Review Price £119.00
Even more is available via the menu button that can also be found on the edge of the LCD. The aforementioned Colour Nite mode actually has its own menu entry here. There are four white balance presets, two each for indoor and outdoor conditions, plus fully manual mode. No controls are available for shutter and iris, however. You can toggle the digital image stabilisation, and apply a small selection of digital effects including Western and Dazzle, as well as the expected Sepia, Black and White and Negative. You can also turn on guidelines and invoke a time lapse recording mode, which will grab a frame at intervals of between 1 and 30 seconds for 24, 48 or 72 hours, or until your media is full. So manual features go beyond most camcorders at this price, but not as far as Panasonic's HC-V100 or JVC's Everio GZ-E15. Notable omissions include backlight compensation and tele macro.
If you’re on a tight budget, the HMX-F80BP is good value. Image quality is merely average, but the features are decent for the price, and considerably ahead of what pocket Internet models offer, particularly the healthy optical zoom and iSCENE modes. If you have a little more to spend, JVC’s Everio GZ-E15 performs better with a few more features, whilst Panasonic’s HC-V100 has more to offer all round. But you do get a lot for £120, making this a valid choice if your budget can’t quite stretch to the more expensive sub-£200 options from JVC and Panasonic.
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