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1. Samsung SCX105L MPEG4 Sports Camcorder
$1,199.99 $1,049.00 list($1,299.99)
2. JVC Everio GZMC200 2MP Digital
$214.94 $209.95 list($249.99)
3. Philips Key019 Key Ring Camcorder
$699.99 Too low to display list($799.99)
4. Fisher FVDC1 CameraCorder with
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5. Panasonic SVAV100 D-Snap MPEG4
$176.99 $173.00 list($219.99)
6. Mustek DV5500 MPEG-4 7-in-1 Multifunctional
$142.99 $134.95 list($199.95)
7. Mustek DV4500 MPEG-4 7-in-1 Multifunctional
$199.99 $195.92 list($219.99)
8. DC DXG-301V Digital Video Recorder
Too low to display $999.99 list($1,199.99)
9. JVC Everio GZMC100 2MP Digital
Too low to display $399.00 list($599.99)
10. Samsung SCM105 MPEG4 Sports Camcorder
$299.99 list($399.99)
11. Panasonic SVAV50 MPEG-4 SD Video
$131.99 list($199.99)
12. Mustek Adventure DV3 Camcorder
$135.99 $123.91 list($199.99)
13. Mustek DV4000 MPEG-4 7-in-1 Multifunctional
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14. Panasonic SVAV50S MPEG-4 SD Video
$121.99 $120.99 list($129.99)
15. Aiptek 4-in-1 Digital Video Camera
$129.99 list($149.99)
16. Aiptek DV4500 Pocket Digital Video
$136.99 $134.88 list($179.99)
17. Audiovox DC400 Digital Media Recorder
$379.99 $329.88 list($399.99)
18. Deja View CamWear Model 100
$342.50 list($399.99)
19. Panasonic SVAV30 MPEG4 eWear Digital
$152.00 list($199.99)
20. Gateway DVS20 MPEG4 Pocket Multi-Cam

1. Samsung SCX105L MPEG4 Sports Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B0007QN8AG
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: SAMSUNG
Sales Rank: 433
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Samsung's MPEG4 Sports Camcorder offers the ability to capture those thrlling moments. Whether you're snow boarding or skiing or just having fun with the family you can capture the moment with the remote lens. ... Read more

Features

  • 2 inch LCD
  • Instant "power on"
  • MPEG4 video recording
  • Super lightweight
  • Waterproof

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great camera- need extra storage and battery
This thing is awesome. It's smaller and lighter than my RIM Phone! Easy to throw on the charging station, grab and go. Something that never happend w/my old Video Camera. Had to grab the whole bag, overnight charge of the battery, etc... This thing charges in an hour or two.Quality of the LCD is excellent, even on the soccerfield under direct sunlight.Quality of the video, even on normal (has 2 higher settings) is good.

Downsides: only 2 I can come up with. Definitely need to buy extra memory cards.If you are going to take on vacation w/out your laptop to download the video to, then you'll probably want to buy another 2GB's.That would give you 2-3 hours of video over a week trip.Also, you'll need an extra battery. It's only good for about an hour (I run through it in a single 8yr old soccer game).Problem right now is that I can't find an extra battery to order anywhere.Accessories aren't really out yet (as of end of May).So, plan on another $300 to make it really livable.That all said, it's the coolest gadget I own. Haven't tried the helmet cam yet, but am already planning it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Cool
I got this to record ATV riding adventures. It was this or the new super small Sony mini dv cam. I went with this because I think the mini dv cam would not hold on the trail with all the dust.
I have had this for a few days to play with so far. I bought a 1gig scan disk card with it. It will record 63 minutes on the lowest 620x480 setting with the 1 gig card. The video quility is good on the lowest setting. I edited it with I-movie on my Mac and burnd a dvd and it looks great on the normal tv.
I could not get it to work with my windows vedio editing softwere ( Pinnacle and Screenblaster) but It does work with windows movie maker.
You may want to bump up to the super fine setting if you want HD quality. I only get 22 minutes with the 1gig card on the higest settings.
The external lens is cool. It come with a head and arm band. The extrem sports guys will love this for recording thier crazy stuff.
Overall I'm happy with it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for its intented purpose
I plan to use the Samsung sc-x105l for cycling (MTB, Road and Motorcycle) trips.I've had the unit a few days and familiarized myself with the controls.Fumbling for setup and features is always a battery burner so I try to be proficient before giving a real-life judgement on battery life.

I did a road bicycle test yesterday in 56 degree weather, starting with a full charge (I had cycled the battery once prior to this), the image quality was set for 352 dpi at "normal".Two higher quality settings are available this is the lowest and most battery efficient.Electronic Image Stabilization was turned on which also uses more power.The LCD display door was closed and I used the external remote camera.

According to the manual, I should have gotten ~80 .minutes, the varible was the EIS, there is no mention of how much that lowers battery life.My actual battery life was 48 minutes.About half of what the manual stated.

Image quality at 352/normal was fair.When a car zipped past me, the image was not clear enough to read a license plate from 30 ft away during playback, even going frame by frame.Recording at higher resolution should help this but more testing required.

The good news was how much of the 512mb internal memory I had used in 48 minutes, which was only 95mb.I feel by increasing the resoltuion (which uses way more memory and some battery) an equal amount of memory and battery can be consumed yielding about 30 minutes of quality video.

30 minutes may not sound like much but frankly, 30 minutes of home moives is usually more than most people can take.I'll carry a spare battery and 1G memory stick top tranfer during longer trips.

BTW, the unit is amazingly small and light, build quality is sturdy.That is a big plus for the intended audience of this unit.

3-0 out of 5 stars Wait for Improvements
I was very excited to receive this camera. My intent was to use it for skydiving video, after all I first saw the advert for it in Parachutist magazine. Anyway, I had it for about 1 week before I sent it back. It went through batteries very quickly and captured relatively grainy and dark video and stills. It takes several seconds to ready for video or stills and if I kept it in the ready mode for too long (20 min) the battery was about gone! The lense provided a pretty narrow field of view. It is good for standard back yard applications but as an "extreme sports cam" it is not ready for the quick and constant action of up close "extreme sports". Only the external optical cam eye is water resisitant. The rest of the cam will break if exposed to heavy moisture/rain/water. Another point of contention, I early purchased this unit from Amazon for $699. By the time it was delivered the price was already down to $569.00 from Amazon! Bottom line.....Wait till it is improved and the price settles down.

3-0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointed
I wanted to use this product to document sports and other activities and expected that the video could show the times and dates when these activities were observed.However, although the camera has a time and date function, these items cannot be made to appear on the video.

The camcorder has a separate camera module for mounting on a helmet, etc., but the picture quality does not match that of the main camera, which makes use of the separate module inadequate for the purposes I had in mind when ordering this particular unit. ... Read more


2. JVC Everio GZMC200 2MP Digital Media Camera with 4GB Microdrive & 10x Optical Zoom
by JVC
list price: $1,299.99
our price: $1,199.99
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Asin: B0002X7V48
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 251
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Amazon.com Product Description

Still images or video--capture either 60 minutes of DVD-quality MPEG-2 movies or thousands of super-high resolution UXGA-size JPEG pictures with the Everio--the first camera to use Microdrive technology. The included 4GB Microdrive card, though it is the same size as Compact Flash card, has such unprecedented capacity because it is has its own built-in HDD (hard disk drive).

The completely tapeless Microdrive format lets you choose higher video quality or longer shooting times.
Store more photos than you ever thought possible on the included 4GB Microdrive card.

Until now, tapeless formats have been severely limited in the length and quality of video capacity, but the Everio's Microdrive lets you shoot up to 60 minutes of high quality MPEG-2 video--and even more in lower resolution modes.A selection of recording modes lets you choose more quality or more shooting time. The highest quality ULTRA mode records at a constant bit rate of 8.88 Mbps with AC 3 audio -- comparable to the DVD data rate (average 4 Mbps video/9.8 Mbps maximum). Essentially what you get is DVD quality, with the same video and audio format as a movie DVD. And the number of still photos that will fit on the Microdrive card is nothing less than awe-inspiring: More than 5000 of the highest resolution images (1600x1200 fine).

2.12 Megapixel CCD
This 1/3.6" CCD with a total of 2.12 million pixels (effective: 1.23 million for moving pictures, 2 million for still pictures) offers the high resolution capabilities needed for high quality digital videography and photography. And the Megabrid Engine applies separate, optimized processing to moving and still images, for videos with a high signal-to-noise ratio, and high-resolution still pictures.

Versatile, Lossless Data
Store what you've shot on the provided Microdrive card, optional CompactFlash or SD Memory Cards. size as a CompactFlash card, but with many Gigabytes of capacity. You can eject the Microdrive card, just as you would a CompactFlash or SD Memory Card, and load data into your PC via optional card adapter. Or simply connect the camera via its USB2.0 interface for quick downloading to a PC. All transfer is digital-to-digital, so you won't lose any quality in the process.

DVD Creation & Sharing
Three advanced applications are provided:
  • Power Producer offers easy saving (authoring) of your video clips in any order to DVD, even right from a USB-connected camera, so you can share your original DVDs with anybody who owns a DVD player.
  • Power Director offers feature-rich non-linear editing so you can flex your creative muscle with titles, effects, and even mix still with videos.
  • Power DVD for easy video clip and DVD playback with AC 3 audio.

