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BEWARE! Terrible battery life, Do not waste your money.
on March 12, 2013
Do NOT buy this camera! I have owned one of these Epic HD 1080p cameras for a little over a year, warrantied it twice, and of all three have never had one that worked correctly. The advertised battery life is 1 hour for alkaline batteries and 4 hours for energizer ultimate lithium batteries. After trying multiple types of batteries AND memory cards as suggested by GSM's customer service, I found the actual battery life to be 1 hour for energizer ultimate lithium batteries at $10 per 4 pack and ONLY 10 MINUTES for energizer max or similar alkaline batteries. I have waited for over a year to write this review because I was hoping to review a working camera. During the first year, customer service was extremely helpful, mailing me a new camera two separate times, although I had to pay for return shipping on the defective cameras. After the one year warranty period was up, I was refused any further service regardless of the fact that I never received a camera that functioned as advertised. For the price of this camera plus batteries to capture just 5 hours of video, you could purchase a GoPro that includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery, which i have since done. I also tried rechargeable aaa batteries, but because these put out 1.2 volts versus the 1.5 volts of non rechargeable aaa batteries, the camera would die after only 30 seconds. Filming with this camera IS NOT COST EFFECTIVE. For anyone thinking of purchasing this camera, i would seriously consider purchasing ANY OTHER camera that includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery even if it is twice as much.