A few weeks ago, my lead a company to convert some old Super 8 home videos to DVD and so we watched some of them. Among them was one showing me and my brothers as little kids and it was fun watching them. So I decided that I need some camcorder with HD resolution support. But they're expansive so I found another solution: A usual digital photocamera which supports filming in high resolution. This would also solve the problem of the weak battery from my old Sony DSC-P10.
I found the Panasonic DMC-TZ7 (called DMC-ZS3 in the U.S.) which supports filming in AVCHD Lite and a resolution of 1280x720 pixel in progressive (720p). The other technical specs weren't to bad either: 10 megapixel sensor, 12x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer, ...
So I ordered the cam for about 330 € at Amazon and received it yesterday. I will provide some test photos as soon my wordpress doesn't recognize all large images as 0x0 pixel images. 🙂
I'd like to do the same with my new ZS3, but have you found a way to slow the shutter speed in video mode to eliminate (or minimize) the flicker effect from transferring using the standard frame rate, when the super-8 frame rate is 16 fps? I really don't want to have to get a new camcorder just to adjust the shutter speed. Maybe one of the 'scene' settings would help??
Oh, I think this is a little missunderstanding. For me the old Super 8 videos were just a motive to buy a new camera, to make similiar videos.
The conversion from Super 8 to DVD was done by a company specialised on that.