5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
excellent quality for the price
, August 8, 2011
* Instructions in the manual are brief, but adequate. Setup and use of the camcorder is quick and easy.
* The camera is very small (2.16 in X1.1 in X .8") and light (1.76 oz). I use mine on bike helmet without knowing it's there.
* Solidly built out of metal.
* Very good picture quality for its size (640X480 VGA or 2 mega pixels). Videos look good even when shown on my video projector. Records at up to 30 fps so videos are not jerky.
* Excellent focus, exposure and color controls - readily adjust to most light conditions (1 lux min). I can use mine 15-20 minutes before sunrise or shortly after sunset and get very good videos.
* Good battery life - about 2 - 3 hours. Can be recharged using a USB port. If you want to recharge in the field, you either need a laptop with USB port or a battery to USB charger. Don't forget your cable that comes with the camcorder.
* Videos can be activated by sound of 65 decibels or greater - shuts off automatically after no sound for 2 minutes. This can be useful to start/stop camcorder when on switch is hard to reach, but only if you are doing an activity that is making enough noise such as biking off-road.
* The built-in microphone picks up voices very well. Picks up my voice even when the camera is on top of bike helmet and other noises are in background. This allows voice annotation of video being recorded if desired.
* There is a fluttering noise in background during recording when there are not any background noises. However, this is not noticeable when other noises are being picked up.
* The microphone picks up lots of wind noise if you are moving faster than walking while recording. You might try taping a small strip of cloth over the microphone holes to see if it will help with this problem.
* It's interesting that all my videos so far indicate that they were modified Dec 31, 2000 12:00 am. However, the times and date of the video creation have been correct.
* The instruction manual indicated that a CD was included with the kit for loading the proper driver for interfacing the camcorder with my PC, but one was not included. Fortunately, Windows Vista OS loaded the proper driver and everything worked fine when I plugged the camcorder into a USB port on my PC. However, the manual does give the URL for the Veho web site if you need to download a driver.
* The camcorder comes with a holder with a clothespin type clip, but I highly recommend purchasing the Extreme Sports Pack if you want to securely attach your camera to a helmet or other equipment. The kit comes with plenty of straps and clips that make it possible to securely attach the camcorder to almost anything.
* Recording at 2 Mega Pixels will use up a lot of memory. The instruction manual indicates that 45 minutes of recording requires 1 Gb of storage, but I found that it requires closer to 1 Gb for every 30 minutes. I highly recommend getting a 8 Gb Micro SD Card (max size allowed). The battery will last up to 3 hours which means that you will need up to 6 Gb of storage to use it that long recording continuously.
* During long recording sessions, files are automatically saved as 30 minute recordings. These separate recordings are easy to seam together with simple video editing programs without any noticeable gaps.