Multi-Format Support
In addition to making it easy to create DVDs, the supplied software converts to a variety of file formats for distribution via the Web or by e-mail. Supported formats include DV-AVI, Windows-AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, as well as Windows Media Video and RealVideo that can be streamed over the Internet. ... Read more

Features

  • The first camera to use Microdrive technology
  • Includes a 4GB Microdrive card that can hold 60 minutes of DVD-quality video or more than 5000 high resolution still images
  • Completely tapeless format for a ultra-compact, lightweight body
  • Includes software for easy video editing and DVD creation
  • Also supports CompactFlash and SD Memory Cards, USB2.0, DV-AVI,Windows-AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, Windows Media Video, and RealVideo

3. Philips Key019 Key Ring Camcorder
by Philips Consumer Electronics
list price: $249.99
our price: $214.94
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Asin: B0001K58YC
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Philips Consumer Electronics
Sales Rank: 415
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips Key019, is roughly half the size of a mobile phone, making it small enough to take anywhere--ensuring that you never miss a memorable moment ever again. It's capable of up to 25 minutes continuous video recording using MPEG-4, the international open standard for high quality digital video. It can also snap up to 200 2-megapixel still photos.

With a single button controlling the action, and a USB connection providing a link to a PC, the Key019 is as plug-and-play easy to operate as it is easy to carry around. The USB connection makes it quick and easy to transfer video or photos to a PC for sharing with friends and family, and enables direct recharging of the battery via a PC.

The versatile Key019 can store and play back audio files from its 128 MB memroy--enough for two hours of MP3 music, or four hours of WMA format tracks. Additionally, you can use it as a USB memory drive, enabling documents and other data to be stored securely and transferred to a PC.

The Key019 features colored LEDs which indicate operation status, allowing you to quickly determine if the unit is on, charging, recording, or transferring data. A micro-display viewfinder allows users to accurately frame the subject for capturing digital pictures or video and view or playback the results. The Key019 also includes a five-key remote control. ... Read more

Features

  • Digital camera/camcorder, MP3 player, and data storage--in a lipstick-sized package
  • 128MB Internal Flash Memory for up to 24 minutes of MPEG4 video, about 32 MP3 songs, or 200 still images at 2MP
  • Ingenious magnified LCD screen for easy framing of shots
  • USB port for easy up- and downloads to your PC (not compatible with Macs)
  • Includes lanyard, headphones, and remote control

4. Fisher FVDC1 CameraCorder with 512 MB SD Memory Card
by Sanyo/Fisher
list price: $799.99
our price: $699.99
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Asin: B0001X5A6A
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sanyo/Fisher
Sales Rank: 416
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 3.2-megapixel digital still camera and a full-featured digital camcorder about the size of a cell phone
  • 5.8x optical zoom lens (10x digital zoom)
  • 1.5-inch rotating LCD with Mirror Mode makes it easy to shoot from virtually any angle or perspective
  • Up to 30 minutes of DVD-like quality recording on supplied 512MB SD card
  • Lithium-ion battery and AC operation with Power Save function

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Camera is the One You Carry Around
With a 2-year-old toddler and a new infant, and Grandma and Grandpa 1500 miles away, I needed a camera that could take reasonable movies and photos, could interface easily with my computer (for easy email to family) -- and most importantly, was FAST and EASY to use. My kids aren't super-cute for more than a few minutes at a time, and those moments are fleeting.

Not the best still camera (although quite good in sunlight) -- but the camera fits in my pocket, and I'm taking movies as fast as I can get the lens cap off. With this camera, I have movies and still photos I would never have captured otherwise!

I also purchased a Sony MiniDV and a "Panasonic SVAV100 D-Snap", but returned them. The Panasonic was Macintosh-hostile, the Sony was difficult to use with either Windows or Mac (but had the best picture quality). Fisher picture quality disappointed until I viewed the movies on the computer - WOW! Very nice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Little Camera
This is a great little camera. I wish this had come out 2 or three years ago, when I bought the first miniDV camera that came out.

I am currently in Kuwait. I brought my miniDV Video Camera with me to record my time here, but the dust contamination is so bad here, it is destroying my camera. I started looking for a video camera with no moving parts. Thank God for this Fisher. No moving parts, USB connection, 3.2 Mpixels resolution. Best thing, no rewind. It took forever to get to the front of the tape to see what the video looked like.

There are just a few bad points to this model. The cover to the memory card slot is fragile, so a lot of care needs to be taken to keep from breaking it off when opening the compartment. The view finder/screen is a bit small, so it is hard to see unless you hold the camera closer to your face.

Granted, a miniDV can record more info, but you just can't beat this little guy for versatility.

5-0 out of 5 stars very nice
i picked up both the fisher and the new sony T1. trying both then taking the one i dont like back. overall after using both for a week, im in love with the Fisher. it has great features, great video quality.. and so easy to make vcd's. the sony didnt like direct sunlight and the white balance was crap. the fisher didnt mind the sun one bit, and even though the sony has higher mega pixels.. the fisher is richer in color.

buy it at sears and return it if you dont like it. for me, it will be recording my whole summer vacation :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice little package!
I love this little thing! It's so easy to use and it's got everything I need. I can carry it anywhere and use it as my camera and camcorder. The picture is so sharp and clear, the colors so bright that when I'm watching what I've recorded, it looks like I'm right there. I can't say enough good things about the Cameracorder. Before I bought it, I looked at the other brands too, but this Fisher one is by far the best. All the others don't fit as well in my hand as this one does and it's fun to use. The only thing that took me time to adjust to is the automatic focus. It took a little experimentation to get used to it. But now everything is great! Take it from me, this product is so awsome! I got more than my money's worth.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sony no more !
I usually buy Sony or Panasonic. Never again! I have had this camera for about 2 weeks now and I love it. Fisher, a name from the past has done it again. This is easy to use, compact and with 512 mb of memory you can't go wrong with the price. A must have for anyone with a family. ... Read more


5. Panasonic SVAV100 D-Snap MPEG4 Digital Video Recorder w/10x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B0000DCXJJ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 511
Average Customer Review: 3.45 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Pocket-sized MPEG-2/MPEG-4 SD video camera and 2-megapixel still camera--weighs just .34 pounds
  • 10:1 optical zoom lens with 25x digital zoom and super image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD rotates a full, 270 degrees
  • Includes 512MB SD memory card and remote control
  • Rechargable battery provides up to an hour of video recording time

Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up for the SV-AV100
i shoot quite a bit of video, and i really like not having to use tape... you can get a cheap hard drive-based digital wallet with an sd slot to copy the av100 sd card contents into while you are shooting with a second sd card... no need to ever have more than two sd cards, and you can shoot all day without having to unload the digital wallet.

do not use the software that came with the av100, instead, at the end of the shoot, just plug the digital wallet into your pc via the usb cable, where it appears as just another hard drive... copy the .mod files onto your local hard drive, and rename them as .mpg's... there is nothing to convert, and you can burn the .mpg's directly to dvd.

the av100 is a bit difficult to handle because of the small size, and no tripod mount hole, but surprisingly, it has options for manual controls, and it even has digital image stabilization... along with the mpeg2 recording, you can't get all those features in any other camera on the market today.

improvements i'd like to see would include a bigger ccd pickup, this isn't a camera you get for shooting stills or for shooting video in low light... it's built to serve as a video camera, get a cheap digital still camera if still shots is what you want... the current crop of these types of cameras proves that trying to combine both video and still functions into one camera will result in too many compromises of either one or both functions.

2-0 out of 5 stars I wish I hadn't bought it...
The camera works as advertised, but I couldn't find any software that could convert the .mod files to something useful. Even the software that comes with it fails to convert the files to a standard format. I have a new XP Pro desktop, and Windows Media Player, Roxio Video Wave Movie Creator, and Windows Movie Maker do not play the files, convert the files or burn the files. Neither does the software that comes with it. I contacted Panasonic, and they said, "We appreciate your frustration. However, Panasonic does not offer software that will allow you to convert the mod.
files. At this time we will relieve ourselves from any further e-mail correspondence regarding this matter." The software that comes with the Product is advertised to convert the files and it does have Panasonic's name on it. That aside, I did find Ulead VideoStudio 7, which can burn the files to DVD. The quality isn't horrible. It will only burn the highest quality video which looks 'ok' on my tv. This means that I can only get 10 minutes of video per 512 MB SD Card. The fact that the SD Cards used by the camera are not standard should be emphasized. You cannot just use any SD Card. Please, do yourself a favor and keep looking for a better choice. This camera is definitely not ready for market.

1-0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking?
Here's a nice piece of hardware that was sabotaged by Panasonic's software division. It's hard to believe that,in this era of video file type proliferation, Panasonic could have produced MPEG2 files that are incompatable with practically all video editing software on the market. Panasonic provides a conversion and editing program called "MediaStage". It's practically worthless. It's simultaneously elementary and obscure. If you are comfortable with MS Windows and then open MediaStage to run the program, you'll be stunned at how disconnected software developers can be with users. The only conversion available for MPEG2 files (in .MOD and .MOI format, no less) is to MPEG4 or to WMV. What a pity.
Maybe one of these days some software developer will produce some decent software that can edit these strange d-snap files.
I asked Panasonic, but they couldn't recommend any software to me. The joke's on me.

