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I am planning on buying either a HD Camera or camcorder in a week or so and I had a question about optical zoom. I just tested out my dad's Sony HX5V which has 10x Optical zoom and the zooming is very fast (2 seconds) while not filming (idling). However, while I am filming, it literally takes like 7 seconds to go from 0-10x zoom. I want to make Youtube reviews and I am sure some people will just be bored sitting for that long just watching me zoom in.

Is this because this is a Camera and it really isn't meant for filming, or is it just slow in general? Will it zoom faster if I get an HD camcorder?

Edit: Here is what I am talking about. This is the exact same camera I just used. Take a look at 0:18


Edited by ComradeNF - 7/20/11 at 1:17pm
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Could it have to do with the fact that the autofocus/exposure control is continuously adjusting while filming? My camcorder does the same thing, but I never really thought about why.

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No specific camera comes to mind, but if you want the fastest zoom, get one with an actual mechanical zoom ring. Motorized zoom sucks.
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I have the brother of this camera (H55) and Sony slowed down the zoom for filming to reduce noise if I am correct.
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They slow down the zoom for video because most people want smooth zoom when they are recording video. Which should be true on most camcorders.
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