Archos Gmini402 20 GB Camcorder and Multimedia Player
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- Multi-tasking 20 GB multimedia player with integrated video camcorder/still camera
- Capture up to 50 hours of video (MPEG 4 SP); 2x digital zoom; 1.2 megapixel still resolution
- Compatible with MP3, WMA, WAV, protected WMA, MPEG-4, WMV and protected Windows Media Video
- Plays back MPEG-4 SP video with B-Frames with stereo sound; displays JPEG photos
- Up to 10 hours of battery life for music playback, 4 hours for video playback, and 2 hours for video capture
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CL) AA) ARCHOS GMINI 402 CAMCORDER
Take your favorite music and video with you wherever you roam with the Archos Gmini 402 Pocket Camcorder and Multimedia Player, and capture personal videos and photos with the integrated video camcorder. It features an internal 20 GB hard drive--which stores up to 80 hours of video, 200,000 still photos, and up to 10,000 songs--2.2-inch TFT LCD screen, and a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 10 hours of battery life when listening to music, 4 hours when watching video, or 2 hours when recording video. Ultra-slim and sleekly designed, the Gmini 402 measures just 0.7 inches thick and 4.1 inches wide and it weighs just 6.65 ounces. It's compatible with a wide variety of digital audio, image, and video files, including protected Windows Media content downloaded from multiple PlaysForSure online music services and stores.
Record your personal videos in MPEG 4 format directly to your Gmini 402 Camcorder. Five different modes of resolution are available to suit your needs. In low mode, you may capture up to 50 hours of your personal videos and 13 hours of your personal videos and 13 hours in high resolution (VGA). The Gmini 402 Camcorder also features a digital zoom 2x. With DSC function, your Gmini 402 Camcorder can be used as a still camera, allowing you to take photos with maximum resolution of 1.2 mega pixels.
The Gmini 402 offers audio compatibility with MP3, WMA, protected WMA, and WAV files and still image compatibility with JPEG and BMP files. For video files, the Gmini 402 can play MPEG-4 SP files with B-Frames (compatible with DivX and XviD 4.0 or higher) and stereo sound. You'll get near DVD quality, with up to 720 x 480 pixels at 30 fps (frames per second) in the NTSC format (U.S. video standard), or 720 x 576 pixels at 25 fps in the PAL format. In addition to watching video from the player's LCD, you can also connect the Gmini 402 to a TV with standard RCA A/V output. It also has a standard mini headphone jack. Record from any standard audio source with high-quality stereo sound via the stereo analog line-in connection or record voice or live music with the built-in microphone. Files will be saved on the Gmini 402 in WAV format.
The Gmini 402 Camcorder has a USB Host Port that lets you to copy, share, connect and transfer files directly from other powered mass storage devices such as digital cameras, card readers, USB keys, and powered portable hard drives. Play back directly any compatible contents on the external hard drive connected to your Gmini 402 Camcorder (no data transfer needed). The Gmini 402 Camcorder also features a high-speed USB 2.0 interface to connect your device to your PC or Mac and easily transfer contents.
Transfer photos directly from your digital camera or from another mass storage device using the built-in USB host connection, or from a computer using the high-speed USB 2.0 interface. Store up to up to 200,000 photos. Organize photos in easy thumbnail or slideshow views, and view them on the Gmini 402 Camcorder screen or any external display.
The 2.2-inch TFT LCD screen has a 220 x 176-pixel resolution with 262,000 colors. It connects to Windows-based PCs and Macs via super-fast USB 2.0 (which is also backwards compatible with USB 1.1)
What's in the Box
Gmini 402 Camcorder and Multimedia Player, earphones, USB cable, USB Host adaptor, AC power charger, Quick Start Guide (full user guide in Gmini 402 Hard Drive), protective pouch
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1. The video camera works very well for an all in one product although the sound is kind of muffled.
2. Media player works great for music and videos, as long as you have an updated version of windows media player to convert all the files.
3. Can't tell you much about customer service but downloading and converting software from the archos site is a little annoying especially trying to get some of the older updates for the media player
4. the gameplayer is really pretty fun and simple it's no psp but it does offer more than the psp.
5. works very well as portable hard drive but still have not figured out how to read other portable harddrives.
6. all in all a very nice all in one machine. if your just looking for either a specific single tasker try to find something else. but if you like multitaskers this is a good deal and a heck of a buy.
Great battery life; it lasted for 6 days and about 9 hours of use before I returned it to the store and the level indicator was at 50%+. There is NOWHERE to put a wrist strap or lanyard and thats the main reason I returned it.
If this was redesigned with a no-slip design, case, or wrist strap and better menus, this product would rock.
It has a little smaller hard drive than devices like the Cowon X5 and the Toshiba Gigabeat, but to me this wasn't really a problem, 20 GB was fine. The design of the the Gmini is ok, personally I like the looks of the Gigabeat, and (while not an I-Pod fan) the I-Pod better. It looks a little too much like a gameboy or some kind of game only device. But function won out in that battle, and I had to go with the Gmini.
For those interested in the USB host function, after comparing devices for a couple weeks I found out a few things about the other devices that I didn't like; the Gigabeat for example can only use 2 GB of its 30 GB for photos dumped from your digital camera, and I am pretty sure you can not view those dumped photos either. The Cowon X5 does allow you to view images, but limits the size of individual pictures to 2.5MB each. The Gmini does not have any of these limitations, and has a great viewer for the images as well.
Aside from the USB Host function, all the other features on it have been great. The camera is obviously not real good, but I wasn't really expecting it to be. The camcorder on the other hand isn't bad, obviously its no sony handycam, but not bad. The video player is cool, but i don't foresee using it too much. And as I mentioned before the MP3 player, is pretty much all I could ask for, album art, ID3 compatible, good sound as far as I can tell. Battery life so far has been decent, though simply comparing stats with other devices, it is probably not quite as good.
Overall this has been a great device, and I look forward to using it a lot!
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