G11 Optical Zoom in Movies

Started Sep 23, 2009 | Discussions thread
tomjar Contributing Member • Posts: 656
No optical zoom then

Steveasub wrote:

tomjar wrote:

... somebody else cited S90 manual saying that only digital zoom was available. I was not paying attention, because I am more interested in G11, but I would think this feature will be the same in both cameras.

I would probably agree with you if the lens on the G11 and the S90 were the same, but I think they're different. So different lenses and bodies would probably mean different motors. Perhaps the lens motor on the G11 is not too intrusively noisy, so they allowed the optical zoom. It's probably not much more than a bit of software tweaking after all - CHDK seems to do it easily enough!

I think they should enable the optical zoom for movies on all digicams. Provided they warn you that the noise of the lens and maybe AF motor will be recorded, why not? At least you get to choose.
Anyway I'm hopeful about the G11 - and saving up!

So there is no optcal zoom in movie mode. Too bad. I think this is one of those features that Canon makes sure is not available in too many different cameras (to make us customers buy more than one camera).

I hope it will not take Dpreview staff too long to produce a review of G11, now that they have the production level camera in their hands. Most of all I would like to see a side-by-side comparison with LX3, G10 and one of the recent micro 4/3s.

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