High-Definition Digital Camcorder with 3" Swivel LCD Screen
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8x digital zoom
Brings you up close to distant objects and scenes.
3" LCD display
For ease of use and a clear view. LCD rotates up to 270° for multiple viewing angles.
5.0-megapixel 1/2.5" CMOS image sensor
Captures video at up to 1280 x 720 resolution and still images up to 2592 x 1944 for stunning clarity.
Digital image stabilization system
Minimizes shake and vibration distortion to keep footage steady.
Helps capture video even in low light situations.
Include black-and-white, sepia and negative shooting for creative video capture.
MP3 player and voice recording support
Give you creative control over the audio in your movies.
Auto, daylight, tungsten and fluorescent white balance modes
Ensure natural-looking video and still images under a variety of lighting conditions.
64MB internal memory and Secure Digital/Secure Digital High Capacity memory card slot (media not included)
Provide plenty of space for your movies and photos.
Lets you connect to your HDTV and view your high-definition video.
USB 2.0 interface
For easy image transfer. A/V connection allows you to view footage on a TV.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I DIDN'T REGRET IT. JUST LOVE IT.Posted .
My brother bought this for $100.00 and i used it and the picture quality is really good !!! I take pictures of my parakeet and other stuff and they came out great !! It is small and portable. When you take pictures at the night/dark it's really blurry but just open the light. The accessory that came with it was really useful and EVERTHING is just GREAT !!!! There are my 2 parakeets at the picture. They are so cute !!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Pleasantly surprisedPosted .
I bought this because my old standard-def MiniDV camcorder is on its last legs, but I wasn't sure there would be any advantage to switching to HD yet. This seemed like a relatively inexpensive way to get my feet wet in HD without spending $1000+ for a high-end HD cam. I picked the Insignia over the similarly-spec'ed, similarly-priced Aiptek 720P model simply because its styling seemed a bit less cheap and the control layout was easy to understand. I picked it over the various Flip Video models because it uses removable SD card memory; with the Flip, once it's full, you have to stop shooting until you can go to a computer and snork the files off it. All I really expected to do with this low-buck camera was make simple how-to videos showing how to do various maintenance procedures on equipment we use at my job, so people could view them on their PCs. I figured I'd consider myself lucky if the Insignia produced barely usable video. I've been pleasantly surprised to see that if you set it up carefully, it produces much better results than that. First the bad: If what you want to do is shoot videos, then hook up your cam to an HDTV via the included HDMI out terminal and view them, you'll be disappointed in the Insignia -- the results are very grainy and noisy. But I think the noise problem is with the display circuit, not the actual video files, because when you view the files on a computer, they're much cleaner and smoother. The lens is sharp (if you don't bother with the silly "digital zoom" and image stabilizer features) and distortion is low. I did a side-by-side test video to compare results from the insignia with those from my old Canon ZR20 camcorder, and was amazed at how much crisper and more detailed the Insignia video was, even when sampled down to SD resolution. White balance tends toward yellowish, but not drastically. The sound is thin and a bit crackly, but good enough for voices and narration. Clamp the camera to something solid via its tripod socket, put plenty of light on your scene, pre-set all the controls before you start shooting (it's almost impossible to change them while shooting without jiggling the camera) and you can wind up with some pretty impressive footage by web-video standards. Tips: Don't forget to peel off the plastic shipping film over the lens (easy to overlook and makes pix blurry) and be sure to keep the lens clean (it's prone to pick up fingerprints.) Use the "night shot" mode for ALL indoor video, even in well-lit rooms; it'll help reduce video noise. The SD card slot is so deeply recessed that it's hard to push the card all the way in or release it; use the corner of the removable cover to push it. Attention Mac users: The Insignia saves its video files in .AVI format, which won't play on a Mac "out of the box." Solution: download an open-source software component called Perian (from perian.org) which adds the ability to play .AVI and many other video formats. If you want to edit your videos instead of just play them, you'll need to export them to Mac QuickTime format, which is a slow process but gives excellent results. Using this little cam has made me a lot more confident about the benefits of HD. But I don't feel I need to rush into buying an expensive HD cam yet, because this one is producing great results for simple video projects.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Decent for the pricePosted .