4-0 out of 5 stars AV-100 is AWSOME
I just bought this camera. Let me tell you that it is better than I was expecting. The picture qualaty of the mpeg2 fine video setting is noticably better than my sony Hi-8 camcorder, although it is not as good as most mini dv camcorders. It's got tons of features. The audio is also great. I thought it wouldn't be, scince the mic is on the backside of the camera, but it turns out it picks up evrything just fine. (In the first day i shot some great vids of my dog). There are a few problems, but they are not too serious. One of coarse, is the SD card capacity. Now for me, this is not that big of a deal because I bought this camera so i could have it everywhere and get short videos. Another problem is the battery life. It lasts about 40 minutes(I am going to buy an extra to have with me at all times). Also, a problem is that it doesn't have a flash, although that is also not a big deal because if you want a high quality picture, get a DIGITAL CAMERA, not an mpeg2 video recorder. Even without the flash though, the pictures are not bad. Finally, it's the darn .mod files and the software. The software that pannasonic provides does absolutly nothing. The .mod files are very annoying because you have to rename them to .jpeg, which can cause some problems (in the quality). Overall, this camera is SPECTACULAR for what it is supposed to do. I love it. Also, i got it for 675.
Now i'm just waiting for the 5 gig sd card to come out. Thats 100 min of superfine vid!

3-0 out of 5 stars COOL Right Out Of The Box!!!!!!
I am redoing my review. I love this. I got my 20 minutes in Mpeg 2 mode and I know for sure because I timed it. That girl above has the right idea, already making movies to computer.
GO GIRL!!!! I paid a whopping $1000.00 for mine and I think the price on Amazon is very good for this unique cam with awesome picture quality. I was using the zoom too when I got my 20 minutes. Now 3 stars because mine has very bad volume and I can not believe no one else mentioned it so I may have a defect. My replacement time may be up and I sure hope not because I would want a replacement because it is so convienient. I do love the size so you can take it anywhere. Again the picture quality is almost overwhelmingly fantastic!I sure hope I can get a replacement because the volume turned all the way up and I have to literally put my ear to the speaker to hear regular talking volume. I am going to go to the above web site the guy put in so nice of him to see what tips ,tricks,. ect. It is as fun as it is small. Please contact me if you have an answer to my volume issue.I really love this so much and need to do what that reviewer is with her movies already. I just purchased a Lexar card reader and I think they have one on Amazon that will answer her download problem. One for SD card. Anyway I think this is the most unique thing I have ever purchased and I was sceptical until that big smile came on my face when I opened the box and I love the little charger /holder cradle too.Sincerely, Josie Ryder
Lovin every minute of it. Just got to figure out the volume problem and then for it's quality images and convienince I would add a couple of stars.Please contact me if any of you have this problem please. Thanks.Very COOL Though! JosieRyder@aol.com ... Read more


6. Mustek DV5500 MPEG-4 7-in-1 Multifunctional Digital Camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD and 4x Digital Zoom
by Mustek
list price: $219.99
our price: $176.99
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Asin: B0002RSP5S
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Mustek
Sales Rank: 73
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Amazon.com Review

One gadget that can record video, operate as a web cam, take still pictures, make voice recordings, play MP3s and function as an SD/MMC storage device? Pretty handy.The question, though, is whether or not a single device can do all of those things well. The answer for the DV 5500 is that it's a mixed bag; the unit doesn't excel at any one thing, but the DV5500's incredible flexibility somewhat compensates for its weaknesses. It's a worthy addition to the gadget lover's arsenal. It's also a utilitarian media device for casual home users.

Design
The chassis of the DV 5500 takes design queues from some of the ultra-compact MiniDV camcorders now on the market. The unit easily fits into one hand, and controls are designed for use by the thumb and forefinger. Switching between modes is easy using a small thumbwheel while menu navigation is performed via a multi-directional button placed just below the thumbwheel. Our only gripe here was that the select button at the center of the multi-directional button was difficult to press; it's a bit too easy to make unintended selections with this button. Otherwise, the DV 5500 has a smart, user-friendly button layout.

The build quality of the DV 5500 is good and the plastic case feels sturdy in the hand. Both the battery and the memory card are housed in the bottom-rear portion of the unit. It's delightful that Mustek chose to include a good lithium-ion rechargeable battery as cameras like this are notorious for sucking batteries dry quickly, leaving the owner to schlep around a pile of alkalines. Not so with the good rechargeable in this unit, and although battery life only ran about an hour, it was great knowing we could simply recharge and start shooting again.

While most MiniDV-format cameras include an internal viewfinder in addition to an external LCD, the DV 5500 relies solely on an external display. Thanks to its relatively bright and clear 2.5" LCD, you probably won't find yourself missing an internal viewfinder, but because external LCDs drink a lot of juice an internal one would have been a nice option when power savings is a priority.

Using the LCD, you can navigate through the DV 5500's menu system, which is fairly intuitive, if not a bit rough around the edges. Some menu graphics and text are difficult to read, and you'll need to consult the manual to decipher them.

Features
At the heart of the DV 5500 is a microprocessor designed to encode video into a format known as MPEG-4. This compression scheme makes it possible to fit a respectable amount of video on the included 32 MB memory card. We were able to squeeze in six minutes at the highest resolution and quality settings, but this can be easily doubled when shooting at the lower resolution settings. Purchasing an optional memory card with a larger capacity is the ticket to even longer run times.

Still images can be captured onto the memory card, as well. At the highest resolution (2048 x 1536), expect to only hold a few images. Again, a memory card upgrade is required to get more out of the DV 5500's photo features.

Although the DV 5500 ships with a number of software utilities for photo and video organization and editing, we were using a Macintosh computer. Fortunately, our computer's USB port recognized the DV 5500 and we were able to drag and drop video and image files onto the Mac's hard drive. It was also easy to drag a few MP3 tracks to the DV 5500's memory card and listen to them via the unit's MP3 player interface. Similar capabilities are possible on a Windows-based computer with a USB port.

Image Quality
In good lighting situations the DV 5500 produced respectable stills with good color accuracy and sharp textures. Video results were good, but not as good as the quality you'll find with the tape-based MiniDV format. The tradeoffs in sharpness, light response and color accuracy are certainly due to the MPEG-4 compression the DV 5500 uses. However, if you can live with lower quality in the video department, you'll appreciate the ease of use, flexibility and convenience the DV 5500's tapeless format offers. --Joshua Gunn

Pros

  • Great "Swiss army knife" media device
  • Decent build quality
  • Good still image quality
  • Rechargeable battery

Cons

  • MPEG-4 video quality could be better
  • Short battery life
  • Awkward selection controls
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Features

  • 7-in-1 multi-functional Camera
  • Works as Digital Camcorder, Digital Still Camera, Digital Voice Recorder, MP3 Player, Video Camera, SD/MMC Card Reader, and PC Cam
  • Pocket-sized design
  • Swivel 2.5" TFT LCD screen
  • Built-in flash

7. Mustek DV4500 MPEG-4 7-in-1 Multifunctional Digital Camcorder with 1.5-inch LCD and 4x Digital Zoom
by Mustek
list price: $199.95
our price: $142.99
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Asin: B0002SPK46
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Mustek
Sales Rank: 852
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Features

  • 7-in-1 Multi-functional Camera (Digital Camcorder, Digital Still Camera, Digital Voice Recorder, Video Camera, PC Cam, Card Reader)
  • 3.1 MP CMOS Sensor
  • 32 MB internal memory and MMC/SD memory card slot (card not included)
  • MPEG 4 technology for high quality video recording
  • Built-in flash

8. DC DXG-301V Digital Video Recorder with MPEG4 & Digital Still Capability
by BDI Distributors Inc.
list price: $219.99
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0002F8T42
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: BDI Distributors Inc.
Sales Rank: 525
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Features

  • 3.2 Megapixel CCD
  • 4x Digital Zoom
  • 1.8 inch LCD
  • SD Slot
  • 4 AA batteries

9. JVC Everio GZMC100 2MP Digital Media Camera with 4 GB Microdrive & 10x Optical Zoom
by JVC
list price: $1,199.99
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Asin: B0002X7V4I
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 986
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Amazon.com Product Description

Still images or video--capture either 60 minutes of DVD-quality MPEG-2 movies or thousands of super-high resolution UXGA-size JPEG pictures with the Everio--the first camera to use Microdrive technology. The included 4GB Microdrive card, though it is the same size as Compact Flash card, has such unprecedented capacity because it is has its own built-in HDD (hard disk drive).

The completely tapeless Microdrive format lets you choose higher video quality or longer shooting times.
Store more photos than you ever thought possible on the included 4GB Microdrive card.

Until now, tapeless formats have been severely limited in the length and quality of video capacity, but the Everio's Microdrive lets you shoot up to 60 minutes of high quality MPEG-2 video--and even more in lower resolution modes.A selection of recording modes lets you choose more quality or more shooting time. The highest quality ULTRA mode records at a constant bit rate of 8.88 Mbps with AC 3 audio -- comparable to the DVD data rate (average 4 Mbps video/9.8 Mbps maximum). Essentially what you get is DVD quality, with the same video and audio format as a movie DVD. And the number of still photos that will fit on the Microdrive card is nothing less than awe-inspiring: More than 5000 of the highest resolution images (1600x1200 fine).

