Advantages Great videos, great value for money
Disadvantages Hard to press some buttons!
I went on a trip to Hawaii a few years ago and I really wanted an amazing camera to take with me. I wanted to be able to take amazing videos, of really great depth and quality, and thinking about how often I would be planning on going in the sea, I really wanted one that would be waterproof too!I decided on this camera because, although it doesn't record in HD, it instead records using MPEG-4 format, it still manages to record 60 VGA frames per second at a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, DVD-like quality! MPEG-4 files are small and so you won't use up loads of space on your memory card either which is another bonus!
I ordered this camera from Amazon, and it was around £160, however it has now dropped to about £100 on there now. It came with an 8gb SD card and a really nice case too, which I thought to be a very good deal.The first thing I noticed about this camera was how light it is! It is also extremely thin, as you can see from the pictures and this makes it a lot easier to hold and carry with you, as it's not too bulky as to be too big to hold.
To turn the camera on, you simply pull the side screen 90 degrees outwards until it is perpendicular to the camera's body and twist it so that you can see the screen. It takes about 2-3 seconds to start up but it plays a sound to indicate that it has turned on, and you can see images appearing on the screen. To turn it off you can do this by simply closing the side screen and you will hear a noise indicating that it is now off. There is also an on/off button on the camera's body to turn the camera off when the screen is open, or vice versa.Just above the On/off button is the button to record and play your videos. This is pretty self explanatory. When you hold the camera in your hand with the screen directed away from you, then there are several buttons, close to where your thumb will be. These are easy to reach and well placed so you don't feel awkward when holding the camera and taking pictures, it's almost like holding a gun!
The two main buttons are photo and movie. These are used to simply take a photo of the scene in front of you, or you can record video footage too. My one complaint with these buttons are that you have to really push them in far, and hold them for about a second for the photo to be taken, or for the video to being recording. Sooo many times I have thought I've taken a picture or recorded an amazing video, and I've gone to play it back and realised there is nothing there. You have to hold the button down until the screen flashes black and then you see the scene in front of you again. This has been annoying on many occassions! To stop recording you simply press the movie button again and it will top.There is a button underneath the photo and movie buttons which allows you to zoom in. The zoom is not the best, only 5x, but I haven't really needed to zoom in on anything super far away so this hasn't been a problem at all for me.
The final button is the menu button. This is quite hard to push down, it almost feels like it isn't a button and is just a square marked on the camera, but it does eventually go down and you can see the menu!
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