I bought this for my parents so they can have a cheap video camera for their vacation. For the price, this is a slightly above average camera that provides decent image quality in bright sunlight, but images appear 'flat' and color quality is so-so. In lowlight situations, like at a club or bar, this is terrible. The files are also very compressed, and when recording in HD mode, playback on an HDTV shows lots of pixelation, ghosting, artifacts, etc. The image stabilization is a joke; turned on, it makes the image 'stutter' slightly, and the still image mode takes blurry photos even with stabilization turned on. Files can be transferred via USB (or just take the SD card out and use a card reader), but be warned: if trying to view HD footage, your computer may require an additional download to view the files. This goes for both Mac and PC users. Expandable memory is nice since the built-in 64mb drive is almost nothing (about 2 minutes of HD video). From what I hear, this can support up to 8gb SDHC cards (around 3-4 hours of HD recording per card), and those cards are getting pretty cheap. Sound quality is surprisingly good, and there's a voice record mode, although I really don't see how useful it is since you have to go through a menu system to turn it on. I think it would've been better to hold down the power button with the unit closed to activate voice recording, since the mic is on top of the unit next to the power button. The unit also powers up and is ready to take video pretty quickly, considering its price range (from start up to record, about 5 seconds). The screen is also nice and large, and photos and video actually look really good on the screen (which is a bit deceiving, since the images don't look nearly as good on a TV screen). Overall, you get what you pay for. Retail price is around $150, don't pay that much. For the sale price of around $100, it's OK, especially if you need a cheap digital camcorder for making video blogs and YouTube virals. But, for budding filmmakers looking to get their feet wet in the HD scene, save your money and get a real camcorder.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Exactly what I wanted. Great bang for you buck!Posted .
This camera is exactly what I wanted and for the price you can't beat it. I bought a Sony Handicam for about $300 over a year ago and I rarely ever use even though it is fairly portable and shoots good video. So I've been looking for something that can literally fit in my pocket, has nice video quality, and is cheap. For $99 I am extremely happy with the Insignia. I've used this a good bit in the last week and here the info I have to give. Video: Similar to some other reviews the video can be a little fuzzy when there isn't enough light, but that is only the case a small portion of the time for me. The videos I've shot have been good quality when the light level is decent and really good quality when there is lots of light. Outside shooting is nice. When looking at the "Quality to Price" ratio this camcorder is a 10 out of 10. Zooming in and out is not as smooth as a normal camcorder, but it still does the job. Holding the device in your hand is pretty comfortable though your index finger might block the flash sometimes. The 3inch lcd screen is nice. Sound: The sound is good when you are in a 5 to 10 foot radius. Though I admit here the quality is not as good as a standard camcorder. Don't expect to pick up each and every sound of birds chirping or anything like that. In a few of the videos I shot the sound was fuzzy, but the majority have been just fine for the price. Standard Picture: For a 5mp camera I found this to be ok/good. Not as good as a standard 5mp camera, but I bought this for its video recording. Thought being able to snap a picture is a nice feature. You do need to have a bit of a steady hand when taking the photos and the flash isn't spectacular, but again when looking at the "Quality to Price" ratio it works just fine for me. Battery: I did a test run to see how long the battery would last when shooting HD video. I fully charged the battery and shot video until it ran out of life. The video filmed for about 1hr and 45minutes before it stopped and needed to be charged again. For the size of the camera I think this is great battery life. Memory Card: I bought the "SanDisk - Ultra II 8GB" memory card. In HD video mode I can get a little over 4hrs of recording and that time doubles if you drop out of HD mode. Also for pictures at the highest resolution it says I can get around 3500. So hopefully that will help in determining how much memory you want to buy. Features: There are not a ton of different features, though when looking at a simple point and shoot camcorder you don't need much in my book. The manual isn't very thick :). It does have a "night vision" mode, but it is not the standard "green" enhancement that you are used to seeing. It kind of just enhances the surrounding light for pictures and video. Different shooting effects include Black/White, Classic, Negative, and Normal of course. There is a neat "2 in 1" picture mode where you capture 2 pictures and it show them side by side in the same shot. There is a "Photo Frame" feature where you can put a boarder around you pictures like hearts, water, flowers, or birthday theme. Also there is a self timer and a multi-shot mode. The video has a stabilization feature too. Also uploading the video is very easy. Just plugged it into my laptop and downloaded it with no problem. Overall: So when looking for a new Camcorder I simply wanted the best bang for the buck and this is perfect. Very portable, good video, and enough feature for what I need. I hope this info helps.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Need to read all the reviews to find most answersPosted .