2.12 Megapixel CCD
This 1/3.6" CCD with a total of 2.12 million pixels (effective: 1.23 million for moving pictures, 2 million for still pictures) offers the high resolution capabilities needed for high quality digital videography and photography. And the Megabrid Engine applies separate, optimized processing to moving and still images, for videos with a high signal-to-noise ratio, and high-resolution still pictures.

Versatile, Lossless Data
Store what you've shot on the provided Microdrive card, optional CompactFlash or SD Memory Cards. size as a CompactFlash card, but with many Gigabytes of capacity. You can eject the Microdrive card, just as you would a CompactFlash or SD Memory Card, and load data into your PC via optional card adapter. Or simply connect the camera via its USB2.0 interface for quick downloading to a PC. All transfer is digital-to-digital, so you won't lose any quality in the process.

DVD Creation & Sharing
Three advanced applications are provided:
  • Power Producer offers easy saving (authoring) of your video clips in any order to DVD, even right from a USB-connected camera, so you can share your original DVDs with anybody who owns a DVD player.
  • Power Director offers feature-rich non-linear editing so you can flex your creative muscle with titles, effects, and even mix still with videos.
  • Power DVD for easy video clip and DVD playback with AC 3 audio.

Multi-Format Support
In addition to making it easy to create DVDs, the supplied software converts to a variety of file formats for distribution via the Web or by e-mail. Supported formats include DV-AVI, Windows-AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, as well as Windows Media Video and RealVideo that can be streamed over the Internet. ... Read more

Features

  • The first camera to use Microdrive technology
  • Includes a 4GB Microdrive card that can hold 60 minutes of DVD-quality video or more than 5000 high resolution still images
  • Completely tapeless format for a ultra-compact, lightweight body
  • Includes software for easy video editing and DVD creation
  • Also supports CompactFlash and SD Memory Cards, USB2.0, DV-AVI,Windows-AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, Windows Media Video, and RealVideo

10. Samsung SCM105 MPEG4 Sports Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B0007QN8A6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: SAMSUNG
Sales Rank: 1577
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Portable MP3 player
  • Portable data storage device
  • Webcam and voicerecorder
  • 6-in-1 Features
  • Shoots video and digital stills

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars This Camera Does NOT Have An Extra Lens!
As of May 7th '05 Amazon still has the wrong image up for this item.The separate lens shown is included only with the Samsung SCX105L MPEG4 Sports Camcorder.
I notified customer service but they haven't changed it yet. This camera is silver not matt black.I tried it out and found the video a little blurry. I would probably wait for an updated version. I have found better quality MPEG video on the little Sony T33 cybercam. I like the smaller size of flash based video cameras but you don't get much full quality video on a 512MB card. Even 1G wouldn't be enough to take on a vacation without bringing a laptop or external storage system with you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sports Camera Review
I completely disagree with the other reviewer. I think he was expecting WAY more from this camera and didnt understand its intended use.

I would reccomend this to anyone who wants to get video to use on the internet. Granted, it is not going to give you good enought quality to make a wedding video and then make DVD's of that, but that's not really what it is made for.

It works great for shooting outdoor sports such as mountain biking and skiing, etc. But the indoor use doesnt work very well.

The external lens is also great, comes with a mount to put it on a bike helmet, and another one to put on your arm for snow boarding and such...

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor Video Quality, Ergonomics
Received my camera yesterday - returning it today. This is the first digital camcorder I've owned, my previous one being VHS-C. I've digitized all my old VHS tapes, burned them to DVD, and the quality is ok.

The MPEG4 quality of this camera is below that, and I was expecting better. Even on the highest quality setting, video quailty is still poor. It also has problems obtaining and maintaining focus when the subjects are moving around.

Another problem is ergonomics. It's way to easy to get your finger in front of the lens. The zoom switch seems to be located conveniently, but when you press it you inevitably have to stretch and the camera moves around on you. I guess that is a price you pay for such a small camera.

I also could not get it to work with one of my computers to transfer the files over USB. It did work with two others however.

With the internal 512MB, you get about 12 minutes of highest quality video (if you can call it that). You will want memory sticks to expand your recording capability. They're not cheap, but unlike tapes you will re-use them after you dump the files.

The manual says the battery should last 60 minutes at a minimum. I only charged it once, and it drained in less than half that. Of course by then, I had filled up the internal memory anyway. I looked for spare batteries, but they don't seem to be available yet.

Another gotcha it will not work with memory sticks over 1GB. I didn't find out about this until I read the manual. The manual says it "may" not work which I take to mean don't call us about it. I had ordered a 2GB memory stick, and now it's going back too.

I'm going to wait for the 3CCD JVC Everio.
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11. Panasonic SVAV50 MPEG-4 SD Video Camera
by Panasonic
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0001FAU22
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1558
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The amazingly small, ultra-slim, and lightweight Panasonic SVAV50 is ready to capture your favorite moments in digital video and still photos wherever you roam. You can also use the SVAV50 as a digital audio player, voice recorder, and image viewer through your TV (using the included cradle). The SVAV50 is so small because it uses no tape--all video, images, and audio are stored on a tiny Secure Digital (SD) memory card. It also features 2-megapixel digital still resolution, 2-inch flip-and-twist LCD for reviewing your video and photos, and 2.5x digital zoom. This model (SVAV50A) comes in blue, but the SVAV50 is also available in silver (SVAV50S).

Video and Still Optics
Using the MPEG4 format, the SVAV25 saves video to Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards (an 8 MB SD card is included). With the small size of MPEG4 files--featuring resolution modes of either 320 x 240 or 176 x 144--you can easily post video to your Web site or send files to friends and family via e-mail.

The D-snap cradle is equipped with an A/V terminal that makes it easy to connect to a TV or VCR and record TV programs onto an SD card. Using the SVAV50 for playback, you can watch the news, a movie, or other programs just about anywhere.

The following shows the approximate amount of continuous video that can be recorded on several sizes of SD memory card (including larger optional cards):

  • Super Fine (320 x 240, 1 Mbps): 0.9 minutes (included 8 MB card), 7 minutes (64 MB card), 15 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Fine (320 x 240, 420 Kbps): 2 minutes (included 8 MB card), 17 minutes (64 MB card), 35 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Normal (176 x 144, 300 Kbps): 2.5 minutes (included 8 MB card), 25 minutes (64 MB card), 50 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Economy (176 x 144, 100 Kbps): 8 minutes (included 8 MB card), 70 minutes (64 MB card), 150 minutes (128 MB card)

The SVAV50 has a 1/3.2-inch CCD for a 2-megapixel resolution--capturing enough image data for print enlargements up to 8 x 10 inches. It features1600 x 1200 (2 MP), 1280 x 960 (1 MP), and 640 x 480 (VGA--great for sending in e-mail) resolution modes. You can zoom in on subjects using the 2.5x digital zoom.

Audio
In addition to its motion and still image capability, the SVAV50 can also be used as a digital audio player--just slip in an SD card loaded with tunes and listen via the included earphones. It's compatible with MP3 and AAC audio files. And with the built-in microphone (monaural), you can easily record voice memos, lectures, interviews, and reminders to the SD card.

More Features

  • 2-inch flip-and-twist LCD with 117,000-pixel resolution
  • Connects to your PC via USB 1.1 connectivity
  • Lens: F4 (4.5mm focal length)
  • Measures 4 x 1.94 x .81 inches (H x W x D)
  • Weighs 3.7 ounces

What's in the Box
This package includes the Panasonic SVAV50A digital camcorder, 8 MB SD memory card, USB cradle, battery pack, AC adaptor, stereo earphones with remote controller, USB and A/V cables, carrying case, cleaning clot, neck strap, and CD-ROM with USB drivers for Windows and the following Panasonic software (not Mac compatible):

  • SD MovieStage Ver. 2.5 displays MPEG4 motion images and JPEG still images in thumbnail form and plays them back on a PC. You can also cut and edit motion images and send e-mail with motion images attached.
  • SD Jukebox Ver. 4.0 Software transfers music from your SD memory card to your PC and allows you to rip CDs to your PC and convert music data to different PC music file formats. When ripping CDs, music information from the CD database (CDDB) is obtained automatically, including album title, artist and song title. You can also organize your songs by artist, title or personalized playlists. There is also a "Mood Analyzer" (Music Sommelier) that automatically selects songs to match your mood.
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Features

  • Pocket-sized MPEG-4 SD video camera, 2-megapixel still camera, and digital music player--weighs just .23 pounds
  • 2.5x digital zoom lens with night view capabilities
  • 2-inch LCD flips and twists up for viewing video
  • Built-in flash, mic, and speaker and includes 8MB SD memory card and stereo earphones with remote
  • Rechargable battery provides up to 1 hour of video recording time or 2 hours of music playback

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
I really enjoy this product. I ordered it off the internet and i had read some reviews saying it was just ok... so i felt a little wary. However, this is the coolest product ever! All of the photos and video are good quality and the MP3 is really cool! I am so pumped to show all of my friends! It is a real attention getter and I love it! It is so tiny that you can take it ANYWHERE. SMALLER THAN MY CELL! Its a great product and i encourage anyone to buy! Im gonna go use it some more now! LOVE IT! 5

4-0 out of 5 stars OK but overly complex -- TOO compact...
GOOD / PROS --
- Compact and small
- Good quality screen
- A neat gadget
- Plays and records sound clearly

BAD / CONS --
- Complicated
- Buttons are TOO small
- Hard to focus -- takes bad still pictures

4-0 out of 5 stars One Nifty Little Gadget
The trouble with most combination devices is that they try to do too much, and thus end up doing lots of things poorly. With the D-Snap 50, Panasonic has avoided this all too common design flaw... mostly.

