
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Old September 1st, 2010, 08:22 PM   #19
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The Z5 is slightly newer and so has a few minor features in the menus that the Z7 doesn't (Colored Peaking?) and if I'm not mistaken a few more audio options, and as you noted the Z5 includes an internal mic while the Z7 doesn't. I suppose they assume you will always be using the included shotgun all the time.

The lens on the Z7 is not quite as wide at its widest as on the Z5 (32mm vs 29.5mm in 35mm equivalent). It's at the long end where you really see the difference.

The tape dropouts you are experiencing should be a thing of the past when you go tapeless, but cards present their own challenges.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 07:48 AM   #20
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Hallo all,
That the Z7 has no internal mics is not so bad, then if you want to use a mattebox it's much simpler to turn around a polfilter! On the Z5 this is much more complicated.

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