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.
Good video camera for me
This video camera is perfect for me and my use for family and travel video recordings. I found the HD quality quite good, even in low light. I did not detect any graininess indoors and of course all outdoor videos were quite sharp and color true. I took video of some cranes walking around in the yard with the zoom and it was crystal clear, really beautiful. You could see the birds' eyes and feathers sharply.
Tethers to a laptop for live content streaming
Zoom products can deliver pro-quality audio at hobbyist prices. The gear is solid. That said, the video on this device is comparable to what an iPhone shootsâ??but with a brief run time and an awkward grip. The better bet for this brand for a novice is to skip the video entirely to use the $100, audio-only H1. Some pro videographers are already capturing great audio with a Zoom H4n.
More hype then substance
The camera is easy to use and configuring via computer is great. However the wifi modules is about useless. First the battery dies quickly then there is the apps support. The Android app was just released and didn't work at all. The iOS app is about 15% functional. It keeps saying I need to update the firmware on my camera which I have already done. Another annoying issue is you can't record while you charge the battery.
Great when it records
So I've had the Ego for a couple months now. I could never get it to update the firmware when I got it. first irritation. But it's dealable. The recording is great when it actually records. I never do the still shot's so I don't have anything to say about that. The built in WiFi is amazing and works great with the standard 1 - 2 second lag. Sound is amazing. The build quality is great I love the standard 1/4" thread I've made several mounts for my bike.
Good-looking design, 60fps mode
The Liquid Image Ego is just about the cutest action camcorder we've used. And with the ability to shoot at 1080p or at 60fps, it's not a bad performer too. Unlike many at the price, it also hooks up to your iPhone or Android phone using its own Wi-Fi hotspot. The only issue is that it's not fully waterproof, so you'll need to acquire a separate casing if you want to use it for scuba diving.
Small, light and attractive, Easy to use
The Ego looks great and is incredibly simple to use and its compact size leaves you to enjoy your exploits without worrying what the camera is up to. Accessories are thin on the ground at the moment and for full waterproof capabilities you'll need to track down the dedicated waterproof casing. The picture and video quality isn't out of this world either, but we really liked its Wi-Fi feature and phone integration and based on that, the Ego is worth considering.
Lots of recording options and still features
At first blush, it doesn't seem like the Panasonic HX-WA2 will be a top camcorder. Construction is shoddy, design is boneheaded, and if either of these are an indicator of image quality, then we're not expecting much. Of course we've been fooled before. And not by just any camcorder, but by this model's direct ancestors: the Sanyo Xacti models like the VPC-HD2000 and VPC-CG10, which, thanks to Panasonic's acquisition of Sanyo, featured very similar designs as the WA2.
This is absolutely perfect for those who don't want to carry around a larger camcorder and all of the chargers/attachments that come along with it. This fits nicely in my pocket of my husband's jeans or in my purse. We prefer the smaller size so that we can bring along and not feel like stalkers. The videos are of great quality and we were very happy with the purchase.
Optical zoom with 15x maximum iZoom
At a little over £200, Panasonic's HX-WA2 isn't as budget conscious as pocket Internet camcorders costing £100 or less. It doesn't quite have the immediate single-function appeal of Flip-style camcorders, either. But if you do fancy a go-anywhere pocket-friendly shooter, and are willing to pay a little extra for quite a lot more features, this is a capable camcorder for the money.
Fantastic low light performance
If you're looking for a first-rate low light camcorder that won't break the bank, then the Canon HF M52 is right up your alley. It's a fantastic product in terms of video performance, and it ranked near the top of its class in all of our video tests (with the exception of image stabilization). The Vixia HF M52's $750 MSRP is steep for a mid-range model, but its exceptional video performance makes its high price understandable.
Well priced HD Camera
I was after a well priced HD camera for recording family events etc and came across this one. Did HD, good reviews and plenty of internal memory with space to add more with an SD Card. The camera has plenty of options but is missing some that other, cheaper, cameras have such as night vision recording.
Excellent image quality
The LEGRIA HF M52 is a slightly curious model for Canon. We usually associate the more adventurous camcorder features with Sony, such as the projector built into the HDR-PJ10E and the GPS receiver integrated into a number of units. But Canon has managed to combine leading image quality with a reasonable set of features, plus the unique video streaming capabilities. The resulting price is quite high, but otherwise this is an accomplished little camcorder.