The D-Snap 50 is an excellent gadget for professionals on the go, combining a two megapixel video camera, a digital voice recorder, and an MP3 player all into a package smaller and lighter than a pack of cigarettes. The bundled software is complete (if unexceptional) and the controls are fairly intuitive - most people familiar with digital cameras should be able to master the basics in a few minutes of use.

Nonetheless, there are a few questions I'd like to ask the D-Snap engineering team. First, did you intend for me to amputate my right index finger in order to take a decent picture? Second, just how many songs, memos, pictures, and videos do you expect me to fit on a measly 8 megabyte memory card? Third, why so many different quality settings for images when only Superfine (or Fine and big) is even good enough for email? Finally, would Macintosh support have killed you?

Despite these grievances, this is a great buy for a select target audience, such as people considering the Palm Zire 71 that prefer to organize their thoughts using spoken words instead of text. With a little practice - and a 256 MB or 512 MB Secure Digital Card - the D-Snap's annoyances will quickly fade. Three-and-a-half stars now, four when the price comes down a little. ... Read more


12. Mustek Adventure DV3 Camcorder Multi-Functional (Digital Camcorder, Digital Still Camera, MP3 Player and more)
by Mustek
list price: $199.99
our price: $131.99
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Asin: B0002XRWSS
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Mustek
Sales Rank: 2350
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Features

  • Multiple functions, including digital camcorder, digital still camera, digital voice recorder, MP3 player, and more
  • 4 megapixel hardware resolution
  • 32MB internal flash memory
  • Audiovideo out to TV
  • SD and MMC memory card supported

13. Mustek DV4000 MPEG-4 7-in-1 Multifunctional Digital Camcorder With 1.5-inch LCD and 4x Digital Zoom
by Mustek
list price: $199.99
our price: $135.99
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Asin: B0000T8BB6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Mustek
Sales Rank: 115
Average Customer Review: 3.35 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Ultra-compact multi-function 2.1-megapixel digital camera/camcorder, card reader, MP3 player, voice recorder, and Webcam
  • Fixed lens with 4x digital zoom
  • 1.5-inch LCD and easy-to-use controls
  • Record in JPEG or MPEG-4formats to SD or MMC memory cards and edited using one of the included software titles
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery can be charged through USB or outlet

Reviews (65)

3-0 out of 5 stars Right in the middle
First off, as already said, the size is amazing - It really is about the size of a credit card. This is part of my reason for buying this particular unit, so that I could easily store it on my motorcycle for trips. The Camcorder looks nice, but feels cheaply made. The features are nice (especially when compared to the competition) and over all it performs satisfactory. The video and the still shot mode works well, but the quality seems to lack at times. The biggest downfall I have found is it could greatly benifit from a flash / light as if there is not sufficient light indoors, the video's and pics are very dark. The camera functions are pretty simple to use, well laid out, and offer many options that are only found on higher priced multi-function digital cameras.

The software included is not very user friendly, I had to load it twice to even get it to work right, however, the extra bonus accesories included in the package are nice, and you do not need to instantly go and buy anything else to start using it. I would reccomend upgrading to a bigger memory card for greater storage of pics and video.

Overall for my day to day use it is fine, but if you want to take serious video or digital pics you will need to move into a higher price range.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a tiny camcorder with this price
So far I'm pleased with the purchase, and I plan to keep it for a while. Pros and cons listed below:

Pros:
-Low price. Its only around $150 while the other top brand will cost you more $$$.
-Small size. It fits in your palm and easily in any pocket
-Looks good. The appearance of this little unit looks high tech.
-Mp3 player is nice. While don't expect top quality speakers, the sound output from the external speaker is acceptable, and you can also use head phones. 512MB sd card can hold quite a few songs.
-Video quality is decent. With resolution of 352 x 288, it runs at 30 frames per second. This is the highest for the current tapeless camcorders around this price range today.
-Battery life is good. One charge seems to last a whole day.
-Easy to view. Simply plug into tv and you can watch your videos or pictures

Cons:
-Poor still shots. Under the camera mode, the still shots at 2 or 4 mega pixels are not very sharp. When comparing shots taken from my canon s300, there's huge difference.
-No flash and needs light. Video and pictures will need external light or else it'll be dark.
-Digital zoom is not very useful. Because every time I try to zzom, the picture quality seems to suffer.
-Video at 640x480 is not very good, because its only 10 frames per second. So it's better to stick with the lower resolution at 30 frames per second.

I haven't mess around with the software that it came with, but I can just plug it into the pc and it shows up as an external drive, so I can just drag and drop the files. I'm a fan of pocket size gadgets, and I plan to keep the DV 4000 for a few months until maybe the Samsung ITCAM7 with 1.5 GB HD comes out. The gap between camcorder and digital camera is narrowing, and it's just matter of time a true all-in-one unit will appear on the market.

The bottom line is if you need to get high quality pictures or videos, you probably will need to fork out a bit more money to get something else. But if you are like me, just want the convenience of carrying a light weight camcorder in your pocket, this unit will do the job.

4-0 out of 5 stars wow
i bought this camera around the end of july 2004,it shipped 6 days before they said it would, and it was delivered in time for me to take it on vacation with me. i made videos and took pictures with it they turn out great,one of my favorite things about it is that when you are in a moving car and take a picture it comes out clear as crystle, and you can't tell that you were moving.i have a few problems with it though,there isn't a light on it so you can't take pix or videos when it's dark or too light out.i also don't like the 32mb SD memory card it comes with. i need to purchase one with more space on it.another thing is it doesn't really tell you the size of it when u look at it online. it is 3 and 8/16 inches long and 2 and 6/16 wide.the lense is almost a 1/2 an inch across.the playback screen is 14/16 of an inch long. ANOTHER THING U MIGHT WANT TO KNOW IS thhis video camera fells like a childs toy right out of the box,so when u get it use it for about 3 days and then u will see hoew amazing this piece of equiptment is, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars my thoughts
To save you a bunch of time trying to find this item in the store, this item is available online only.

3-0 out of 5 stars not the best, but not the worst
i bought this camera a year ago, and it still amazes me. you can do movies (with a considerable resolution at 30 fps) take photos up to 4 mbpixels use it as an mp3 player or a sound recorder.cons: no flash and blurry pictures (makes the photo function nearly useless); making movies in low light places is almost impossible.For it's price, its a nice camera, but i'd wait until the DV-5000 comes out. it'll cost more but it corrects some of the problems of the 4000 model, such as the flash, ccd sensor instead of cmos (drastically improves the quality of the images, making it viable to take photos with the camera) and a nifty 2.5 inch movable lcd. ... Read more


14. Panasonic SVAV50S MPEG-4 SD Video Camera
by Panasonic
list price: $399.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001DBEI8
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 961
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The amazingly small, ultra-slim, and lightweight Panasonic SVAV50 is ready to capture your favorite moments in digital video and still photos wherever you roam. You can also use the SVAV50 as a digital audio player, voice recorder, and image viewer through your TV (using the included cradle). The SVAV50 is so small because it uses no tape--all video, images, and audio are stored on a tiny Secure Digital (SD) memory card. It also features 2-megapixel digital still resolution, 2-inch flip-and-twist LCD for reviewing your video and photos, and 2.5x digital zoom. This model (SVAV50S) comes in silver, but the SVAV50 is also available in blue (SVAV50A).

Video and Still Optics
Using the MPEG4 format, the SVAV25 saves video to Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards (an 8 MB SD card is included). With the small size of MPEG4 files--featuring resolution modes of either 320 x 240 or 176 x 144--you can easily post video to your Web site or send files to friends and family via e-mail.

The D-snap cradle is equipped with an A/V terminal that makes it easy to connect to a TV or VCR and record TV programs onto an SD card. Using the SVAV50 for playback, you can watch the news, a movie, or other programs just about anywhere.

The following shows the approximate amount of continuous video that can be recorded on several sizes of SD memory card (including larger optional cards):

  • Super Fine (320 x 240, 1 Mbps): 0.9 minutes (included 8 MB card), 7 minutes (64 MB card), 15 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Fine (320 x 240, 420 Kbps): 2 minutes (included 8 MB card), 17 minutes (64 MB card), 35 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Normal (176 x 144, 300 Kbps): 2.5 minutes (included 8 MB card), 25 minutes (64 MB card), 50 minutes (128 MB card)
  • Economy (176 x 144, 100 Kbps): 8 minutes (included 8 MB card), 70 minutes (64 MB card), 150 minutes (128 MB card)

The SVAV50 has a 1/3.2-inch CCD for a 2-megapixel resolution--capturing enough image data for print enlargements up to 8 x 10 inches. It features1600 x 1200 (2 MP), 1280 x 960 (1 MP), and 640 x 480 (VGA--great for sending in e-mail) resolution modes. You can zoom in on subjects using the 2.5x digital zoom.

