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Archos 404 Camcorder, Ultra-compact and large screen Portable Multimedia Player with built-in camcorder

by Archos
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • AC Power Adapter Supplied: No
  • Audio Recording: Voice recording through the built-in Microphone Via the optional DVR travel adapter or DVR Station: stereo line-in WAV format.
  • Backlit Display: Yes
  • Battery Life: Music playback time: up to 11 hours Video playback time: up to 3.5 hours on built-in LCD
  • Bookmarking Support: Yes
  • AAC Playback: No
  • AVI Playback: No
  • Audio Line-In Interface: No
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Built-In Microphone: Yes
  • Built-In Radio: No
  • Compact Flash Card: No
  • Depth in mm: 15
  • Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
  • Direct Radio Recording: No
  • Direct TV Recording: No
  • Display Technology: TFT Display
  • DivX Playback: No
  • Height (mm): 78
  • Horizontal Resolution in Pixel: 320
  • MP3 Playback: Yes
  • MPEG4 Playback: Yes
  • Memory Stick: No
  • Multimedia Card: No
  • Music Playtime in h: 12
  • Number of Display Colours: 16 Mio
  • OGG Playback: No
  • Photo Viewer: Yes
  • Screen Size in Inches: 3.5
  • Secure Digital Card: No
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Storage Capacity in MB: 30720
  • Storage Medium: Hard Disc Drive
  • Vertical Resolution in Pixel: 240
  • Video Playtime in h: 4
  • WAV Playback: Yes
  • WMA Playback: Yes
  • WMV Playback: Yes
  • Weight in Grams: 190
  • Width (mm): 100
  • xD-Picture Card: No

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 10 x 7.8 cm ; 191 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 500850
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Feb 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,811 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

ARCHOS presents the ARCHOS 404 Camcorder, an ultra slim and compact Portable Multimedia Player to enjoy and store all your digital media content in the palm of your hand with an inbuilt camcorder and camera to capture videos. Featuring a large 3.5'' TFT LCD color screen, the ARCHOS 404 Cam boasts a 30 GB hard drive for storing up to 85 movies, 75 hours of personal camcroder footage, 300 000 photos or 15 000 songs . It is the ultimate PMP to enjoy music, videos and photos on the move.

Product Description

This ultra compact portable multimedia player can slip into the smallest of pockets. You can film the good times with your family and friends, or just enjoy one of the many videos, photos or songs you have stored on it

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
3.8 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Archos 404 Camcorder 3 Feb 2008
To me, this product outruns any ipod or creative by a long shot. Plenty of hard-disc space means never ending video shoots, photos, songs etc. The video quality is not fantastic, but it is smooth, not jumpy, colours are bright, and quality does not diminish when blown up to computer screen size. Not a proffesional gadget, but perfect for private use.

One problem with it is that the very large very bright screen makes it quite power hungry, but it still lasts maybe 8 hours music, or 3.5/4 hours watching videos. Also it only comes with a USB charger which is slower than Id like (3 hours for a full charge from flat).

Unfortunately, when I had had mine for less than a week, my sister knocked it out of my hand, it flew up then bounced on a wooden floor. I thought we'd got away with it as it still worked, but it couldnt read the hard drive after a few hours. This makes it sound very fragile, but no hard drive likes to get bashed around.

Despite this, It is such a fantastic product that I am scouring the internet for another one at a low price (I got my original one from Pixmania for 136 but they no longer stock it).

Note: For anyone who is scared about breaking it, Allianz will insure it from accidental damage for three years, for 35. I would advise this.

I hope this sways your decision away from an ipod, towards the archos 404 camcorder because that is a decision you won't regret.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product 16 Oct 2009
I got this from my daughter after she decided to go down the ipod route. I have to say I'm glad she did as I think this is fabulous. It is very very reliable and solidly built. I'm not into the super light flimsy plastic ipod, creative zen type world. This fits the bill perfectly. It holds a huge amount of stuff and plays most formats no problem at all. It's drag and drop dead easy to use and the sound quality is superb. The video camera is an added bonus and works really well. For the price it's better sounding, better built and more versatile than its competitors.
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By M. Lee
I already have the Archos 500 and was delighted to find that the 404 is built to the same high quality. Being much smaller and bought mainly as a MP3 player but still a very strong movie player to.
The reason I bought this player is that the newer 405 only has 2Gb of memory, additional can be added but..
This player as 30Gb.

Some reviews have stated that there are battery issues with the model but I have left mine unused for months and found the battery pretty much as I left it.

On this note if you want your film to be resized from your existing DIVX collection then try looking up and downloading the free program POCKETDIVXENCODER which doesn't convert to Divx just fine tunes the existing file to work better and be smaller (changing audio files and screen sizes). My 404 films coming out at 300Mb per film (lot more on hard drive if needed).
The only downside is that the screen is in 4:3 format unlike the other players in this series, this isn't a breaking problem but one to be aware of.

As always excellent in terms of sound and display while playing, which the included hard pouch it is hard to control the player, so invest in a better case as I have done that will allow access to these.
On a downside there is no spelling out of titles when searching for albums or tracks by the titles simply a list style, which is annoying in folders with over 900 tracks. No going straight to your chosen track.

A nice thumbnail page greets you with the focus picture being enlargerd as you toggle through all your picture and when selected these go full screen in a good resolution to enjoy. You can also activate a slide show option of the folder if you want to better show off your holiday snaps.
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I have the Archos 404 with camcorder but have exactly the same problems as noted by several other people on the non-cam version. Battery completely discharges itself spontaneously within 48hours of a full charge - since new; the casing has warped/bulged within a couple of months; and most recently the screen has now stopped working - within less than 3 months of purchase. AVOID AVOID AVOID. I bought from somewhere other than Amazon and am having problems returning it.
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