Product Type: Alba digital camcorders
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A lovely little camera for a beginner but not to catch magical moments
Alba Pocket Camcorder
Member Name: Diva1983
Alba Pocket Camcorder
Advantages: Easy to use, affordable
Disadvantages: Not much memory
I was looking for a camera to keep in my baby changing bag to catch magical moments and thought at the bargain price of under £40.00 this camera not only looks great but came fully loaded with functions.
So what do you get for the price? A small pocket size camera that has a 8x digital zoom, the option of taking stills (saved as jpegs) and features such as fade and auto focus. So pretty much everything you would expect in a camcorder suitable for a beginner. It runs on AA batteries, and how much you can record at any one time depends on the size of the memory card. Internal memory isn't that big (we got a few seconds of filming onto it) so the larger the memory card the more you can fit onto it. This camcorder takes SDHC or SD cards, which can be purchased online at quite a reasonable price.
So what do I think of the camera. It's a great camera for beginners-if the beginner is a child. It's straight forward point and shoot technology makes it easy to use for children and say those who have never used a camcorder before in their lives. The quality of the filming and photos is average, however for the price you cannot expect to get mega quality photos to convert poster prints. I think if you put the functions and price into prospective this camera does exactly what is says on the tin. The sound quality leaves a to be desired, but then for the price perfect crisp sound isn't really an option. Batteries will need frequent changing so it's best to buy the best you can rather than the cheaper ones that run out quicker.
Easy to use, ideal as a back up camera, but not as a main camera to catch things like Birthday parties.
Buy it for your little one, but don't take it too seriously as it would be better branded as a children's first camcorder.
Summary: Ideal camcorder for a child/beginner
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