Audio
In addition to its motion and still image capability, the SVAV50 can also be used as a digital audio player--just slip in an SD card loaded with tunes and listen via the included earphones. It's compatible with MP3 and AAC audio files. And with the built-in microphone (monaural), you can easily record voice memos, lectures, interviews, and reminders to the SD card.

More Features

  • 2-inch flip-and-twist LCD with 117,000-pixel resolution
  • Connects to your PC via USB 1.1 connectivity
  • Lens: F4 (4.5mm focal length)
  • Measures 4 x 1.94 x .81 inches (H x W x D)
  • Weighs 3.7 ounces

What's in the Box
This package includes the Panasonic SVAV50A digital camcorder, 8 MB SD memory card, USB cradle, battery pack, AC adaptor, stereo earphones with remote controller, USB and A/V cables, carrying case, cleaning clot, neck strap, and CD-ROM with USB drivers for Windows and the following Panasonic software (not Mac compatible):

  • SD MovieStage Ver. 2.5 displays MPEG4 motion images and JPEG still images in thumbnail form and plays them back on a PC. You can also cut and edit motion images and send e-mail with motion images attached.
  • SD Jukebox Ver. 4.0 Software transfers music from your SD memory card to your PC and allows you to rip CDs to your PC and convert music data to different PC music file formats. When ripping CDs, music information from the CD database (CDDB) is obtained automatically, including album title, artist and song title. You can also organize your songs by artist, title or personalized playlists. There is also a "Mood Analyzer" (Music Sommelier) that automatically selects songs to match your mood.
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Features

  • Pocket-sized MPEG-4 SD video camera, 2-megapixel still camera, and digital music player--weighs just .23 pounds
  • 2.5x digital zoom lens with night view capabilities
  • 2-inch LCD flips and twists up for viewing video
  • Built-in flash, mic, and speaker and includes 8MB SD memory card and stereo earphones with remote
  • Rechargable battery provides up to 1 hour of video recording time or 2 hours of music playback

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars One Nifty Little Gadget
This is a very cool gadget, but it has a very specific target audience - people who need a camera and a Dictaphone with them at all times. If that's not you, consider a Palm Zire 71, or maybe a camera phone.

Unlike many other combination devices, the D-Snap 50 doesn't try to do too much, just a few things fairly well. The MP3 player is as good as any other card-based unit, the voice recorder is on par with the most expensive Sony stand-alones, and the digital camera is good enough for small jobs and web work... but until you get used to using it, you'll think you need to cut off your index finger to take a decent picture. Also, I haven't yet decided whether including an 8 MB memory card with the unit was meant as an insult or a joke.

Most of the negatives associated with the D-Snap 50 can be cured with three things: patience, practice, and an extraordinarily large SD memory card. After you've taught yourself how to hold it, and jacked up all the settings to acceptable quality, you will wonder how you ever did without it. As for durability, we'll have to wait and see, but I trust the brand. Three and one-half stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Versatility - but know what you are getting!
I travel frequently and write as a hobby, and I have often wished I had camera or camcorder with me to capture an interesting scene to use in my writing. I normally carry a digital voice recorder, but usually do not have the ability to photograph because cameras are generally too bulky for everyday use. I therefore purchased this gadget in an effort to give me an 'all in one' recorder I could use to capture voice notes, still images and short movies. Here's what I found:

The Good:

- Small! Yet it has a good, solid weight to it.
- Easy-to-learn controls. I was using the gadget's full functionality within minutes, and didn't have to slog through the manual to learn each mode. Once I learned how to use one mode, the others were fairly intuitive.
- Versatility - I was able to hook the camcorder up to my DVD player and record a movie in MPEG-4 format for later watching. I then reversed the cables and played the same movie, outputting to my television. I took a few pictures, then made some voice memos, and the quality of the memos was better than on my old digital recorder. Very cool!

The Bad:

- The camcorder works well only when under strong light conditions. It lowers the shutter speed when it has insufficient light (and 'insufficient' here includes any indoor shooting), which means dropped frames and dark colors. There is a mode to compensate somewhat for low light, but this only brightens the images without speeding frame rate.
- I knew this going in, so I don't really think of this as a 'bad', but you may not know: MPEG-4 is NOT movie-quality! The best you can do on this device is 320x240 - half the normal resolution of your TV screen, which means half as good as your normal camcorder. Plus, it's compressed, which means some quality is lost. The movies this device makes are for posting on Websites, not sending copies to Grandma.
- The camera also does not work well indoors. It has an automatic flash, but the flash is somewhat underpowered and does not illuminate objects more than a few feet in front of the camera.
- Only 2.5 digital zoom on the camera. No optical zoom. This is, effectively, a simple point and click camera.
- Listening to the most recently recorded voice memo requires scrolling with the track ball, unlike normal voice recorders which allow you to listen to your most recent memo with ease - this is important, as you will often want to ensure you actually captured what you were saying.
- Short battery life - about an hour of recording. The battery is quite slim, so this is to be expected. However, an hour is significantly less than most one-use objects.
- No protective case! A leather holder is a must for this device. Instead, all you get is a neck strap (good, though it's almost too heavy for wearing around the neck) and a grey felt bag which could protect from scratches, but not dropping. Who the heck is going to carry this in a felt bag? It needs to be worn on the waist, like a cell phone.

The Ugly:

- It's very easy to place your finger over the lens when taking pictures. Panasonic tried to compensate for this by placing several small nubs on the front of the device so you could, by feel, know where to hold the camera. However, they're not enough, and Panasonic's 'fix' is a hard plastic bubble you're supposed to peel and stick to the front of the camera to prevent your finger from sliding up. Yes, that's right - instead of building a bump into the camera's case, you the consumer have to gum a piece of hard plastic to it. In the software industry, we call this a 'hack.'
- The 'Menu' button, which you will be using frequently, is difficult to push. It's tiny, and because of the camera's shape is difficult to push without grasping the camera with both hands. This is a device that wants to be used only with one hand.
- I'm concerned about durability. While most of the parts feel solid and durable, two spots feel like they are asking to break. One is a small roller ball that you use to traverse the menus; it's tiny and light, and if it goes, there's no way the gadget will work without professional service. The second is the plastic catch that keeps the LED screen in place when the camera is open. Since it's possible to force the camera to close without pushing in the latch, I can see this part wearing out quickly and preventing the LED from locking open.

Summary: Despite my grips, the SV-AV50 is definitely a keeper. It an excellent emergency memory preserver/party toy. It is well-engineered with a few minor flaws. It is NOT a camcorder replacement and NOT a digital camera replacement; if you buy expecting either of these you'll be mightily disappointed. 4/5 stars, but know what you are getting!

3-0 out of 5 stars Total Gadget
I want to love this gadget, but I can not. It tries to do too much, and ends up doing too little.

PROS:
- Super Small
- Large LCD
- Excellent Prodcut Design
- Many "Features"

CONS:
- You're finger easily gets in the way of the lens(1 in 3 shots are finger shots)
- The digital photos are VERY grainy in ALL light conditions (I would not even post the photos to my web site)
- No "Red Eye Reduction"
- The video quality is medium, definitel not a camcorder replacement
- Audio files need to be translated to some "native" format, using included software... no drag and drop here!

I will most likely return it, despite my desire to like all that it offers and how cool it looks. It just not deliver quality on the images and video. ... Read more


15. Aiptek 4-in-1 Digital Video Camera - DV5300
list price: $129.99
our price: $121.99
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Asin: B0006G331G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Aiptek, Inc.
Sales Rank: 6625
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Pocket DV5300 is MPEG-4 Video / Audio Recorder with TV Quality resolution. 5 Mega Pixel hardware Resolution Digital Camera, (3 Mega-pixel 2048 x 1536sensor): 5 in 1 Digital Camcorder, Digital Camera, Voice Recorder, PC Camera, SD Card Reader / Removable Drive. 1.5" TFT Color LCD Display with Tilt and Swivel. Expandable Memory slot for SD card (512MB Max). Record full audio and video simultaneously in MPEG-4 compression, 640x480, 352x288 at 30FPS, 160x128! Voice recorder for audio recording, and still be used as a PC camera / Web cam for Videoconferencing over the internet, and Video emails! ... Read more

Features

  • 1.5" swivel and reversible TFT LCD panel
  • 4x digital zoom
  • 5 mega-pixel for still images and VGA for movie mode
  • Digital video and still camera, PC camera and voice recorder
  • 16MB internal flash memory

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Only had this 2 hrs now....
...so you're not gonna get "down-in-the-mud" information - but I've been waiting for this thing for awhile now and I'm excited to tell you what I've learned so far. First off, the camera is very "cheap" feeling - all plastic - and extremely light!Not that that is a bad thing - in fact, its size and weight is one of the reasons I ordered this. I put in my Sandisk 512MB card and it worked perfect. I took a few mins to go through the menu/setup - which is very straight forward - you can follow right along on the LCD screen for your information and its all spelled out. Once I had it set up, I took a few pics at the 2nd highest resolution - which was "4M" (according to the camera screen) - the flash went off and it took the picture - then the little red light on the camera continued to flash quickly for about 30 seconds - I guess its writing it to the mem card??? I'll have to check that one out... maybe the flash wasn't ready???Don't really know. But I took the mem card out of the camera and put it in my computer to look at the quality - and it looked great!Just as good as my FujiFilm 3.1M camera.Then I tried to do some video - the room is kinda dark - and the camera really doesn't handle the darkness too well... but that does not surprise me - a few reviews I read on other sites said the same thing. But - with the lights on - at night - inside - it did okay. Thats all I have for now - I will write more when I spend more time with this... ... Read more


