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Sharp VLWD255U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5'' Viewscreen, Smart Media Slot and Built-in Digital Still Mode (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- MiniDV camcorder
- 26x optical, 780x digital zoom with digital image stabilization
- 2.5-inch color LCD monitor and color EVF
- Photo mode records still images onto tape or SmartMedia card (not included)
- Uses an included lithium-ion battery; package includes remote control, battery, charger, lens cap, serial cable for still image transfers, and video cables
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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Item Dimensions||7 x 4 x 4 inches|
|Item Weight||1.53 pounds|
|Media Format Digital Video||MiniDV|
|Media Type||Mini DV|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||460,000 Pixels|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||5 pounds|
For those interested in still pictures, the VL-WD255U comes with the capability to record digital images onto either a MiniDV tape or SmartMedia card (not included). The camcorder comes equipped with four autoexposure modes that help make sure all your camera settings are correct. A 16:9 mode lets you shoot video in the same aspect ratio as feature films. The VL-WD255U comes equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and remote control.
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Top Customer Reviews
Now the unit itself is manageable with one hand. Image Stabilization is noticeable and effective. Its zoom range, both optical and digital, is the most powerful of any digital cam. Of note, the lens is made by Canon. While such magnification suffers at the high end, it's still there and usable with a tripod. It's packed with features similar to high end cams and not present on high end analog cams: smartmedia slot, image stabilization, cat eye illumination. Misgivings: PCMIA connection to computer to download smart media (doesn't matter to me), cumbersome menus and dial, lack of S-Video and IEEE1394 cables.
All in all, as I mentioned, the best bang for the buck...so long as the rebate exists.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Shame on Sharp for putting out such trash. Bought this in August of 2001 and now have been out of a camcorder for a year (since 2004). Read morePublished on January 4, 2006 by Amanda Schexnailder
The bad reviews hit all of the problems with this camera right on the head. THIS CAMCORDER IS A PIECE OF JUNK. Eject tape issue, pixelated audio and video... Read morePublished on June 21, 2005 by T. Ruthkoski
I bought at the end of 2001, and I too have been getting these "eject the cassette" messages! Read morePublished on July 3, 2004 by Sarah A. Stauffacher
I bought this in summer of 2001, it worked fine for a year and then it started giving garbled play back, Eject tape and eating tape. Read morePublished on May 31, 2004
I bought this camcorder in November of 2001. In the first year I only used it a handful of times and got several "Eject The Cassette" messages. Read morePublished on May 23, 2004 by P. Velgos
This the worst. Eats up tape. I smell class action lawsuit, but its not worth it b/c it was so cheap.Published on March 9, 2004
I get the "eject the cassette" message as well, and Sharp is EXTREMELY unhelpful. I'd say it works without eating tape only about 50% of the time. Pathetic. Read morePublished on February 29, 2004 by family of 8 in mesa, az
Same problem. After two year I brought this (even I didn't use it so often, about 10 hours total in the past two years), got the same "eject the cassette" problem. Read morePublished on February 14, 2004