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Just bought Panasonic NV-MX8 (£315) - Any feed back welcome

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by Crocodile JD, Apr 14, 2003.

  1. Crocodile JD

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    Hi All

    This is my first venture into the world of camcorders. It seems to do all that I want although it may not be that good at low light level stuff? (Minimum Illumination = 2 lux). I haven't tried it yet. Only picked it up this weekend. Basically saw it advertised in paper, ran a quick internet search and found a favourable review from What Camcorder which indicated that it retailed at £1000+ at end of 2001 and that it was well future proofed with 1.23MG pixel CCD, SD Card, DV in/Out, USB, E-mail compatable etc. and "jaw dropping" picture quality. I nearly went for a JVC gdr3000 for £560 inc. extended battery but it stretching my budget.

    Specific questions:
    -Low light performance good/bad?
    -Any known issues?
    -Did I get value for money (Paid £315 boxed with all original stuff). Including original receipt dated 1/2/02 for £925.
    -Should I have stretched the budget and gone for the JVC?


    Also any info or feedback welcome.

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    You got a bargain. I paid £799 for mine a year ago.
     
  3. Crocodile JD

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    gmm

    sounds like it:D
    I just ordered a spare battery and a 64mb card for mine so I'm all set. How have you found yours. Have you got any tips for set up or do you just go auto everything?

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    Here are some pictures i have taken with it MX8 Pics

    The video quality is excellent as you have already read. I usually use Auto for the settings, it work's well most of the time.
     
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    gmm

    Fantastic - they look spot on. Can't wait to get started. Going out and about over the Easter weekend so it'll be ideal to put it through its paces.

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    Where did you get it from?

    Thank you,
     
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    Gmm,

    Are these pictures stills or taken from a MX8 footage?

    Thanx,
     
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    AAA

    Got mine s/h out of Bargain Pages. Just droped lucky. I don't think you'll get one new, it would have to be the MX350 or 500 now.

    gmm

    I took mine to North Wales over the Easter break and used it in earnest for the first time. On video the results are fantastic. Playback via my widescreen TV is amazing. Just left it on auto. The only thing is when filming toward the sun, I should have used the the BLC function(backlighting compensation). I've tried it since and it really works. So it seems does the low light AE mode from initial trials although I've only used this with stills so far.

    The only slight disappointment so far is that the stills, which look great on screen, came out grainy in the back ground, when printed. Also edges, such as mountain ridges, lookied like they had a digital edge enhancing effect on them, with a visible black line framing them? Is this something to do with having the image stabalizer on or something? It's not the printer as far as I can tell because I had great results when printing images from my Brother's high res. stills camera.

    Anyone got any thoughts

    Cheers

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    I guess you are using the highest resolution, if so, then i have noticed this also. I just make do with 640x480, shame the only options are 640x480 and 1280x960.
     

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