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on 12 May 2010
I should start by saying I have returned this item as I was distinctly unimpressed with it.
I am realistic enough to realise that at this price you will not get a top of the range HD camcorder and to read the tech specs you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a viable purchase.
First the good, its reasonably well made, comes with a good array of accessories (leads/carry case) and initially is quite impressive footage wise (supports 720 as well as 1080).
However, once you have spent an hour or so with it you begin to see why to me it is almost unusable. Primarily my biggest issue was once you have 'saved' your settings you find that the next time you turn it on they have reset to the defaults. This happens every time you turn it off! Frustrating enough normally but if you are at an event where your taking small clips over a period of a couple of hours or so absolutely infuriating.
Which leads on to the fact that if you are taking handheld footage you have to turn the stabilty on each time otherwise the footage can be nauseating and tbh, even when it is on the difference is marginal.
I have never used a product that resets itself everytime you turn it off although date and time stay consistent.
Footage isn't bad in perfect conditions (they soon deteriorate in less than ideal) although the colours are 'bloomy' and oversaturated and the audio wasn't bad. Motion is very poor unless you pan sloooowly.
If you can overlook this momentous over sight then it probably is good value for money but my advice is to steer well clear, spend a bit more if you can or go real budget as there is no middle ground with this product.