More of a novelty than useful
So, while the video and picture quality are good, the projector works, but isn't that great, the wonky menus and slideshow modes, and the troubles you have to go through to get a viewable projected image, I feel this unit is "ok". It does what it's supposed to, but has a number of drawbacks that keep this from being a truly "wow" product that you'd be proud to have. It might draw some envy at first, but it's usability flaws will quickly outweigh the novelty with regular or repeated use.
Colour trailing from projector
The over-eagerness of the camcorder's brightness adjustment together with the colour smearing issues with the projector ensure that the CP45 should not be considered a replacement for separate dedicated camcorder and "big screen" solutions. But that's not really the point.
Treasure-trove of multimedia fun
3M hasn't just squeezed two different gadgets into one tiny box with the CP45. It's actually squeezed two well-specified different gadgets in there a fact that ensures that rather than just being another pint-sized gimmick, the CP45 is instead a genuinely useful and great value device that even manages to straddle the usually unassailable family and business divide.
Hybrid camcorder and LED projector
As an example of compact engineering, the CP45 is undeniably impressive. But it's not a whizz bang buy. Many of us will already have comparable functionality in our phones, making only the LED projector element a novelty. However road warriors who need to deliver video presentations on the move may find it easier to justify the expense, but if video capture isn't an issue, they may be better off looking at 3M's MPro range.
Cute little underwater digital video camera
The video is decent, though it does suffer when there is a lack of lighting. The microphone does pick up some sound while in the housing. If you make any sort of noise through your snorkel it'll pick it up, it'll pick up your breathing through the regulator and it'll pick up swishing noises from the water.
Clear, sharp videos for a compact
The Samsung HMX-W200 is a great example of a camcorder that wildly exceeded our expectations. We expected average results from the camcorder, but instead we got a video performance that rivals the best we've seen from a model that costs under $200. Yes, the camcorder has some design flaws and interface problems, but its success in our video performance tests overshadowed those minor faults.
Records in full 1080/30p or 720/30p high definition
The Samsung W200 is a rugged pocket camcorder and still camera designed to offer high definition video capturing with a resistance to the elements. Capable of shooting with its full 1080p resolution up to 3 meters underwater, and automatically calibrating optimal brightness and clarity using its Aqua Mode, the W200 also offers protection from shock, dirt, and snow.
Excellent in low light
The Samsung W200 is not an earth-shattering innovation in camcorder technology. In many respects its merely another waterproof pocket Internet model. But it does have significant abilities in key areas. In particular, its large back-side illuminated CMOS sensor ensures excellent performance in low light, and there's an Aqua filter available, too, so that shooting underwater isn't spoiled by discolouration.
No manual controls at all
So, is Samsung's "multi-proof" W200 worth its weight in underwater memories? It's tough to say, but we're leaning "yes." $150 is dirt cheap in this category, particularly for a device this small. The 1080p underwater video mode is leaps and bounds better than the VGA mode we saw on the D10 just two years ago, and underwater stills also turned out remarkably well.
Waterproof, shockproof and dustproof
With impressive video quality in most tests, the Samsung HMX-W200 edges out other pocket camcorders -- although it does have some drawbacks. Like most of the latest mini-camcorders, the W200 can shoot in full 1080p high definition, snap still photos, and has an HDMI port (you have to supply your own cable) so you can hook it directly up to your HDTV.
Pocket-sized waterproof mini Full HD camcorder
Here's a great gadget for taking on short trips where you want basic video and stills, though whether it's any better than a smartphone is a moot point. The latter is cancelled-out by the W200's rugged 'multi-proof' build and underwater option, though we're not sure that's enough given its fairly average stills and video. Still, we love its rugged build and usability, as well as its quick-draw operation.
Good feature set
If you need a more sophisticated alternative to the Flip, the Kodak PlayTouch is worth a look. It's not quite as easy to use, but that's a trade-off you'll make to get a few extra features, such as color modes and multiple resolution choices. It offers excellent video quality and a responsive touch-screen and does much to solidfy Kodak's reputation as a leading pocket camcorder vendor.
We loved the compact design, ease of use, connectivity options, ability to extract still photos, and the jack for an external microphone. We were also impressed with the fact that Kodak included the HDMI cable. They would, however, have been better off putting that extra money into the build of the device.
The Toshiba Camileo B10 has a few more features than many pocket Internet camcorders, particularly the fun time lapse and slow motion options, but image quality is decidedly mediocre. Fortunately, the pricing is also middling at under Â£100. So whilst this isn't a particularly groundbreaking model, with nothing to single it out for special attention from the crowd, it is at least good value.
Subpar low-light performance
If the Camileo B10 were more solidly built, and would simply start up each time we pressed the Power button, we'd have considered it a good choice for budget-minded people who do a lot of full-light shooting. As is, we think most shoppers should give it a pass. If you are thinking of buying this camcorder, make sure you get a solid money-back guarantee and put this unit through its paces during the refund period.
Good choice for budget-minded people
If the Toshiba Camileo B10 were more solidly built, and would simply start up each time we pressed the Power button, we'd have considered it a good choice for budget-minded people who do a lot of full-light shooting. As is, we think most shoppers should give it a pass. If you are thinking of buying this camcorder, make sure you get a solid money-back guarantee and put this unit through its paces during the refund period.
Full HD resolution
The pocket Internet camcorder phenomenon felt like a passing fad when it first arrived, and there's no doubt it will be consumed by smartphones sooner or later. But, for now, the devices are developing, and gaining new features to improve the quality of point-and-shoot instant Internet upload videomaking. With its touch-exposure, image stabilisation and Full HD resolution, the JVC PICSIO GC-FM2 is currently the most fully featured pocket Internet camcorder on the market.
Easy to use
The impression given by the JVC GC-FM2 is that this is a product that has been engineered to hit a certain budget price point, and look a certain way, rather than innovate in its own right. But so what? It's fun despite its limitations of noisy video and blurry stills, and will be a hit with kids as well as adults. Incidentally, for extreme sports fans, a waterproofed version in the GC-WP10 is currently available at a suggested retail price of £229.99.
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