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SPEED HD-120Z High Definition Camcorder

3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Full HD 1080P - 120X Zoom (12X Optical, 10X Digital)
  • Electronic Image Stabilizer, 1920 x 1080 Recording
  • 3.0" 16:9 TFT Touchscreen, HDMI, AV & Mini-USB Output
  • Dual video mode (1080p + WQVGA), LED Light
  • True 10 Mega Cmos Sensor (20.0MP Max - Firmware Interpolation), Spare batteries
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Item model number: HD-120Z
  • ASIN: B003DKOZH8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Mar 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,467 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Premium quality camcorder offering full 1080p recording capability at an incredibly affordable price.

The HD-120Z is the top of the SPEED HD camcorder range.

Still camera resolution has been increased to a maximum of 20 Mega-Pixels (interpolated), optical zoom has been increased to a huge 12x which, coupled with the 10x digital zoom, gives a total zoom of 120x.

In addition to its 12x optical zoom capability, the HD-120Z features a full touch-screen 16:9 widescreen LCD viewfinder, face detection for still photographs, IR remote control and dual video recording (ideal for recording in HD whilst recording a duplicate low-resolution copy for upload to YouTube, etc)

If you've never recorded in FULL 1080p HD before, you're in for a real treat iwth the HD-120Z. Build quality on this camcorder is also excellent and the high gloss piano black finish with chrome accents and brushed steel look belies its incredible affordabability.

As if being able to record in true 1080p HD wasn't enough, the HD-120Z is also a very accomplished still camera with all the features you'd expect of a dedicated digital camera, including face detection, exposure compensation and a powerful xenon flash.

Organise your videos, edit them, upload to YouTube or convert to AVCHD and burn to Blu-Ray or DVD with the supplied ArcSoft TotalMedia HDCam 2.0 (worth 69.95).

Fully-compatible with Windows 7.

To order an additional battery for only 9.95, search for B002ZDNUD4 or see our Store Front


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC CAMERA 12 Jun 2010
Being a keen video maker I needed a new little handycam with full HD. But like most people at this moment I do not have much money. This camera ticks every box for fantastic. It has full HD 1080p with smooth motion. You can also go to 720p 60FPS for pro looking films. Not only that but it also has 240FPS mode so you can do high speed shots. It has a wonderful still camera (I also have a canon 350D digital camera) and this comes close to that quality (just needs changeable lens to be in with a chance). Face detection and every other mode possible. I really can not say anything bad about this camera. I am so happy with it and will be keeping it for a long time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BARGAIN! 3 July 2010
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The SPEED HD 120z is a fantastic camera with a variety of capture formats and other stuff.As this is my first HD camera i am delighted with the quality of performance and sound recording.I have had a basic Sony digital camera for the past 2 years and was in need of an upgrade if i was to stay up to date with youtube. This was ideal, it has many good qualities; cheap affordable price, the ability to perform a 240fps slow-mo, a strong lens and easy to carry, oh, and it can take photos. If you were to use this for family purposes i.e; filming a birthday party, i wouldn't recommend this camera, its a bit shaky if you use it without a tripod and it just isn't designed for a still stable recording.However, if you are a budding film maker like myself, I would seriously encourage you to purchase a 120z.Look around on Youtube to see for yourself.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Well, we bought this camera as a way of starting out in the world of video. I own a DSLR camera, but this can be a bit bulky in certain situations, we normally carry a little compact as well, for those point and click moments. So the 2 in one feature seemed a great idea. It uses a CMOS 10MEG sensor for the video, and 20MEG for stills.

Using the camera is quite light, but unless you support the screen with your other hand, it will give very shaky results even with the stabiliser switched on. The screen, although clear, is absolutely impossible to see what your taking in bright sunlight, this can be a big problem, especially when using the stills feature.

The results on the video are pretty good, although the sound quality is very weak. It can film at 240fps, which means you can do super slow motion which again works pretty well, the sound is muted on this function.

The still camera feature however is disappointing, for whatever reason the stills do not come out as sharp as they should be for a 20MEG CMOS sensor, I believe the 20MEG is an actual upscale,rather like a DVD player that is not HD, but will upscale to a "near" quality, the results are a very soft appearance. Now before you push the cancel order button, this may well be OK in a standard 6 x 4 photo size, the problem you will have is if you want a bigger print, say A4 size, here is where you will notice the difference.

The good points.
1. Very light in weight
2. Price for the features is excellent
3. 4GB SDHC card is included* with the camera
4. carry case is there
5. Video quality is actually very good, although you DO need 2 hands to get a steady image.
6. Touchscreen works very well and quite simple menu makes it an easy camera to use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed. Item returned 13 July 2010
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I must admit that I wasn't expecting great things from this camera at this price. Most others HD units at this price range don't even offer optical zoom, so I knew that there were going to be compromises. I just wasn't expecting this many and for them to be so fundamental and serious.

Colours seemed true when filming outdoors in daylight, and the picture quality was spot on, though having to manually adjust the EV settings all of the time is a pain.

Indoors was a different matter, with several different white balance settings to choose from, none of which seemed to produce remotely credible colours under artificial light.

As the 120x zoom was what sold it to me, I was very disappointed when I could only get it to work in still camera mode. In video mode, it seems that only the 12x optical zoom is available. HDMI playback onto a TV gave a good picture quality, but insisted on showing exactly what was on the LCD, including any icons. I couldn't find a playback mode that got rid of the timer index display and playback icon, so as far as I can figure out, you're forced to have these on-screen during playback and you'll only get rid of them by editing the video via a PC.

I felt that still camera performance was sub-standard, and it definitely suffered from the same colour problems under indoor lighting as the video mode. I can't say that I was that bothered though, as I bought this primarily as a movie camera.

The things that put me off going for a still camera with movie capability were the fact that most still cameras' movie modes don't allow you to auto-focus or use the zoom while filming, and that they limit the amount of video that can be taken in one continuous recording.
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