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3M CP45 All-in-One Camcorder/Projector

by 3M
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
Price: 263.95 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Project for up to 100 minutes or record for 150 minutes
  • Hold up to 1,000 photos right out of the box
  • Project an image between 10” and 65” diagonally
  • RGB LED; lifetime up to 20,000 hours
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited Parts & Labor
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm ; 191 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: CP45B
  • ASIN: B005LESQKG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 Dec 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,516 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Manufacturer's Description

Life's best moments, made possible anywhere. Create stunning HD video and photo content, then project and share it instantly—anywhere. The projector feature makes a BIG impact, bringing photos, videos and movies to life. And you can project immediately, no downloading or waiting to hook it up to another device. You create it; you show it off. Best of all? It's small enough to throw in your bag and go. It's so easy to use. Record video, snap photos and project images at the push of a button using the incredibly user-friendly interface. The up to 65” projected screen means everyone can see — no more passing around a small screen. Add to that 20 lumens of brightness and 800 x 600 SVGA resolution for stunning image clarity. Who knew sharing could be so much fun? The possibilities are endless. Record wedding guests messages to the bride and groom, and play them back during the gift opening. Share school projects with classmates instantly, for true collaborative learning. Enjoy a day at the beach and play back the highlights over cocktails, on a cocktail napkin! Take your Shoot 'n Share wherever life takes you. Whether you're playing at the park or sleeping under the stars, it makes little moments BIG. The Camcorder Projector also enlarges your small screens. Just connect your smartphone, iPod®, iPad®, portable DVD player, or game console, and you have big screen mobile entertainment. (some accessories sold seperately) Great for business. Great for pleasure.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks good ! 13 Aug 2013
By coz
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Looks very sleek ! I have only upacked it at the moment . I just wanted to be the first to review it , ie come first lol. On a serious note, u have a hdmi conection, a mains of cause , u can use a tripod. The menu lay out on the camcorder is touch control, its fits perfectly in your hand, ie just a bit bigger and thicker than ur average mobile phone . If the pics and video r as good as the style of the product ? Then this will be a surperb cam , camera .
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110 of 115 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a novelty than useful 1 Jan 2012
By Brian R. - Published on Amazon.com
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With virtually every cell phone, ipod, Nintendo DS, and just about everything else that can fit in your pocket being able to take pictures and video, the feature that makes this camcorder stand out is the projector. Therefore, the question is whether having a projector in this makes it something you want to buy.

General Thoughts
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Before I cover the projector, let me say a bit about the other features. As for it's video and picture taking quality, both were fairly decent - on par with my iPhone, though it has a slightly less wide angle lens. I'm not sure why it lists 1x optical lens, since that essentially means there is no optical zoom. It also has an LED light for assisting with video and flash in low light. However, there's a clear plastic cover that sits over the lens and LED light to protect them from damage. The problem here, though is that light from the LED creates a glare into the lens, and really detracts from the resulting image.

On the front, the buttons are all touch sensitive, and it features a built in calibration routine and sensitivity adjustments. I found I really don't like them because when trying to use it, you have no tactile feedback. This isn't so bad when using them to navigate on the LCD screen, but when using the projector mode, I couldn't keep my finger on the right spot while staring at the wall to see if my presses were being registered, even when trying to hit the same button repeatedly for things like volume control. I also found that trying to take a still picture was difficult and often the key press wouldn't register properly - almost like the button was misplaced or much less sensitive than all the others.

On the bottom side is the lens for picture/video, the LED light and a tripod mount. I was pleased to see the tripod mount, and it does come in handy (you'll need it, just read on). The top is where the projector lens is and there's a focus knob on the upper right hand side of the unit for adjusting the projector focus.

You can only record either to the onboard memory or a memory card, you can't use one as overflow for the other without inserting/removing a memory card.

The LCD screen is pretty good quality and is a 4:3 aspect ratio - the same as pictures are taken. Video is produced as 720p widescreen. You can't turn the LCD screen off without shutting off the entire unit. It takes a while to turn on and also plays a pretty loud start-up jingle that cannot be turned off, even if volume is at its lowest setting.

OK, so on to the projector. The product specs say it can produce up to a 65" image. In reality, it can produce images much larger. Don't expect any fancy features.
-No keystone correction, so if you angle the unit up at the wall, it will be a trapezoid instead of a rectangle.
-No image rotation/mirroring/flipping, so you can't suspend it, project upside down, or project onto a transparent screen from behind.
-No adjustable image size/zoom, so the image size is purely dependent on how far from the wall the projector sits.
-The skip forward button works fine for images, but doesn't seem to work when video content it being displayed. You can fast-forward, but not skip.

