A very versatile action camera - builds on the already excellent Drift HD and adds several exciting new features
I just wanted to make something quick to show the camera in action, and didn't make any effort there to cover all of the features. Most of what I say there applies both to the Drift HD and the Drift Ghost, but the Ghost is a pretty fantastic upgrade and has a lot of new features that I've outlined above.
Outstanding HD video quality up to 1080p
The HD Ghost is an excellent quality 1080p HD POV camcorder - with a handy remote control, to boot. It also also shoots high-quality JPEGs. The free iPhone application is also a nice bonus that's actually useful. Different types of mounts are included to make the HD Ghost package very complete, without the need to buy more accessories.
If you can get over the tricky user interface - eventually you will - the HD Ghost delivers consistent, high-quality HD video and stills.
Waterproof to 9 feet without a case, Intuitive smartphone app interface
The GoPro Hero and the new Sony Action Cam are still the wearables to beat for image quality and (especially with the GoPro) capturing slo-mo shots. But I can heartily recommend the HD Ghost, especially for those who'd rather get outside and start recording than spend hours digesting a manual to figure out how it works.
High-definition 1080/60p video recording
The JVC GZ-VX815 packs a hefty set of features - high-definition video capture, 12-megapixel photo capture, and just plain "fun" features - all in a small profile that will fit quite comfortably in your pants or shirt pocket. Think of it as the better way to capture video and still images than on your smartphone (if you got one of those, you can pair it to the camcorder for remote operation).
Fulfills every expectation, with a surprise extra
I had reviewed the features on several models and settled on this one because of the low-light performance, external microphone plug, audio monitor plug, the ability to grab a still photo while recording video, and long, stabilized, zoom range. I was vaguely aware that it had a wi-fi card built in, but had not thought about how that might be useful.
Excellent value for money
The JVC GZ-EX515BEK offers an impressive feature set at a surprisingly low price. Image quality is good, however it's the breadth of features that mark the GZ-EX515BEK out. It incorporates the latest version of JVC's Wi-Fi connectivity, a host of creative options, and even an accessory shoe and microphone input. The only missing features are independent shutter and iris control. Overall though, for less than £300 it's a capable and well-rounded camcorder.
Interesting little Camcorder
It didn't come with a transfer cord, and it took me awhile to find the charger (It's in the handle, a usb built-in cord), but all in all it's a very nice camera for the money. The high definition files take up a LOT of space, but on Mac, Quicktime converts them to manageable formats in just a couple minutes. No more long rendering times. In fact, when I Export the file in Quicktime, it takes a four minute video about 3 minutes to render for Wi-Fi, and it goes from nearly a gig to 11 Mb.
Great image and audio quality
The GoPro HD Hero is an absolutely massive step forward from the old model in terms of visual and audio fidelity. There's simply no comparing the footage you'll get from one of these to the footage from the originals and, since the design has stayed more or less the same, those upgrading will still be able to use all their old mounts.
Clear video even on the move.
DCR-PJ5E handycam camcorder comes with ClearPhoto LCD screen, which gives you better visibility for both indoors and outdoors with high resolution, sharper contrast and more accurate color reproduction. With such display power, the image does not wash out even in bright sunlight and you can check the framing and subject color tones in details.
Optical image stabilisation
The Panasonic SDR-S50 is a relatively commendable camcorder. At 250, there are a number of decent competitors which are cheaper, such as our current favourite at this level, JVC's GZ-MS120. But the SDR-S50 is sure to drop in price, and it has the edge over other models in its class on features. So if your budget can't stretch to HD, but you still want a well specified camcorder, this is definitely one to consider.
Its advanced OIS (optical image stabiliser), activated using a dedicated hardware button, makes a real difference zooming over this sort of distance.
If you want a good value camcorder that can also take the occasional photo on the fly, the Panasonic fits the bill. The Panasonic SDR-S50 lacks HD capture capabilities, but its low price tag, fantastic zoom, great build quality and the wider angle lens will be enough to convince many users.
Extraordinarily long 70x optical zoom
The Panasonic SDR-S50 has one standout feature: its 70x optical zoom, which experts say is valuable if you plan to shoot school plays from the back row or football games from the nosebleed seats. A CNET tester proves the point by shooting a video of the moon, which fills the SDR-S50's frame and shows the craters clearly.
The sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video
A functional trio of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-SD80, TM80 and HS80 are notable for their manual exposure controls, unusual for their price class, and well designed touch-screen interface but otherwise you can find better options. Of the three, the SD80 is the best choice simply on price.
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