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Video shaking zooming in at around 3.8x and 4.8x,
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I liked this camera very much especially the low light photo quality and 24mm ultra wide-angel lens until I received my Sandisk Extreme Pro 32gb memory card and started to play with the video functions of the camera. I found that when I was zooming in from 1x, the video was very smooth until it hited around 3.8x, it was shaking twice, and when I continued to zoom in to around 4.8x, it shaking once a little more, no matter what resolutions I used (1280, 1920, 640). Please take a look at the video. I zoomed in all the way from 1x to 5x, and zoomed out and in several times between 3x and 5x. Zooming out was no shaking at all, but zooming in was shaking at around 3.8x and 4.8x. Does anybody have this kind of problem? I don't know if I got a defective one or it is normal. Please let me know and appreciate any comment. Thanks!!
[Update (4/23/2011)]: Finally I returned it because I thought it is defective and just received the replacement one this afternoon. The only difference I noticed at first is the returned one is "Made in Japan", and the new one is "Made in China". I tried to record video by zooming-in with the new camera and very happy to find out the video got perfect zooming-in without any shaking. But later I played that video file on my computer, and heard some very loud knocking sounds when the zooming-in almost reaching to the end (5x). I tried several times and the results were the same. I listened very carefully when I recorded video by zooming-in the camera, and found out the knocking sounds came from the lens' motor. That didn't happan with the returned camera!! I think Canon must have some quality assurance problems. I bought this camera to replace my two and half years old Creative Labs Vado HD 720p Pocket Video Camcorder that only has poor digital zoom function, so I wanted to use this camera to record video mostly and expected much from its 5x optical zoom. I don't know if I would return this replacement one too. :(
[Update (4/25/2011)]: Found another person has the similar problem - clicking noise when zooming-in during video mode. Because Amazon doesn't allow to post the link directly. Please go to YouTube and put "Unboxing Canon Elph 300 HS" in the Search field. Go to the movie page posted by "whynot7891", and see the comments just below that movie.
[Updated (5/2/2011)]: Finally I returned my replacement camera. Before I did that, I went to the local BestBuy, and bought another one that is made in Japan. I was happy to find out that one is free of problems. Though I still can hear the lens noise when zooming, but it is hardly audible. I am glad I didn't give up, because I really love this camera. It is very compact, fast to function, and creates great picture and video even in low light. I particularly love its 24mm wide and 5x lens. I would like to give it a 4 and a half stars if I can. Good luck to get your one!
[Updated (10/4/2011)]: For your information, there is a new model coming out - Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full 1080p HD Video (Silver). Price is $60 more as today, with same 12.1 MP, same DIGIC 4 processor, but higher 8x Optical Zoom (a plus), larger 3" LCD display (another plus), narrower 28mm lens (a minus), and with more body color options (no black though).
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Initial post: Apr 20, 2011 10:53:27 AM PDT
Is your camera on a tripod when you are doing this? The shaking could be you. I mean that the more you zoom out the more you will notice that your hand isn't perfectly still.
Posted on Apr 20, 2011 11:37:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2011 12:04:32 PM PDT
T. Wang says:
Nick, thanks for asking.
I didn't put camera on the tripod, but I holded it very steadily. You can see it is weird that the video is always shaking in the same patterns. Shaking twice at arount 3.8x and shaking once a little bigger at around 4.8x when zooming-in, not zooming-out. And lately I put it on the tripod, the result was the same.
Posted on Aug 2, 2011 8:09:55 PM PDT
After watching your video, the "shaking" doesn't seem a big deal to me. It is a pocket camera, after all, and you're not filming Gone With The Wind. Always use a tripod, or rest the camera on a hard surface when zooming.
Posted on Aug 3, 2011 3:38:49 PM PDT
L. A. Duran says:
If you are hand holding the camera, the shaking is probably caused by you. The shaking gets worse the more you zoom because you are basically amplifying small movements when zooming. For best results you should use a tripod to do close in video.
Posted on Aug 28, 2011 4:25:05 AM PDT
A. Russell says:
If you watched the video, you can clearly see the shaking is *not* caused by the person holding the camera.
I'm glad you found one that worked for you OP.
Posted on Sep 10, 2011 9:51:18 AM PDT
D. Derenzo says:
Don't feel concerned about the zooming noise. I'm not aware of any digital camera that does not make noise during zooming and auto focusing using "optical" zoom. Its the motor which makes the noise. Seems no one has figures out a way to silence it in a small compact. Some are louder than others. I have a Nikon S8100 and it makes a lot of little clicking sounds when I have autofocus turned on as I pan and zoom it is constantly making tiny focus adjustments. On my camera I can turn auto focus off and it doesn't make this noise, but if I zoom and pan it will go out of focus. Also remember that the further you zoom the shakier it will get and you will need a tripod, even with the best image stabilization. Anything more than 5 or 6 and it has to be held very still. Try and hold a 20x binoculars in your hands and look at the moon. Forget it. lol. I love my Nikon S8100, but I just bought the 100hs to keep in my pocket and car because its so nice and light and thin. Enjoy the camera!
Posted on Sep 20, 2011 2:04:51 PM PDT
thanks for your review, it was very useful!
Posted on Oct 9, 2011 9:45:19 AM PDT
What is the max MB SD card can be used with this camera? I knew from this info, that at least 32MB can be used. Is any limitation of what type of SD card cannot be used with this camera?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2011 12:36:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2011 1:25:35 PM PDT
T. Wang says:
Seems no limitation except for Eye-Fi cards. See page 16 of its manual:
Class 6 or higher memory cards are recommended for video shooting on page 30.
Posted on Nov 11, 2011 5:28:55 AM PST
Christian Lopez-flores says:
Use a tripod!