Top positive review
Good for the price
on 25 February 2013
It works and it's very handy so in practice I use it more than a big Panasonic camcorder. Points to mention:
There is no hood over the lens so any pictures/movies with the sun or bright sky in view means the view is smeared out by a wash of light over the lens. Lots of clips have been ruined this way. By putting your other hand over the lens to shade it, acceptable results are obtained. A short black tube glued over the lens would fix it. And yes, I do keep the lens clean.
The zoom function is purely digital so close ups are useless due to pixellation. With the viewfinder screen being so small one can't see this at the time. But - you get what you pay for - just remember not to use zoom.
Does hang up occasionally so one has to reset it. No big deal, but really shouldn't happen.
The 'share' software is intrusive. As soon as you plug the camera into a pc with the software loaded it wants to share it with facebook or whatever and it's irritating to have to shut down the programme each time. Of course - fine if you really do want to share, but this should be an opt-in function, not opt-out.
All in all, I like it.