Powered by two double-A batteries, this white and silver camcorder holds up to 30 minutes of 30 frames-per-second, VGA-quality video in its 512MB of built-in flash memory. It uses MPEG-4 encoding to ensure small file sizes. Removable flash media has been very successful with digital cameras, where it’s been the mainstay for a decade. There have also been some camcorders that store video on SD cards, such as the Panasonic SDR-S100 SD Camcorder, although their quality was limited until quite recently, because the cards had been so small. Whether built-in flash memory will become more popular is anyone’s guess, but it does help keep prices down.
The camcorder measures approximately 2.3 by 4 by 1 inches and is very light. On the front you’ll see only the lens and the onboard microphone. On the back there’s a tiny 1.5-inch LCD, a white on/off button, a play button, and a delete button. Centered under the LCD screen is a red record button, surrounded by a four-way controller. On one side, you’ll find a TV out port and a USB connector, which pops out when you push down a sliding button just under the place where the connector is housed. And that’s it. All for $129.99 list.
Digital, Point & Shoot, Camcorder