16. Aiptek DV4500 Pocket Digital Video Camcorder (MPEG4)
by Aiptek
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0001GT30Q
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Aiptek
Sales Rank: 192
Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 6-in-1 multi-function design
  • Maximum resolution up to 4 Megapixels
  • High compression MPEG-4 for recording movies
  • Stereo MP3 player
  • Removable hard disk and SD/MMC card reader

Reviews (36)

4-0 out of 5 stars great value for the money
I've had my DV4500 for 2 months now, and I continue to enjoy using it. It's big pluses are it's portability and ease of use. The controls are well designed, and it's a quite versatile little gizmo. I bought it because I wanted an inexpensive still and video camera, but I find I am using it just as much as an mp3 player and voice recorder. The pictures it takes are very good, and there is a built in flash for indoor and low light shooting. The biggest downside (for me) is that it is not compatible with mac computers, only pcs. Also, the video quality drops under low light conditions. I hope Aiptek corrects these deficiencies in future models. It uses standard AA batteries, but consumes them very quickly, so get some rechargeables. But for less than $150, you can have a wonderful camera that you can always have on you, and capture spontaneous moments as you please.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gadget of the future
Wow!!! I bought both the DV3100 awhile ago. This model says DV4500 on the front and DV 3500 on the bottom sticker. I guess the 4500 is a 4 Megapixel upgrade of the 3500? The 4500 is a about the size of a thick deck of cards which is little thinner and a little longer than the 3100. I was impressed with the 3100 model ... but this one ... it is the Personal Multimedia Gadget of the future! Video and picture quality are very impressive. Video frame rate is good (at last). No, it's not professional quality, but the component behind the camera would have to be pretty good to need a better camera for casual purposes. And yes, this camera has a flash, but for still pictures only. There is a battery consumption issue for video flash. The 4500 is much more intuitive to use with a simple dial to select video/ still/ playback/ MP3/ audio recording mode. Menus allow you to select such options as color/ black and white/ sepia tone (old movie) looks for your video. The only negative comments I have are 1) that the Input/Output panel in the front has a very flimsy door and will probably break off, 2) I would like an AC adaptor ability and 3) the sound recording is only fairly good. (The DV3500 microphone sucks.) This is the most impressive consumer gadget I have ever seen for a price like this. If you want to stay up-to-date on Aiptek products, go to www.aiptek.com.tw , not www.aiptek.com . For some odd reason (patent rights?), their stuff tends to be available in Europe/ Asia before you can get them in North America. - a MIT alum

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome for the price
If you are familiar with the video quality of most digital still cameras, you will no doubt like this camera. The quality is slightly better than that of those videos. I enjoy the fact that it is small and easy to use. It is perfect for normal outings that you would like to have video of. In fact, it is smaller than my digital still camera. I carry it everywhere I think there is going to be something I want to capture. I also enjoy that is uses battery power sparingly and allows them to hold a charge. It also does not use battery power when transfering files onto a computer. In short, if you are looking to capture videos with out spending a lot, the DV 4500 is perfect.

5-0 out of 5 stars fun and functional
This is a great camera. My still photos turn out as nice as the ones from my much more expensive camera. The video cam is great for catching the spur of the moment occasions. My nephews steal it all the time to use the MP3 feature. They think it's great and easy to use. I definately recommend this camera. I would splurge for a memory card if possible, it gives much more flexability.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great multi-purpose camera
This is a great camera for kids. I bought it for my 9 year old son and he loves it. It's an all-in-one little wonder. Here's what he thinks..."This is the best camera in the entire universe." ... Read more


17. Audiovox DC400 Digital Media Recorder / Player with MP3 / MPEG4
by AudioVox
list price: $179.99
our price: $136.99
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Asin: B00027356C
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: AudioVox
Sales Rank: 1272
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Features

  • MP3 / MPEG4 / webcam and digital video/voice recorder
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Plug and Play
  • Digital effects (BW/ Sepia/ Mosaic)

18. Deja View CamWear Model 100
by Deja View Inc.
list price: $399.99
our price: $379.99
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Asin: B00063E872
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Deja View Inc.
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Amazon.com Product Description

Deja View's Camwear 100 is a breakthrough in wearable, hands-free video, featuring a digital camcorder so small that it can be attached to the bill of a hat or your glasses frame. The Camwear 100 is always on and ready to record. It feature's Deja View's "after-the-fact" technology, which enables you to review the previous 30 seconds of what's just been captured. You can also press a button to automatically record the previous 30 seconds.

The Camwear 100 feeds a continuous video stream into the hip pack control unit. Video can be stored on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. You can record 16 30-second video clips to the included 64 MB memory card. It features 320 x 240 video resolution at TV-quality 30 frames per second (fps), direct output to TV, VCRs, or a DVD burner via RCA outputs, USB connection to a PC, and a rechargeable battery with up to 6 hours of battery life.It's compatible with Windows XP, 2000, Me, and 98se. ... Read more

Features

  • Wearable, hands-free digital video with audio
  • Full-motion video at 30 frames per second
  • Saves up to 16 30 second video clips on included 64 MB SD card
  • 24 bits per pixel of color and brightness
  • Featuring the latest MPEG-4 technology

19. Panasonic SVAV30 MPEG4 eWear Digital Camcorder/Still Camera w/ 64 MB SD Card & Docking Station
by Panasonic
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00008OLBQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 2540
Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The stylish Panasonic e-wear SVAV30 (Silver) combines a digital video recorder, digital still camera, digital audio player (with new SD-Jukebox software), and a digital voice recorder into one ultra-compact package. This palm-sized camcorder features a user-friendly interface and improved video resolution over its predecessor, the SVAV10. The SVAV30 also offers a docking station for recording and viewing footage on a television.

The new user-friendly interface makes recording easy, without having to scroll through menus. The SVAV30 features enhanced picture quality with an MPEG4 frame rate (15 frames per second) for video and 640 x 480 resolution for JPEG still images. A swiveling 2-inch LCD screen and two record buttons allow you to shoot comfortably with the unit in either the horizontal or vertical position. A new 2x digital zoom helps bring subjects into closer view.

The SVAV30 includes a built-in flash for taking digital still pictures in low-light situations. A built-in USB interface makes it easy to transfer music from a PC to an SD Memory Card for playback, while the included SD Jukebox software provides a simple way to catalog and save numerous digital music files in a single database on a PC. The SVAV30 is compatible with the MP3 and AAC formats. A built-in speaker lets users listen to any recorded audio.

Improving on its counterpart, the SVAV20, the SVAV30 features a unique A/V docking station that connects to a TV for viewing video and still images, or to a VCR for recording favorite TV programs and viewing them on the go. The docking station also includes a built-in battery recharger to power up the player.

  • 64 MB Secure Digital memory card
  • Weighs just 3.25 ounces
  • 2-inch LCD screen
  • Software includes SD Jukebox 3.0 and SD MovieStage 2.0
  • Compatibility with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP
  • Packaged with AC adapter, USB and A/V cables, handstrap, carrying case, remote control with earphones, and rechargeable battery

The Digital Tapeless Format
Tapeless camcorders make use of the compression power of the MPEG-4 file format (often called the MP3 of video) to allow you to record directly to memory cards, dispensing with the need for tapes altogether. They may require slightly more computer savvy than other formats, but are more user-friendly than you might expect and allow for the most compact camcorder body sizes ever made. ... Read more

Features

  • Ultracompact MPEG4 digital camcorder weighs just 3.25 ounces
  • Also functions as digital audio player, voice recorder, and still camera
  • Docking station connects to TV for viewing and recording video
  • Built-in falsh, swiveling 2-inch LCD screen
  • Includes 64 MB Secure Digital card; compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD
this is the coolest thing you get four great things in one, although i cant print out the pictures because my mom lost the product key

a retard could figure this out it's so easy,but if you are going to buy this buy an extra card for recording because they dont hold very much. well, you should still buy this because instead of buying those expensive video camera, or mp3 players, or digital cameras it's all in one and VERY COOL

5-0 out of 5 stars The Coolest Gadget of Summer 2003
If you don't have an MP3 player, digital camera, digital voice recorder or digital video camera, this one device will do it all. If you have all those separate components, this baby is still great to have. Sure, the still and video camera don't have the resolution of the larger and pricier cameras, but hey, it fits in the palm of your hand with room to spare and weighs just a tad over two ounces. And you can pop it into its cradle and record video from an external source. The frame rate is only 15fps but I was still able to enjoy an episode of Seinfeld while waiting for a flight. And everybody who saw it had to know what it was and what it did.

3-0 out of 5 stars A great gizmo, a substandard camera
I really wish I had read some of the reviews before buying this camera. It is small, has tons of features, and is really fast, not to mention makes everybody around you, strangers or not, stop to look at it and ask questions. But the pictures it takes are just not a high enough quality to make it worth it. You could buy a cell phone that can play mp3's and take pictures as good as this camera, and thats a phone too. The zoom was terrible and lost all focus when used, and the mp3 player would be cool if there weren't so many restrictions on how to get music on there. All in all, I was really excited to receive, and really disappointed as soon as I tried to print my pictures, so I returned the product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all! Recommended.
When reading these reviews prior to purchase, I got nervous that I would recieve a piece of garbage that didn't live up to the curiousity surrounding it.

