Top critical review
7 of 8 people found this helpful
on 4 January 2013
I had real high hopes for this product. I've been experimenting with Time Lapse Photography with both my DSLR and an app on my mobile phone and had achieved great results so decided to purchase a dedicated camera for time lapse only.
The camera is described as being able to produce HD video.... I would like to know what the description of HD video is. The results I have had are fairly poor. Indoor images in low light are grainy. Any lights in the video overwhelm the cameras sensor and you get over saturated areas. Outdoor shots are about as good as you would expect to get from a webcam purchased from Poundland. You get a picture, and in focus but the clarity of image is just not there.
The manual gives brief information on the camera functions but to be fair they are quite self explanatory. One thing I would have like to have known before buying the camera is the playback rate. The camera automatically converts the images into an AVI video, so you have to set the frame playback rate before you start taking your pictures. The maximum playback rate is 30 frames per second so if you record a particularly long project the video is going to be 15 minutes or more long. I prefer my time lapse videos to be of a shorter duration.
The on / off button seems a little temperamental. Starting the recording works ok, but when I press to stop, it usually takes several attempts for the camera to respond.
All in all I was expecting a far better quality product. It is not cheap to buy, but I would class it as a toy. If your just taking quick fun shots of clouds, or the seasons changing in the garden its perfect. If your looking for sharp, clear images of flowers opening for example, I would consider investing in something else.