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My old video camera before it was stolen by pikeys.
This machine excelled at everything. Picture quality is loads better than my new Sony. Also the IR night vision works better too.
Had this for about 4 years with no problems at all.
Battery life with the supplied battery is about 30 mins. Larger capacity batteries are availabe that'll give about an hour.
Good old fashioned forward and reverse buttons or playback. In fact all the switches and buttons seem very sturdy and well made.
There are loads of fun settings in the menu..my kids loved the 'mirror' setting which doubles the image up and makes people look as though they some sort of monster.
Motion sensor was good fun! ( used to leave it on all night for ghost hunting)
I can honestly say that if anybody wants a cheap video camera that ticks all the boxes..go for this one.
better than Sony for the price - Advantages: light, compact but not too fiddly-small, x15 optical zoom, manual features, SD card. IN?OUT as standard, stills-shot card, battery and tape replace without taking off tripod - Disadvantages: P/sonic may have withdrawn this as too much camcorder for the price!
Panasonic's wide range of e.cam models with SD memory card gives you ways to enjoy all facets of video making, from taking the shots to editing the pictures to sharing the fun. DS38 is designed for high-performance digital video and easy networking. Packed with Panasonic's advanced digital video technology, the compact DS38 gives you top picture quality, easy operation and exciting e.cam performance.
Progressive Photoshot gives you beautiful still images with 1.5 times the normal resolution whilst Super Image Stabilizer compensates for hand shake to ensure smooth, jitter-free shots. 0-lux Nightview and motion sensor mean that you can record even when it is too dark to see, and the motion sensor automatically captures moving objects. In the DS38 the stereo zoom microphone is linked with the operation of the zoom lens so that even distant sounds are recorded faithfully and the Smart Wind-Cut function reduces wind noise to produce high-quality, true-to-life audio recording. Just slide an SD memory card into the DS38's slot and you're ready to store images, which can then be uploaded to your PC and then attached to an e-mail, posted to a website or used in countless other ways. The DS38 also offers DV input and output terminals to expand your creative options.