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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as standard, stills-shot card, battery and tape replace without taking off tripod - Disadvantages: P/sonic may have withdrawn this as too much camcorder for the price!