Advantages Excellent Form Factor, Fairly Decent Stills, Voice Guidance , Good Video In Good Lighting.
Disadvantages Poor Quality in Low Light, Battery life Could be Better!
Well, I picked up this Jack-Of-All-Trades wannabe camcorder from Jessops just before closing time on a Saturday eve a few weeks ago. I needed a camera to take photographs at a friends 21st birthday, and yet there was little time to decide since only half an hour until the shops close. Upon trying jessops as my final shop, I saw this camera reduced from 499 to 249 in their Xtravaganza sale! I was skeptical, but thought well if i can bag a decent stills camera and some sort of camcorder in one then I wont complain!
I bought on the assumption assured by the manager that I could return it provided i wasnt happy after giving it a try, since they wasn't able to give me an instore demo.
The battery comes with its own external charger, or you can charge the camera throguh the dock. So I charged it, and then proceeded to my party.
I wont bore you all with the goings on at the party, but upon returning I was eager to hook the sanyo up and test out what i'd snapped.
Now, the core of the device - video recording. I was absolutely appalled by the video quality of this device. I set it to maximum quality, and could not believe how poorly the device handled video. Video was smooth, however at maxium the camera records into H264 Mpeg4 AVC at 3MBPS variable bitrate, approximately 20mb a minute.
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