Aiptek GO-HD High Definition 720p Camcorder with 3x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Record at 1280 x 720 resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio
- Equipped with a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor for shooting high-quality digital photos
- Use HDTV component output to display your high-definition video clips and still pictures on your TV
- Conveniently recharge your battery via USB
- Removable hard disk and SD/MMC card reader
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|Item Dimensions||3.2 x 8 x 10 inches|
|Item Weight||1.81 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1,000 Milliamp Hours|
|Media Type||SD Card|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||5 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||2.85 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||720p_hd|
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From the Manufacturer
Aiptek has pushed the envelope yet again, bringing a true HD 720P camcorder into the spotlight with the GO-HD! GO-HD captures true to life, vibrant colors and astonishing High Definition images like you've never seen, right in the palm of your hand. The GO-HD comprises 720P (1280x720 resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio) at 30 frames per second using advanced H.264 technology. And with a 3x Optical Zoom with Auto-Focus you're sure to capture the finest quality and detail in every moment. The GO-HD also functions as a 5-megapixel digital camera with a CMOS sensor and auto focus, giving you even more quality choices on how you want to capture the moment. Replaying your images is a snap as the GO-HD offers virtually unlimited choices and compatibility. You can choose to view your HD images instantly by playing them back on the GO-HDs 270-degree, swivel-reversible 2.4-inch TFT color LCD display or connect the GO-HD directly to your HDTV, HD monitor, standard TV or PC. Once in a lifetime moments, family events, outings, or just goofing around can now be captured, replayed and re-lived in a whole new way.
Aiktek GO-HD Highlights
1280 x 720 resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio (30/fps) for recording movies The GO-HD camcorder delivers 720P high-definition video quality to provide a whole new high-quality DV experience. One-touch recording allows you to capture stunning HD video clips at 30 frames per second with advanced H.264 technology.
3x optical zoom w/auto focus Bring your subject closer to get the best image with the 3x optical zoom with auto focus.
Swivel-reversible, 2.4-inch TFT color LCD display Review and playback your HD video clips and hi-res pictures in real time. The LCD swivels 270 degrees for unlimited video and photo capture.
2-inch Macro Zoom The GO-HD will capture 2-inch close-up pictures or video clips with Macro Zoom.
Night Shot Enhance image quality while capturing photos in darker environments with your GO-HD.
LED lights Built-in LED lights on your GO-HD for video recording in dark/low light situations.
Recharge Battery via USB Conveniently charge your new GO-HD via the USB cable when connected to your PC or use the AC charger cable included. No need to remove battery from camera.
HDTV component output Connect your GO-HD to your HDTV component input ports to display your high-definition video clips and still pictures, sharing them with friends and family.
Removable hard disk and SD/MMC card reader The GO-HD allows you to use up to 8GB of SD card storage to record longer video before having to upload to your PC. (No internal memory).
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Docking station [called "Instant Theater" ] is for the most part a box padding [really is an alarm clock or whatever, I don't get it]. This "dock" doesn't really integrate well with this camera as it is designed for the lower end Aipek cams with mp3 function (this doesn't have that). It was hope that you could charge the battery or cam and it doesn't. You can only charge one battery at a time (there are 2 batteries in the box, last 30 minutes each) with either USB or DC adapter.
I ordered an 8GB SDHC card and it hasn't arrived yet so using a 512 MB card for now. The manual doesn't address the SDHC (at least the printed one), but I believe the web site at Aiptek does.
You save a lot of $$ over the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2, but the Sanyo does offer HDMI and 10X zoom. Most HD video files are so large that it is hard to computer-edit. I've found these files small enough with the H.264 codec that it isn't too bad. One can use NERO to do this [DVD burner suite]. The low light video is simply fantastic at this price point. The cons are mainly sound [mono only], lack of fine controls [maybe a plus], fantastic sills at 5 megapixels, no videotape, and small pocket size. THIS ISN'T A CHEAPIE TOY, it is well-built.
Two batteries came with mine ~ but remember only 30 minutes with each battery for video. You can charge through USB or AC adapter.
Amazon price with docking bay was $236!! Including overnight shipping :)
Very small and lightweight
HD video quality - HELLO!
SD card expansion up to 8 GIG
Good screen quality
2 batteries included (also see dis-likes)
Comes with belt loop case
Aiptek support seems to be lacking, but the Internet groups make up for it
Metal tripod threads on bottom
VERY quick on and off times - under 3 seconds to be shooting film
Controls on camera are placed nicely but take some getting used to
Decent strobe flash and LED's DO help with video in darkness
Nightshot is very good - again, turn it on in a dark room
LOVE the fact I can film then stick the SD card into my computer for immediate playback!
Dispite what others say, it's built pretty rugged.
Though there is no "lens cover" it's actually a peice of glass mounted level on the nose covering the "actual" lens. So it's sorta like a "see-through" cover.
Battery doesn't last long - 30 minutes (got to carry spare with you)
Can't charge spare battery outside of camera
Takes 2.5 HOURS to charge battery!
No lens cover
Battery / SD door comes up to easy
Battery isn't "snug" in the case
When zoomed in the image and video gets darker to VERY dark depending on zoom level you attained - zoom is also kinda slow
Flappy door thing for usb port and HD video - they usually break off
No manual focus - focus seems slower than other cameras but still works
Power button is poorly placed, under the video screen (dah). You got to lift the screen up to turn it on, but by lifting the screen up you DO turn it on - so really it's just a "power off" button..
Overall I'm pleased with the camera. I'm replacing a Sony DV camera I've had for 7 years. My goal was to find something I could afford, that takes both digital video and photo right to a memory card, has as good of quality, and stands up to the test of time.
Minus the "time" part since it's only been 2 days - I think I attained my goal.
I like the camera and plan to use it on my up-coming Disney trip with the family!
If you want a cheap and basic video on the go, it's a great little gadget.
I saw the Aiptek on someone's blog somewhere and was astonished at the price. After reading a few reviews, I was skeptical but still drawn to the size of the camera, the HD capability, and its price.
After three+ weeks of use, I am very very pleased with the quality of this camera. I would be less satisfied, of course, if this were a $1000+ camera. At this price, though, and for our purposes, the number of features and image results are excellent.
Some reviews complain about the battery life but, this has not been an issue for me. Perhaps it is the nature of my shots, but, I seem to get as many 1 to 2 minute takes as I ever want. Who wants to watch a thirty minute shot of almost anything (school plays and ball games, excepted).
Long story short, to record HD images where sound is not paramount, clips aren't going to be too long, and available lighting is ample, the Aiptek Go-HD is a terrific value.
UPDATED! 14 months later and I'm editing my review (which I forgot I made) to say I had a little trouble with the camera. I contacted Aiptek, knowing I was out of warranty and doubting I'd get much help. They got back to me in 24 hours with a solution that set my camera right in 10 seconds. GO-HD! Go Aiptek!
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