Included features:
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-Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation have a -2 through +2 adjustment. Effects on the first two are pretty minimal, even in a perfectly dark room.
-Slideshow mode is available but has a lot of quirks. The biggest downside is there isn't any slideshow button or option that's directly accessible. You have to enter the file browsing mode, navigate into the menu settings, go to options, set the slideshow option (none, repeat all, repeat one file, or random). Yes, that's right, you can't just be viewing an image then hit slideshow to auto-flip through the rest of the images then stop. That's the way most things work for slideshow, but you can't do that. Not only that, but if you're in a file directory that contains images, you have to back out of it to the folder level, then go into the options, set the slideshow mode, then go back into the file directory and start viewing an image. To turn the slideshow mode off, you then must repeat the steps.
-You can set image/video quality to various settings. One feature I don't understand is the option for 8MP stills even though the sensor is 5MP. I assume it just upsamples the images.
-The unit accepts video and audio input to be projected and includes the appropriate composite a/v cable. While it also has a mini-HDMI connector, no cable is included for it. This is unfortunate since most computers and laptops now have HDMI out, but definitely not composite. If you're planning to use this for projecting laptop content, you'll need to buy the appropriate cable.
-It has an InfraRed receiver, though no remote control is included or specified, so how can you expect to use this feature?
-Takes microSD cards if you want.
-Cannot have the unit on and charge at the same time.
-Includes a lot of foreign voltage adapters, though these just end up outputting to a mini-USB tip for charging, so you could always just use your PC. USE CAUTION if using the included charger for other mini-USB devices - it can output up to 2A (4x a regular USB port's output). This is great for charging the camcorder quickly (4hrs on AC vs 7hrs via USB), but might fry other devices (not sure if the charger can adjust to a different device's capability for accepting less than 2A).

Projector picture quality
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I'll admit the projector picture is pretty nice - if you have a properly darkened room. The colors are good, and the image is reasonably sharp - in the center. At the sides of the image, the convergence of the colors is off, making them fuzzier than the center. Additionally, while the unit can take HD video, it projects at 800x600 in widescreen format. In my opinion, "HD" video recording is a bit of a misonomer on any flip video or cell phone camera. It may have that many pixels, but none of them will have the picture quality of even a decent dedicated SD camcorder. Therefore, I don't see the difference in resolutions between recording and playback as a disadvantage here. Images and video still look as good as could be expected for a projector so small. This holds true even at the larger screen sizes.

You won't be able to use this in a conference room with the lights on or in your house during the day unless you're only projecting about a 12-18" image. As the projector is backed up to get a larger picture, the resulting brightness falls off very quickly. To get a 65" image viewable, I had to go in the basement and turn off all the lights. Even indirect light had a noticeable effect of washing out the picture. As I mentioned earlier, the brightness and contrast adjustments have virtually no effect at this projection size.

The projector is designed such that the image is projected equally in all directions. So you need as much space BELOW the unit as above. So think about this, if you're sitting it on a conference table or coffee table trying to project onto a wall, you'll either need a tall tripod, or your image is going to be very low on the wall. If you simply angle the projector up to compensate for this, recall I mentioned it has no keystone adjustment, so the image will be wider at the top vs. the bottom. As an example, to get an image that's 65" diagonal requires the projector sit 19.5" above the table in order for the lowest part of the image to be at the level of the table. You simply won't be setting a 1.5-2 foot tall tripod on top of a conference table. If you need to clear people's heads or other things sitting on the table, you'll need to raise it even higher.

The second pitfall of the projector for use in these scenarios is that the projector must sit too close to the wall, something like 7' to get that 65" image, and most likely your couch will be behind that. Therefore, you'd have to sit off to the sides or else your view is blocked by the projector sitting on the tripod. Note that since you can't flip the image, don't expect to suspend the unit from above.

Now, I admit, this thing isn't meant to be a full-time business projector or home theater projector, but the problems with the distance-to-screen-size issue, the lack of keystone adjustment, and relatively low brightness even in normal lighting makes it difficult to use the projector even in a casual setting. Actually, the easiest way to use the projector is to get a tabletop tripod and make the projector point straight up onto the ceiling (most of which are white), as long as you have smooth ceilings. This can be fun for kids, but hardly ideal for sharing family photos or videos.

