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Movie mode

Like most of its competitors the S6000fd offers movie capture at up to 640 x 480 pixels (VGA) / 30 frames per second, with the duration limited only by the space left on the card.

The movies are recorded in motion JPEG (.avi) format, with fairly heavy compression; they work out at around 1.1 MB/sec, meaning you can fit just under 15 minutes of 640x480 / 30fps footage onto a 1GB card.

Despite the strong compression movie quality is actually very good (it's always been one of Super CCD's strong points), though compared to something like the Canon S3 IS they look quite blocky, especially viewed full-screen on a television. The lack of image stabilization means you'll need a very steady hand if you don't want your movies to look jerky, but overall the S6000 does as good a job as any camera in this class - and far better in low light.

The mechanical zoom means you can zoom whilst recording, but we found that this often (though by no means always) caused the focus to start hunting (you can't even switch to manual focus to overcome this).

Unlike stills recording you cannot choose the amount of information overlaid on the live preview image. An indication of the remaining time using the current settings is all you get. During recording the time remaining on the card is counted down. You can, of course use the zoom whilst filming.
The only controls available in movie mode are for the movie size (the frame rate is fixed at 30 fps). You can't change anything else, nor can you use AE compensation.
Playback mode shows a thumbnail of the first frame in the movie. Movie playback is fairly basic stuff - you get controls for audio volume, playing, pausing and moving forwards or backwards a frame at a time. Nothing fancy here. There are no in-camera movie editing options.

Sample movies

640x480 pixels @ 30 fps
Duration: 8.0 secs
File size: 8.9MB

Shot at telephoto

Click on the thumbnail to view the movie (caution: large file!)

 

640x480 pixels @ 30 fps
Duration: 8.0 secs
File size: 8.9MB

Shot at wideangle, with zooming

Click on the thumbnail to view the movie (caution: large file!)

 

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