By James Morris
14 Feb 2009
This is supposed to be a review of an imaging device. However, it was appalling to find that the entire assessment of image quality was so tiny that if you blinked, you would miss it! What we have here then, is a 4-page regurgitation of the press release and product datasheet, garnished with a cursory 4-line sprint through image quality.This does not deserve to be called a "review" of a product, let alone a "trusted" one. Seriously.....
Erm, okay... you seem a little angry. But I'm probably going to make you angrier here by telling you that you clearly missed the point about this product. Maybe you blinked a little too long. It's not meant for "seriously" anal types who measure the quality of every pixel produced. It's meant to grow the camcorder market towards those who just couldn't give a monkey's about that. All they need to know is - does this thing shoot decent or rubbish video, and under what conditions? This review tells you precisely that. Since there are no manual settings, you can't tweak it as with higher-end devices, so there is no way of adjusting performance. You point, you shoot. Why go into more detail on this aspect, when it is the other features which are more important in this case? I wouldn't even describe it as an imaging device, because its ability to upload straight to YouTube is equally, if not more significant. You would definitely not buy this instead of any "proper" HD camcorder, if you had the money. But for the target, non-specialist market it does the job intended pretty well. It would be better if it was more like 𧵎, though.
I just went to pixmania.com and bought one of these for £89, together with the correct case for £9. Add in the cheapest P&P option and the whole package came to about £106, which is a heck of a good deal compared with the prices quoted in the review.Maybe Creative are about to bring out a new model or something, but I'm very happy with my purchase.The review was very good by the way. A friend has one, which I have tried and it is great. However, a mini-tripod is essential, partly to overcome the problem of the USB cable attachment projecting from the bottom of the case and partly to get decent shake-free images.
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