Top critical review
105 people found this helpful
Don't believe the hype
on 1 February 2011
I decided to give myself some time to play around with this camera, thinking that I could give a fair and honest review rather than just jumping on my initial thoughts about it.
Initially, I really wanted a HD camcorder in order to record short videos to post on You Tube. After browsing about on the internet I found that this one was pretty popular in the You Tube world, and found that quality test videos and reviews on You Tube were pretty positive.
However, upon using it for the first time I was quite disappointed. It seems that you only get good quality video when you film in a well lit environment. This may sound like an obvious assumption from the start, but to be honest, with the technology people are able to develop today, you'd think that we may be able to get our hands on something that will do a decent job in an environment that isn't as clear as daylight.
I filmed a video indoors, in a room with windows and daylight peering through, but yet the video quality once it had been transferred to my computer was pretty horrendous. There appeared to be no texture or detail in the face of the person on camera, and the colours didn't even blend well at all.
But before I decided to give a final opinion I thought I would at least try it outside - the results were very different. I tried it outside, filming the exterior of the Emirates Stadium, on an overcast day, and found that facial details were very present, and the overall video quality looked pretty darn good! The sound quality is nothing to complain about, I must add.
I find this a real shame, as it seems this camera only does half a job, producing good quality video in outside with daylight, and mediocre/horrible quality inside where the lighting may even be slightly below average. I really cannot understand where other customers get the opinion that this camera produces "excellent/great video/picture quality" - I would very much like to see some examples to prove my opinion wrong.
In terms of the physical product itself, I really appreciate it. It's a sturdy and solid product which provides the user with a fine grip. Additionally, I was expecting the silver sides to be a glossy finish, which I would have been somewhat against, due to this sort of material attracting more fingermarks. However, I was glad to see that my camera came with a matte finish, and practically does not show any fingermarks whatsoever.
The software is somewhat decent if one only plans to make basic alterations to their videos, such as trimming, joining and overlaying their videos with another audio track - the 'FlipShare' software caters these. One good point for joining videos with this software is that it automatically fades into the next clip from the previous, which can add a nice effect for basic video editors.
If I could improve anything about this product it would definitely have to been the video quality for lighting that is indoors, as well as the camera's 2x Digital zoom - something greater would be much appreciated.
If you're just wanting to film general videos, then this is an okay product to go for. But if you want to be a bit more professional with what you film, then I would have to recommend that you invest more money and buy something more professional.