"Nice camera, just what I needed."4.0 starson by escee
Pros: Good pic quality, compact size, easy to use, nice features.
Cons: Saw purple fringing in some bright scenes.
Summary: This is one nice little camera.
The overall picture quality is quite
good. I did notice purple fringing
around some objects in bright scenes
but no big deal. I have been using it
outside only, havn't tried using it
inside just yet.
The size is great. I can slip this
into my coat pocket without much problem.
The controls are pretty well placed
and easy to learn. Features such as
analog-to-digital conversion is good
to have. I'll probably use it some days
to convert old tapes.
This camera has decent zoom (20x). I was
considering this and the ZR700 which is
about the same price. Went with the
Elura 100 due to better pic quality
from a review I read.
The ability to capture to SD card is nice
to have, although, serious picture takers
should get a real camera instead. 1MP
just doesn't cut it.
I like the true widescreen feature. This
is great for the newer tv sets. Battery
life is decent. Probably a good idea to
get an extra BP-208 (I think) for around
This little camcorder is an excellent
value for the money (paid $309 for it).Updated
BTW, my reason for going with MiniDV was that I intended to do lots of editing of the video. From reading about Mini DVD, I learned that their picture quality is not as good since the video is saved as MPEG-2 unlike MiniDV which can be saved onto a computer in a less compressed AVI file. I found that this is more flexible and convenient.
I have been video taping for several weeks now and my solution to storing the original video is to transfer the footage onto my computer as AVI files and save those AVI files onto a DVD. These files are as good as the original files on the MiniDV tape and I can work with them to create my final DVD later.Updated
My main reason for purchasing MiniDV instead of Mini DVD was due to the picture quality. From researching, I learned that MiniDV has better picture quality than Mini DVD. Also it's easier to transfer footage to computer and that was one of my main intention.
I have been taking video for several weeks now and I'm pretty satisfied with the Elura 100. My solution for storing the original footage is to save the footage onto my computer as AVI files and burn them onto DVD. The quality remains the same and I can reuse the MiniDV tape. I can then use the footage on the DVD to create my final DVD which plays back on regular dvd players.