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.
Ships with a waterproof housing
If you're interested in camcorders, or even gadgets in general, it's almost impossible to ignore the GoPro HD Hero2. In our experience, the Hero2 is the best adventure-style camcorder we've worked with, and the model was easier to handle and control than its most direct competitor: the Contour+ camcorder.
The GoPro Hero2 wasn't a stellar performer in our video tests, but its Full HD video looked just as good as what we see from your average ultracompact camcorder.
Great customer service, nice quality
I've shot over a dozen time lapse indoors and out with the Hero2, both at max quality and lowest (wide angle.) The results were about the same. Decent, but not fantastic. Indoor shots with varying light conditions tend to "blow-out" - brights are white with no detail and darks are lacking detail. Outdoors is decent, in bright light. For short time lapse shots, you're better off with video and speeding it up in a video editor.
Superb picture quality
If you don't have the original HD Hero, this is certainly a little camera well worth considering. If you have the original, then this is probably enough of an upgrade to make it worth selling the old one and grabbing one of these. Picture quality has improved a decent amount, and the extra frame rate modes are very cool.
Decent performer and inexpensive
Canon's yearly refresh cycle has left us with a camcorder that still delivers good video quality while substantially boosting battery life. People upgrading from smartphone-caliber HD video will appreciate the image stabilization and mighty 32x zoom. There's also the matter of expandability- instead of robbing your phone of precious internal space normally used for apps and music, the R40 includes 8 GB built-in, plus up to 64 GB through the SDXC card slot.
Above average daylight performance
After spending some time the Vixia HF R40. Using it to goof around, play with the effects, capture funny and special moments, and to observe what's around you, it is a good camcorder all in all. With a decent specifications, decent performance, decent features and a decent price, it's a bang for your buck.
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.
Strong video quality
If you're in the market for a low-cost HD camcorder but are leery about the quality and limited feature-set of a pocket camcorder, the HMX-Q10 is definitely a solid choice. It's slightly more expensive than most pocket models on the market at $300, but delivers a better zoom, better video quality and a more robust feature set. It's unique "SwitchGrip" design gives both left and right-handed users the ability to hold the Q10 naturally and comfortably.
Very affordable given its Full HD capabilities
Image quality is not quite as sharp as the Canon nor Panasonic and the built-in microphone once again picks up operational noise. The zoom is commendably silent however, even if it's less smooth in operation than its peers. Not a bad choice for those on a budget.
Great quality video
The Samsung HMX-Q10 camcorder is based on quality components and functions to help consumers capture brilliant, clear videos in astonishing quality, effortlessly and regardless of the situation. The new Samsung HMX-Q10 video camera captures video in 1920x1080/60i full HD, and includes an OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) Duo system to compensate for hand-shaking better than ever before, creating a stable, clear video every time - even when walking or moving around.
Suits both left and right-handed users
Samsung has seldom hesitated to try out new ideas on its camcorder line; and we see such forward thinking again in HMX-Q10. The Smart Grip that rotates the display and controls automatically depending on how the camcorder is held is a simple and yet effective solution for left-handed and ambidextrous users. While not exactly pocket-able, it's still very compact and lightweight enough to be a bring-about video camera.
offering superb video quality
The FaceVsion TouchCam N1 HD Webcam is a bit hefty, but it packs a lot of power into its 720p HD video capture. The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 shoots 720p HD widescreen video and includes in-depth features in its software. The compact Freetalk Everyman HD is good for casual Skype video chatting, but the microphone and autofocus are inconsistent and mediocre.
Kodak's new Zi8 bucks the leader by addressing many of its predecessor's shortcomings, while systematically outdoing the competition on just about every feature.
Although our first mini HD camcorder rodeo roundup crowned Cisco’s Flip UltraHD the reigning king of mini HD camcorders, six months can make a world of difference. Kodak’s new Zi8 bucks the leader by addressing many of its predecessor’s shortcomings, while systematically outdoing the competition on just about every feature. Combined with a reasonable $180 price tag, Kodak’s Zi8 now confidently struts it stuff as king of the ring.
image quality is surprisingly good considering that Kodak makes such terrible digital cameras.
The Kodak Zi8 is the best high-definition pocket camcorder money can buy. For now. By Michael Patrick Brady
The Kodak Zi8 is the best pocket camcorder I've seen so far. It hits all the bases and hits them well. While there's still a lot of room for improvement for image stabilization, Kodak has at least tried something, instead of just pretending like it's not a problem, with relatively reasonable results.
simplistic still image photo options
In my Kodak Zi8 review, I gave the unit a poor "star" rating ... but I need to clarify. My primary focus for models I review is on their digital still image photography capabilities first, and then on the other features of the digital cameras, such as video capabilities.
For the Zi8, Kodak has emphasized digital video features, including HD video capabilities. The Zi8's still image capabilities are simplistic, very limited, and well below average.
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