So, while the video and picture quality are good, the projector works, but isn't that great, the wonky menus and slideshow modes, and the troubles you have to go through to get a viewable projected image, I feel this unit is "ok". It does what it's supposed to, but has a number of drawbacks that keep this from being a truly "wow" product that you'd be proud to have. It might draw some envy at first, but it's usability flaws will quickly outweigh the novelty with regular or repeated use. So if you're mainly looking for a video/still recording and just want the projector as an option this might be for you, especially if the drawbacks I've mentioned won't be issues for your use.
55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neat idea and easy to share videos 28 Dec 2011
By R. Hammer - Published on Amazon.com
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OVERVIEW:

The 3M CP45B Camcorder Projector does exactly what it says on the box, offering an easy to hold device that can fit in a purse or backpack but yet something that's capable of recording video clips, and PROJECTING those same videos back on the wall or designated projection area due to it's built-in projector.

POSITIVES:

The 3M CP45B Camcorder Projector is bigger than a FLIP recorder, but that should be expected given that the CP45B has a built in projector. The CP45B also is heavier than most handheld video recording devices, but again, this is due to the built in projector. Build quality is good, and the touch button interface works as expected and consistent with other electronic products of this type (FLIP for example).

Where the 3M CP45B Camcorder Projector stands out from the rest of the crowd is the fact that it has a built-in projector. Most people would expect a projector as small as your hand to not have good quality output. To be clear, this is by no means a HD projector that you would see in most home theaters. Sporting a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, it's not the sharpest projector you will ever see, but it's reasonable in quality and provides a bright and easy to view image. To compare, if you have seen a portable projector used in a small conference room for corporate presentations, this is probably about the equivalent.

I really liked the fact that I could plug in additional devices to play stored videos (such as my phone and laptop). This makes it handy to not only capture video with this device but playback video from ANY device.

The CP45B is not limited to just HD video recording, you can take still photographs up to 5 megapixels and store it to the built in 2GB of memory (expandable via microSD card).

DISLIKES:

While the projector is the huge selling point of this camcorder, the video recording feature I found to be sub-par. Many phones (including the iPhone), the FLIP, and other video capture devices perform much better are video recording than the CP45B. It seemed as if the images were washed out and just didn't have that HD feeling when viewed on a HD monitor. Additionally, many pocket video recorders offer an almost instant start-up time whereas the CP4B required a good 5-10 seconds before it was ready to record. While this doesn't seem like a lot, during action moments of your child's sports game, you may end up missing the play.

Connectivity options are limited with no full-size HDMI (required adapter from mini) and a non-native USB interface.

IN SUMMARY:

The best part about this device is the fact that it is a portable projector that can easily fit into your hand. you never have to replace any bulbs on the projector because it is powered by LED technology making it last for an estimated 20,000 hours. However, purchasers should be cognizant of the fact that the video recorded by this unit is sub-par to other devices on the market today (including some phones). While this device can project other videos that have been recorded on other devices, the goal of this product is to record and project, something that I feel this unit falls short in doing.

***30-DAY UPDATE:
It's been almost a month since I've written the original review. After using this item several times at work for a couple "trial" presentations, I'm not convinced. It does work okay to practice in the hotel room at night prior to the presentation, but no way I would use this in a sales pitch with a client.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Shockingly NICE Camera 20 Dec 2011
By USMC Combat Vet - Published on Amazon.com
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This just arrived 5 minutes ago. I have not even read the book or charged this camera. I will upload a TON of video from this on my YouTube site that will allow you to see the quality (or lack of quality) far better than Amazon allows given its limits. I need to say that to just open the outer package Amazon surrounds this with was my first WONDERFUL surprise. You are greeted with a beautiful presentation of a very heavy duty white box which is something you just need to see for yourself. Very high end. Open it and you now begin to have a clue as to what you are in for.

You see the camera in a special cut out slot and as you begin to explore, you see the most organized package ever. I am 62 years old and this is just NICE! Next you see a CD/DVD and a THICK NICE Manual with a color picture on the front. Over 1/4 inch thick and in every language you will need. Then you discover a USB power supply with again EVERY snap on connector for ANY Country you may ever travel to. I mean, it is just the most class act I have seen in years. And COMPLETE! No manual you have to download and just guess about. Every single thing you are going to need is right here....

I won't go over all the camera features yet since it just got here! But they are documented in the Amazon description. I wanted to show you what the video looks like on HD Setting on a cloudy day with NO tinkering with settings. It has a very intuitive menu on screen you can toggle through that is self explanatory. I just set the still photo to 8 megapixel and off I go....Now playback using the projector is NOT a gimmick. I have played back the 2 movies I did on my hand, my recliner, even my cat! It is really nice to be able to check your video on the fly. Plus, you have the NICE looking little color screen on the camera itself of course. The stills look NICE, the video is actually far better than I ever hoped. I have many other camcorders (see my other reviews) and this is actually as nice as any. PLUS it offers these extra features that just can't be found elsewhere.

