Pros Easy to use, takes good quality video for the price.
Cons The software has serious issues
Summary The product itself it pretty convenient and takes good enough video for the price. However, the software is horrible. The software would not work with my relatively new Dell labtop running windows XP. It would be much easier if it came with a startup disk for the software that you could load onto your computer. Untill the software issues are worked out there are much better options out there.
Pros Small, sleek-looking. 8 GB is great capacity. Easy to use. White is easy to find in a purse full of stuff (I'm really digging here).
Cons Zoom feature is pretty pathetic. Front cover starting sliding off after second use. Shooting screen width/depth is completely inflexible.
Summary Bought the 8GB/2-hour white flip video.
The cnet editors -- and moreso the product -- disappointed me on this one. I knew I was buying a product that Cisco is no longer putting any effort into, but having read the reviews, I thought I'd give it a try.
YUK. POOEY. BLECH.
The way the shooting screen (my words) works, your subjects need to be laid out horizontally, or you need to hold it the other way so they're vertical -- throughout the video (or you'll be making your viewers dizzy); combined with the pathetic zoom feature, this means a highly restrictive shooting environment. (Not really how shooting video usually works.) I, for example, am often shooting dogs at play. They jump, they lie down, they don't stay in the frame very well.
The front cover started sliding off on second use, so now I have to tape the darn thing (so much for sleek-looking and elegant...).
Sure, it's easy to use, and easy to plug right into the USB opening on your computer (though not if you have other USB devices right next to it).
If you don't care how your subjects are framed or where they're cut off in the frame (if they move or stand up or whatever puts them out of the horizontal frame), this might be okay for you. I definitely don't use it like I thought I would.
Do Not Recommend, particularly at any price above $85.
Pros None. I'm serious I can't find any.
Cons This thing is BAD... I mean seriously I record a video and then connect it to my PC and about 50% of the time it tells me the video file is corrupt.
Summary This thing is just plain aweful. I connect it to my PC and I'm almost always told that the video I recorded is corrupt. I gave it the benefit of the doubt, and thought maybe it was my PC or myself that was doing something wrong. I'm a pretty tech savvy person though so I know what I'm doing is correct. So I try it on another computer, and again I get the same results. Do your self a favor and DO NOT buy this POS. Plus to top it of the video quality I get out of my PC camera is better than the quality videos I got from this thing... heck my cell phone gave me better quality video. Save yourself $150 and buy a real camcorder, because all your going to do is buy this thing, find out it's crap, and then go buy something else anyway.
"decent...."on by freegh_three
Pros it's really easy to use and it has good memory
Cons it has no f'cking pause button, it picks up sound too easily, and it eats up batteries like mad
"Camera breaks"on by mikecrunch
Pros When it works it works great. Very simple to use.
Cons It stopped working. This is a known issue. Many others have had it break - search the web. I've been getting the runaround from the company for two weeks. They say they'll call and they never do.
Summary Companies like this believe that being cheap on replacing defective items will benefit them in the long run but it's the opposite. They may save a little money, but people will learn that they have bad products.