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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2012
This camera is very cheap feeling and even cheaper in its operation. The thing just isn't useful for most situations. The firmware of the camera is bad and it often requires a shutdown/restart operation before it will start recording. You press the big red button, and nothing happens. You have to turn it off, then turn it back on, then you can record a video. But DON"T MOVE too much@!@ Any shaking of this camera can jostle the memory card. This causes the camera to immediately save your video or lose it all together. Finally, the cam often freezes up for no reason at all. When this happens you have to hold the power button down for 10 seconds before the camera will shut down.
Now, the video quality? Also horrible. I don't know how they get away with calling it "HD". I have several VERY cheap mini cameras (808 keychain cams) that cost me around $15. The video quality of this RCA is similar to those super-cheap cams.
So, save your money. If you need a really cheap cam, look into the "808 camera" or "mini-dv camera" styles. They have their limitations but they are more reliable than this RCA. I also have a Flip brand Mino-HD camera that is VERY nice, sturdy, well made, and reliable. That camera films in true quality High Definition. Good luck!