Aiptek PenCam Trio HD Camcorder 720p HD with Digital Camera and Voice Recorder - Silver
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- Ultra slim pen like compact design offers true mobility and freedom
- 1280 x 720 (720P) HD high definition video resolution up to 30fps
- 5 mega-pixels (5.038.848) still pictures
- Voice recorder for recording notes, meeting minutes, and ideas at your
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BUT the instruction booklet is difficult to follow and incomplete. You can easily view your films on the PenCam tiny screen by pressing one button, the tiny views are very clear but you don't hear your voice talking. The problem arises when you want to download your films on your computer to look at them. It took me one hour to navigate from one window to another with incomprehensible technical data to chose from. In the end everything was downloaded and the images (films and photos) on my Apple were top quality. I backed them up on a DVD-R to keep a safe copy. BUT if my recorded DVD-R plays on my Apple, it won't play either on my PC " or on my DVD player. It says 'disk unsupported format', or it only shows one view, the first still frame of my first film!!!
Also, each time I stop recording and start again later it creates a new "file". When I view my films on computer I have to click on each 'file' individually to play it as a film. It would be better if it played automatically one 'file' after the other without interruption. Maybe it is possible to do that, but I am unable to find out how.
I phoned the Service Support Hotline number for UK and got a German person only able to stutter "colleague absent, e-mail".
An expert in electronics could probably solve all these problems and get this wonderful gadget to reproduce effortlessly what it has recorded inside its mechanism. As a user in her mid-seventies I do my best to educate myself, but my ageing brains has its limits.
In conclusion, 'je ne regrette rien'. I love my PenCam and one day it will return my love unconditionnally!
Quality of videos and stills is very good for a device of this sort.
As others have commented, the printed instructions are rather inadequate, though people used to connecting USB devices to computers should be able to use most functions.
A printed addendum documents additional software (provided on the device) to facilitate video upload to YouTube. I haven't tried this.
The 3" CD supplied includes a PDF copy of an E-Manual which is mostly like the printed one, with a little extra information, such as how to connect the unit to a PC or TV.
The CD also includes a Quick Time program to read the videos (if you don't already have a suitable program on your PC), and Media Impression, which seems to be a program to organize your photos, videos and music. I haven't installed it, and it would be better if they explained what it did rather than just expecting you to install it.
One thing they don't explain anywhere is how to use the device as an MP3 player, which IMO is more useful than the associated voice recorder. The sound through the supplied (earbud) earphones is very good, but I found to necessary to fit foam pads (not supplied) or they keep falling out of my ears. Foam pads also improve the sound.
Another thing not explained is how to set the date/time so the files don't all come out with a 01/01/2098 time stamp.Read more ›
I got this camera because I thought it would suit me and my disability. I think I made a mistake as I've done better using my mobile phone.
If you're looking for a camera that is compact and will be used mainly indoors then this is for you, otherwise look elsewhere.
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This helps me in my job to catch dodgy people excellent productPublished 16 months ago by leobuckley
driver left it when i was out for the day by side door you knows the rest it was not there when i went to look for it as he put a postcard through the door what a plonker, both... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Keith Russell
Much better than I though it would be.
I did not expect much for the price but what you get is a well built piece of kit that is easy to use as well as being well built. Read more