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I miss my Elura 50
on July 25, 2006
Hi folks, I've owned my Elura 50 for two years and recently dropped it in the mountains and killed it...
I've looked around for a replacement and to my disappointment found out that Canon did not come up with a "new" version or another vertical camcorder to replace E50. So I turned to other manufacturers in hope of finding something equally small and of good quality.
There is nothing out there that compares to Elura 50.
The features I look for: must be very small and vertical - must have low/night shooting capability - quality recording.
The closest size-wise was Sony Pc55, unfortunatelly its video quality was awful and it lacked indoor / low light capability.
The next was Sony Pc109. Sony claimed they managed to produce such small camera by shifting some functions onto an included docking station. Well, Elura 50 was smaller with all those and other functions right on board! Pc109 hardly fit in my hand, was very awkward to handle and lacked many features.
Elura 50 is still THE SMALLEST camcorder around. It is excellently designed. It fits perfectly in your hand. All features are VERY easily accessed with your thumb.
I love the vertical design of Elura 50 and can't imagine going back to standard "horizontal" cameras.
Video quality was excellent. Night shooting on Mexican zocalos produced fabulous video footage of night-life (in full color). I'm not sure about the quality of still pictures as I never took any.
Microphone location was excellent: it was on top of the camcorder allowing user to comment on footage with a whisper. Sound was excellent, picking up everything, distant and close up.
Special effects galore! Plenty of all kinds of neat effect you can apply to your footage (way more than in Sony).
All connections (s-video, firewire, a/v out, power etc) were all built into the camera - with no need for additional docking stations.
All that being said, there were some issues with the camera:
The CCD sensor was replaced by canon past warranty period when it was determined to be at fault (The CCD manufacturer who supplies Canon and Sony and others, released a CCD that broke, affecting many brands of camcorders).
Battery life was rather poor delivering only about 50 minutes of footage, fortunately batteries are small and carrying spares was no problem.
My advise to anyone seeking a digital video camcorder that is small and delivers good quality footage: get an Elura 50 while it is still available from some retailers. Nothing else compares. Pay with a credit card that doubles the warranty period.