Pros Ultra small, thin, light weight. Very easy to use.
Cons Poor video quality. I cannot believe they are able yo market this as an "HD" product.
Summary In hind sight, I wish I would have tried the non HD version and saved the few extra bucks. I think the CNET review on this product is accurate, but don't under estimate the poor video quality. It looks terrible on any playback format, including playback on your computer in a small window. Anyone expecting anything even close to HD quality will be very disappointed.
Pros A child could use this.
Cons Only a child should use this.
image quality, ergonomics, viewing screen, flexibility, audio quality.
Summary My wife bought this new, used it on a week-long vacation with her family and promptly returned it after viewing the video. This is, in no way, HD quality. Yes, it is HD resolution, but the image is choppy, faded and the audio is out of sync. I'm sure there are settings on playback to fix some of that, but why should it be necessary at this price?
The device has no features whatsoever, terrible zoom, and is awkward to hold. The zoom is so bad that you keep holding it by your chest to shoot, since it does not go wide-angle enough to be useful. Also, the lack of built-in lens protection (they give you a bag to put it in) means it will have a scratched-up lens in a very short time.
This is not innovative. The reason other cameras like this are not out there is because real engineers would never, ever design a piece of junk like this and think anyone would buy it. This was designed by mac people for mac people, but I think mac people expect much, much higher quality for their money, they aren't just simpletons, they are smart simpletons.
I am appalled that Sun would pay $590,000,000 for this company, but I guess companies do dumb things in their death-throws...
Pros Sharp picture, sound is pretty clear, resolution is nice with little to no video noise/static even in low light. I actually though video had little to no blur even while doing "swinging" motion with camera in daylight...
Cons For the price, it should have a couple of camera housed effects such as b/w and sepia shooting, negative. A lower priced Insignia model i returned for this (that wasn't Mac compatible) had this (albeit crap video in low light, so it's a tradeoff)...
Summary Worth the price if you're looking for an ultra-portable, user-friendly, inexpensive HD DV camera that is both Windows and Mac compatible (next lowest price i saw in store was $350). Compared to other similiarly priced models (or less expensive such as the aforementioned Insignia 720p), the tradeoffs of not having instant "still" (.jpgs) or "coloring" effects (b/w or sepia tones) while you're shooting outweigh the fact that the video just looks great, and these can be remedied with any "in house" computer program from Windows Movie Maker to iMovie...the included software is in the device itself so even if you come across a computer that has nothing on it, you can still at least edit/trim your video and take stills. Just wish battery was removeable/replaceable.
Pros Simple to use
Cons expensive, no choices for filming, no external memory, can't change battery (battery eventually loses life and you only get 15min record time per charge making camera useless.)
Summary Unless you have no idea how to shoot a video, this camera is a waste of money. Buy a Kodak zi6.
"This is great"on by opinionguy
Pros One of my all-time favorites
Cons Nothing at all really