Build quality. It feels like a heavy duty BRICK. It is more solid than ANY camera or camcorder I have ever touched, period. Now I only give this 4 stars. I rate it 5 PLUS but after just 30 minutes with it that is bogus so I will update as well as change my review with quality times and experience. I never give anything 5 stars out of the box because I am excited....But THIS excites me. It is the biggest surprise I have had in many many years and I am a gadget NUT. I fully expect it deserves and I will upgrade it to 5 stars. But lets see how durable it is, if it has any bugs etc. As a Vine reviewer I have to even add an extra layer of caution since I didn't have to PAY for it with my money! So I don't want to cause someone else to buy something just because of my possibly tainted opinion until I have tortured the device and spent a ton of time with it. Check my comments for the YouTube site I will post extended videos as able. And there will be many.

UPDATE after a week. I just uploaded several new videos from this camera to my YouTube site. I am beginning to find it's real strengths AND weaknesses. In very bright daylight I have found it difficult to see what I am filming clearly in the viewfinder. I also found I was hitting the zoom button & ruined 1/2 of the video in a Fiat car lot and could NOT even tell that was the case till I got home. Will practice on that and where I place my fat old fingers when taping outside and distracted! Still a solid 4 out of 5 stars for me.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Best little HD Camcorder available - for six months 4 Dec 2011
By Tony Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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This thing is the best HD Camcorder available. I purchased the white with red accents and it works excellenty. First off it comes equipped with a light which seves excellent for shooting videos and still in total darkness. I am still yet to come across any other pocket HD Camcorder that has built in light for low let alone ZERO light shooting. This feature alone won me over. The ability to project your videos and photos onto just about any surface and view them is another winner for me. No need to wait until you get home to connect to your TV. It is extremely easy to use as the functions and layouts are VERY user friendly. It shoots max 720P HD with other lower video settings available. OK, Go ahead and split hairs over 1080P Vs 720P. How many persons can tell the difference? Besides if you are gonna complain about the CP45R being only 720P then you best upgrade to a professional grade unit. The price appears somewhat steep but you are paying for a still camera, an HD Camcorder and a projector all in one. The built in mic seems to pick up all the back ground sounds and noise and you can hear it all during play back on the unit's built in speaker. I won't consider this a negative as it could just be that the mic is built sensitive to capture all sounds.
Last year I gave my wife the Kodak Zi8 for Christmas and this 3M CP45R is light years ahead of it - IN MY HUMBLE OPINION!! A week before buying this 3M CP45R I bought the Sony Bloggie Touch (4 Hour Version)for my self and it is still in the box - unopened!! Thhis 33M CP45R is compact and portable - ideal for presentations, vacations, on the go fun, parties, just about any function at all. I would recommend it to anyone. Great job re the on time delivery by Amazon - AS USUAL
I bought this case on Amazon and the Camera sits perfectly inside it: Case Logic Portable EVA Hard Drive Case QHDC-101 (Red)

UPDATE
So after six months, the unit suddenly failed to power up. It never fell or got wet. It just failed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cool little tech toy!! 15 April 2012
By Meg - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a tech geek, I must say this is one of the coolest little "toys" to come out in a while. I've played around with it for both photo and video and find that it works as well in recording mode as any "typical" camera. There's nothing spectacular about the images that come from it, even though they are of very good quality.

What makes this truly so neat is the projector function - how many times have you passed around your cell phone to show your latest vacation snaps? As great as those pictures may be, you're losing a part of the experience by only being able to show one person at a time. At Christmas, I loaded an SD memory card with pictures from my vacation and brought it over my In-Laws to try it out (if you have in-laws like mine, you know how hard it is to impress them!). In a semi-dark room, I was able to project a 5'x 4' image from approximately 10 feet away. The color was true to life, and it was really nice to be able to be in a room and all be able to discuss and laugh over the same pictures rather than constantly handing the camera around the room.

The naysayers may point out the ability of one hooking up their camera or cell to a television to show the images and yes that's true it can be done fairly easily. However, if you unhook something you shouldn't (if it is a complicated set up), you are opening yourself to hearing about it for the rest of your life... (again in-laws!). Having this little device makes things easier for all. I definitely would recommend this!
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