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.
Shoots great HD video
With its clumsy design and terrible user interface, we can honestly say JVC failed in their attempt at making a true photo/video "hybrid" device. Solely for recording video, however, the JVC GC-PX10 is not a complete waste of time but it is still seriously overpriced for what you get.
Extensive enthusiast features
Despite its digital photography credentials, this is still a camcorder first and stills camera second. If you only occasionally want to shoot video, the price of just under £700 will seem steep when superzooms such as Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ48 can be had for under £250, and even Sony's NEX-5 costs less. But taken the other way round, it's a different story.
Very good photos (both need lots of light)
JVC has really broken some new ground with the GC-PX10 hybrid. The combination camcorder-camera takes beautiful videos and stills, but it's hampered in low light by a small sensor. We'd love to see JVC put an APS-C sized imaging device in the next generation, even if body has to get a little thicker. The JVC GC-PX10 has some wonderful things going for it - and some serious drawbacks. As such, we can't give it our wholehearted endorsement.
High-quality video capabilities
As it stands, the GC-PX10's unique body design is little more than a disguise. JVC makes a fine camcorder, and this may even be one of them, but the optics, interface, and physical handling are not suited to still photography. And much about the PX10 betrays JVC's unfamiliarity with the space, such as the lack of basic in-camera editing, lack of playback options, or even the lack of picture effects silly as they often are.
Excellent motion and sharpness in 2D
If you are in the market for a high-end 3D camcorder you only have three options at the moment: the JVC GS-TD1, the Sony HDR-TD10, and the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 (and other Panasonic models that can use the VW-CLT1 3D conversion lens). There are also a few ultracompact models that shoot 3D, as well as a number of digital cameras, but the three models mentioned above are the only high-end HD camcorders aimed at consumers that allow 3D recording.
Affordable price point for the featureset
The JVC GS-TD1 is a high-end camcorder, promoted by JVC as the first consumer level camcorder to offer full HD 3D recording. The GS-TD1's full HD 3D capability is owed to the high speed processor that can simultaneously produce two full HD images (1920 x 1080i), recording in both the left and right streams (a process that JVC refers to as LR Independent Format).
Dual-frame Full HD 3D
With the Everio GS-TD1, JVC has produced the first consumer-grade camcorder to shoot two frames of Full HD in 3D mode, using a pair of parallel lenses and CMOS sensors. The resulting MP4 format is proprietary, but JVC’s approach also means better low-light performance even when shooting 3D in AVCHD mode. It’s the first consumer-grade camcorder to offer optical zoom in 3D mode, too. With a range of manual features as well, the GS-TD1 has loads to offer enthusiasts wishing to move into 3D.
It goes without saying, but without the correct TV setup the GS-TD1 is largely pointless. The 3D quality is among the best we've seen from a consumer camcorder, but the proprietary files means playback is limited to a direct TV connect. A decent camcorder, but other forces look set to conspire against it.
Touch GUI works well
We have to give JVC props for taking a huge step forward in home video, leaping from 2D to 3D. If you get the chance to see some sample footage on a quality 3D HDTV you'll be impressed big time as were we. The stills are another story but for us it's a sideshow to a major move in consumer electronics. The Everio GS-TD1 may not be generating the buzz of that other 3D device but you should definitely take notice.
Impressive 3D quality, well featured
It goes without saying, but without the correct TV setup the GS-TD1 is largely pointless. The 3D quality is among the best we've seen from a consumer camcorder, but the proprietary files means playback is limited to a direct TV connect. A decent camcorder, but other forces look set to conspire against it
A masterpiece of compact engineering
The JVC Everio GS-TD1 redefines what we can expect of a 3D camcorder. This shooter may be a tad cumbersome, but compared to a pro-rig it's a masterpiece of compact engineering. We loved the unparalleled creative control on offer, and 3D image quality is excellent. Overall, this is a remarkable piece of kit.
Best non-broadcast class model
Make no mistake; JVC's GS-TD1 is a highly specialised camcorder. I certainly wouldn't advocate buying it unless you have a serious interest in 3D photography. However if 3D is an area you want to be creative in, this is by far and away the best non-broadcast class model I've seen and puts in an excellent performance.
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