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46 people found this helpful
on 17 January 2002
I picked up one of these recently, to replace a VHS-C model. I've been very happy with it on the whole. I wanted to make the move to digital, but couldn't afford the silly money being asked on the High Street, or anywhere else for that matter, for most of the high end models.
First, Let's address the comments in the previous reviews: Is it cheap and plasticky? No. I won't argue against it being predominantly plastic, but the build quality is fine. It's a good compact size and it doesn't weigh too much.
Is the motor noisy? Yes, it does sound noisy compared to some more expensive models and when I used the playback on the camcorder it sounded noisy. However, when I hooked it up to my TV and played back what was actually recorded, I couldn't hear the motors at all. In fact I was blown away by the image quality that DV offers and the sound was also superb.
This is a great entry level camcorder. It has a good set of features, is supplied with all the accessories you need (except a Mini DV tape) and most importantly of all, is very simple to use.
After opening the box, it took about one and a half hours to charge the battery. By this time I'd digested enough of the manual to be able to record, playback and hook up to the TV without any hassle. My wife got to grips with it straight away too, thanks to the auto settings, which is important, as she uses it more than me to be honest for filming the kids.
There are some good additional manual features available for when you get the time to delve into them, but the bottom line is: This is a great way to get a digital camcorder for typical family use, without having to get a second mortgage.
I understand why the previous reviews say what they do, and don't want to give the impression that this is a perfect camcorder, but if you aren't prepared to spend several hundred pounds more, you'll struggle to do better than this.