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I was instantly amazed. Not only is it very small indeed, in fact, to my horror people often confused it for a camera rather than camcorder until the screen appeared! The camera is full useful functionality: * a flip-out screen which is touch sensitive controlling the fast forward, rewind, camera settings and special effects (fade in and out, colour or b&w etc). * The Long-play function gives 90 minutes of recording from a 60 minute tape * It has very clever night and super night settings which enabled me to take clear pictures from an underground, unlit aquarium. The picture at this point does look like a negative (white eyes) but the subject is instantly recognisable. * The microphone is not great unless the subject is very load or close up. However, a £60 JVC clip-on battery powered mic has easily fixed that problem. * The battery life is adequate at around 60 mins for the standard. Reduced use of the side screen or rewind/fast forward will give maximum battery use. The £130 3hr optional battery (while bulky) is a useful addition when you're on holiday * Being small means that it comfortably fits into a small bag * The auto-focus is pin sharp and very rapid * 40x digital zoom means that you can pick up aeroplanes in the sky as if they were nearby * With the correct digital tapes on screen editing and subtitles are possible * The leads and infrared control with the camera mean that you can plug the camera into your television or VCR for playback or record to VHS easily. * An £80 Belkin USB adapter will allow MPEG or JPEG download to PC in seconds. Picture Quality is outstanding * There are a host of accessories from wide-angle lenses to waterproof cases which means that this little camcorder will fit your every need, your wallet and your pocket!
Camcorders are becoming smaller and smaller each and every day. The size of this unit is the closest step to a "shirt pocket" video recorder when compared to any other. It's the ultimate go anywhere video camcorder and digital camera. The Pro Quality optics that are built in are fantastic and with the use of the attachable, ultra-light, optional lens you can create Professional Panoramic shots of just about anything. The add on lens is a perfect compliment to this useful picture taking tool. It's a functional tool that's the size of a disposable camera too. This palm-sized, paperback-book shaped, ultra light tiny cam has many uses and applications even for the more advanced videographer.