Just a small video of Hippocampii (seahorses) I shot at the Monterey Bay Aquarium yesterday. Shot with a Canon SX200 IS digicam, handheld. I had to throw away quite a few shots since the camera doesn’t do well in low light conditions. Also, focusing close was an exercise in patience. At the end, I had to transcode to Cineform to edit too (otherwise Vegas would crash with so many MOV h.264 files thrown at it). Other than that, the camera offered more image options and better quality than other digicams we had with us (a Panasonic TZ5). HD version and .mp4 HD download here.


kent noble wrote on June 29th, 2009 at 4:58 PM PST:

I have this camera. I bought it after your review and I am happy with the purchase. My question to you is, if Vegas is not the program to edit h.264 files what are you going to use? Was there something specific about the SX 200 files that was causing the problems? Thanks!

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Eugenia wrote on June 29th, 2009 at 5:47 PM PST:

Vegas is simply not optimized to edit digicam/digirecorder formats. It crashes and burns before too long. You must use proxy files, or the better choice is to buy Cineform NeoSCENE and transcode the files to the visually lossless Cineform intermediate format. Then, it edits well. Most people with a Canon 5D and Vegas do that too.

kent noble wrote on June 29th, 2009 at 9:21 PM PST:


Peter wrote on June 30th, 2009 at 2:31 AM PST:

I am also thinking of buying this camera. I have been reading reviews (including yours) and it seems to be good for what I am looking for.
This video is very impressive!

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