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Use for video only
on March 10, 2009
Had high hopes for this product. Video quality is disappointing for what I had hoped, but a clear improvement over similar cameras from 2-3 years ago. I wanted it for filming stage performances, and the spotlights washed out the faces, and this couldn't be adjusted with exposure settings. The zoom is digital only, and not smooth. As a still camera, it suffers from poor flash placement, and a very weak light, and no jitter-compensation. Since it is hard to hold for stills, this makes it almost useless as a photo camera -- too bad, as photo quality is not bad, if you can somehow steady the thing enough. Voice recording quality on video is weak, and mono only. No external mic jack. Voice-only recording quality is inferior to similar-priced voice-only recorders.
Good features are the external SD card, so you can hold much more video than a Flip camera, and it interfaces with a PC well. It has the screw opening on the base for a tripod. The monitor screen is large.
For the price it is good for many simpler video requirements, but for a little more money you can get Kodaks with better features. Compared to a Flip with only 1 hour of recording time it holds up well. MJF.