I was wrong!

This is a great gadget for on the go, making home movies, anything. When taking a picture, if you are too close with the flash on, all you will see is a flash of white light. Just don't take it less than 1-2 feet away from the object.

I was very impressed with the video aspect. The sound was very impressive and I was able to watch the videos immediately after taking them, and the picture quality is impressive considering how small this is.

Overall, I'm really glad I bought this. The voice recorder is reliable, I haven't checked the Audio player, but I mostly bought it for three out of four purposes. It is absolutely worth it, especially to slip in your pocket and make videos/take pictures on the go.

TIP: The SV-AV30 comes with a 64MB Memory Card. If you are planning to use this full-time, or are taking this on a trip, buy an additional card. 64MB is really not a lot of room, especially if you will be using all of the options offered (Voice/Audio/Camera/Video). The memory cards are somewhat expensive, but if you invest in a high MB card, it will last you for a while.

1-0 out of 5 stars NOT Worth it
Sorry guys... I saw this gizmo and thought as many do.."wow.. a video camera and digital camera in one and in a small package" (I didn't really care about the mp3 player and voice recorder).

I was/am willing to sacrifice some quality because of the size but this thing is ridiculous. Unless you are in DIRECT sunlight taking a picture of something 2 feet in front of you then this thing is worse than anything I can imagine (and even then the pictures are terrible).

The video camera recording/reproduction is useless...I have never got a decent recording.

If you have to use the flash (which seems like all the time) then all you get is bright white pictures.

I can't express how disappointed I was with this product. A friend of mine just got a digital camera for 25% the price and the pictures are 10 times the quality and it is only slightly bigger than this.

The only positive things I could say is that it is a great conversation starter at bars..etc.. since it is a cool package and draws a lot of attention (but dont try actually show it off by using it because it is pathetic) and that the software isnt "terrible" (although has failed to work a couple of times on XP but pretty solid for the most part).

My opinion---a waste of money--novelty wears off after 24 hours and then you look at what you have which is picture quality 10 times worse than a picture booth and a video camera that you can't use. ... Read more


20. Gateway DVS20 MPEG4 Pocket Multi-Cam
by Gateway
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0000UL3EM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Gateway
Sales Rank: 1191
Average Customer Review: 2.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Not a full-fledged camcorder, and yet very much more than a toy, the Gateway DVS20 MPEG4 Pocket Multi-Cam is one of a new generation of "convergence" devices that take both still images and tapeless digital video. In a head-to-head contest with a full-featured tapeless camcorder--something from Panasonic D-Snap's line, for example--it may not come out all that well, but at this price range a more fair comparison would be with an entry-level digital still camera. Seen in this light, the DVS20 does very well indeed. In fact, I now find myself favoring my Gateway over my everyday digital camera, a low end Olympus.

The DVS20's compact body
The first advantage it has over almost every still camera in its price range is the swiveling LCD that lets you take photos from awkward angles--you can shoot holding the camera over your head for example, by angling the LCD down, or capture stylish, cinematic low angles. And the shutter action is above average, with very little of the dreaded shutter delay effect of many digital cameras (you know, when you press the button and the picture gets taken sometime the following week).

So what about video? The DVS20 does okay, though it would be better to think of video as a bonus function rather than its main purpose. It performs middling to poor in low-light conditions, but in daylight it takes pretty clear, if somewhat herky-jerky footage. A memory card is a must if you want to do any significant amount of taping--the size of the internal memory is actually pretty generous at 64 MB, but this will hold a maximum of 18 minutes of video, and that's at the lowest resolution (a very grainy 320 x 240). It's worth noting that the mic performs much better I expected. I was able to tape a public event, getting very clear audio for both the PA and the ambient crowd noise.

One real downside is the rate at which this thing eats through batteries--one day of sporadic use was all that a pair of alkalines lasted me. Do not proceed without rechargeables! And while we're talking downsides, I should also mention that the flash tends to wash out facial features at distances under ten feet. Overall, though, you'd be hard put to find a better value in this price range. --David Stoesz

Pros

  • Above-average performance for its price range
  • Swivel-view LCD
  • A/V and USB outputs
  • SD card slot
  • Very compact body--comparable to a pack of cigarettes.
Cons
  • Devours batteries like sweet, sweet candy
  • Only so-so low light performance
  • The flash tends to wash out details
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Features

  • Digital camcorder and camera in one
  • Tapeless MPEG-4 video format
  • Capture up to 18 minutes of video or 700 still pictures to the 64MB internal memory
  • SD slot for expanded memory
  • About the size of a bar of soap

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Mini Video Camera
This camera is just great. The quality of the videos and pics aren't perfect like you would see from an 1000 dollar camera but I love them because I just want a camera that I can have fun with and not get real serious about it. First of all it's inexpensive so if it breaks, it isn't the end of the world and since it's so small you can take it anywhere. It includes software that you can use to edit and create your own movie masterpiece. It's zoom is a little weak but having a great zoom is too high above the price range of this product. Its battery life is about one hour but if you get the accessory pack it will turn into 90 minutes if you use the batterys included in it. The vidoes do include sound since the camera has a microphone. Another great quality it has is the fact that it can record up to 18 minutes and 700 pictures with its 64 MB internal memory. I would recommend this to someone who doesnt want the top of the line camera (if you do than spend more money) but wnats something that will be easy and fun to use. Really, anyone who wants to make movies should buy this. That's what my intention was and I love it.

1-0 out of 5 stars You Get What You Pay For
I purchased a DV-S20 last week. Well, I have to agree with what the people who give this product one and two stars have to say. I really cannot add much more to what's been said about it, but I can confirm that it performs poorly in pretty much all aspects of operations. The one thing that I truly did not care for, is that the camera insists on taking pictures at 1/30 of a second, no matter how much light is available. I adjusted the ISO by bumping it up to 400, but to no avail. In some cases, the shutter operated at 1/6 of a second! With shutter speeds that slow, it's no wonder that most of the pictures were fuzzy. Once in a great while, I was able to get a good, clear picture. But that was only achieved by holding the camera perfectly still with two hands and leaning up against something solid. Unfortunarely, this method isn't very practical in the real world. I used up the batteries very quickly because I spent so much time deleting a lot of bad pics. The video I took of my normally graceful gray tabby made her look as if she was in an earthquake. It was very jerky.

3-0 out of 5 stars Better Than Nothing
I got this for Hannukah from my parents, and although it's not exactly a real camcorder it really is better than nothing. The Digital Camera on here all out sucks basically, but once in a while you can nail a decent digital picture. As for the camcorder it's ok, you can't exactly make a real movie, (unless you buy more memory, which is almost the price of the camera/camcorder itself), but even so ive enjoyed making short documentarys and sending them to my friends. Anothjerb great thing is the size, I mean you can take it anywhere, you never know what you could get on tape. Anyway overall, this is a decent item.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Wow factor
This is a great little gadget for capturing spontaneous stuff. It is so small I take it everywhere and it's not obnoxious when you start shooting. You know how people freeze up or start "acting" whenever the camcorder starts recording. The DVS20 is less intimidating so you end up getting unbelievable bits.
Don't be confused, it is not a camcorder, but then it's a fraction of the price too.

5-0 out of 5 stars DVS20
Great for Moblogs.
I want to make it clear that this is NOT a precision high tech video camera. The DV-S20 is a TOY that you can take anywhere and have fun with. That being said, on with the review...

I am a television video producer; I edit video for a living. I am always updating my "goings on" via my moblog and the DV-S20 Multi-Cam continues to be perfect for taking video of an event and quickly uploading the video onto the web. The small camera's appealing design (about the size of a deck of cards, only a little thicker) attracts attention whenever I use it. Even my peers in the "television world" take note. I carry it around with me everywhere I go because it is so small and at such a low price I am not afraid that something may happen to it.

The camera can be held and controlled with one hand. The A/V out is great for watching the photos and videos on TV or recording to VCR, if that is your type of thing. I would suggest getting an SD media card for heavy use. The stock 64mb memory has plenty of room for photos, but video will quickly eat up that space. Having separated "video record" and "photo" buttons makes it nice to take a mix of video and photos on the fly. Sound quality is about par with the average consumer camcorder.

I want to make it clear, the Multi-Cam is a toy. If you are looking to replace even the lowest end camcorder, you will be VERY unhappy with this product. Don't use it to document "Babies first steps" or "Julie's Second Wedding". The DV-S20 Multi-Cam is not made for these events... the price should clue you into that!

The DV-S20 Multi-Cam is made for Bloggers, Young people just getting interested in video production, and the "Gadget Freak" that loves to show off. I love my Multi-Cam, I use it everyday. It fits my mobile technology life and I recommend it.

PRO: Cheap price for a well made product, small package, attracts attention, fast and easy uploading to the computer, easy memory upgrade. Very easy to learn and operate. Quality consumer software included.

CONS: Lackluster video quality if used for TV viewing, .asf files do not agree with some computers and editing programs. No zoom in photo mode, 2.5x digital zoom in video mode. ... Read more


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