I got this last week - my son bought it for me. Great little gadget (I love gadgets) - I am SURE |it will do a great job when I am using it properly and find some appropriate video editing software !! Video quality looks OK in daylight - suffers in poor lighting (as many camcorders will) I read through previous reviews AFTERr trying the camera and found I had hit most of the problems others had hit - the supplied manual needs some improvement e.g Take all the film off the lens and other parts of the camera (or picture quality will suffer) Only use the supplied charger - mine will NOT charge with other usb chargers or while connected to PC - Red light 'flashes' when charging - if it is NOT flashing you can leave it for hours and you are wasting your time Finger easily covers front LED and sometimes the lens Playing HD video back on a PC needs a special Codec (H.246) for HD playback - and even with the Codec will jump and loose sound-sync on slower PC's - this is a PC processor power problem , not a problem with the recording which plays fine on the camera Video at lower definitions than HD plays fine on a PC The focus method is 'primitive - 3 settings macro, close-up and distance - easy to leave the switch on the WRONG setting and get out of focus videos You CAN zoom when recording - but NOT if you are using anti-shake You need at least a 2gb or 4gb SDHC card (class 2 or 4) Have NOT yet found a way of editing the HD files I will post more later - but at present I am Searching for Video Editing software which will work with the HD video files - ANY IDEAS ?? You need to be willing to 'experiment' if you buy this cameraI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent value for the pricePosted .
Considering the low price, this camcorder does an acceptable job with videos and even provides a passable still image in a pinch. As with any similar device, you'll need to spend a little time getting used to the various buttons and functions. Once you do, you'll no doubt be very pleased with the video results on this inexpensive camcorder. The 3" screen will give you instant "mini-gratification" when viewing your movies. Mostly, I agree with the other reviewers who have given this little HD camcorder 4 and 5 stars as long as we remember that the score is based on the low price of the unit and they (and I) am not comparing it to HD camcorders that cost over $500. I'll try not to repeat what they've said, but I do have a few observations: The Setup Guide that Insignia provides does not mention some very important items, some of which may have caused a few of the negative reviews. First, it doesn't detail the insertion of the battery. Not that it is difficult, in fact it's quite easy, but it can be installed backward if one isn't careful and I've seen reviews where people have experienced this problem and they couldn't get it to charge. The manual does show the correct battery insertion, but in my opinion, this should be in the Setup Guide. Also, it doesn't mention that while charging, the led flashes red and when it is fully charged the red light stops blinking and remains on. I also didn't see any mention of where to plug the charger in on the camera, although there really is only one place for it. Another very important item (or items) that isn't mentioned in the Setup Guide is the clear plastic protector over the lens. If you don't remove it, you'll definitely not be pleased with the images. Indeed, a few reviewers have mentioned this and I believe some of these camcorders are returned to Best Buy by customers not pleased with the images not knowing that the problem is resolved simply by removing the plastic film. It's not just over the lens, either - you'll find a protective sheet over the screen and another, very small piece, over the LED/Flash on the front of the camcorder under the lens. The camcorder has 3 focus adjustments: normal, portrait, and macro. Essentially, normal has everything in focus from 5 feet away to infinity, portrait mode focuses on items between 3 to 7 feet away, and macro mode on an object just over 8 inches away (the manual doesn't say how much further than 8 inches remains in focus). If you do not have the correct setting, you will not get in focus images. I've read reviews that weren't pleased with the sharpness of videos and I'm willing to bet that some may be because they didn't check this setting. I mean, how can so many of us say the images are crisp and sharp and then one person says they are fuzzy? Sure, they may have gotten a bad unit, but maybe not. Same thing regarding people not happy with videos they've taken indoors. I've gotten a fairly decent video in a well lit room at night, but only after I changed the setting of the White Balance to "tungsten". The "auto" function wasn't always a responsive as I'd like, and it mostly defaults to "daylight", which made the indoor image very yellowish. On the "tungsten" setting, the video was quite acceptable, again, remembering this isn't a high-end camcorder. The unit also has a "night mode" which other reviewers have also mentioned. You will notice a difference in dimly lit situations when you use the night mode, although the videos still won't be "daylight" quality, they are better than not capturing the moment on video at all. Lastly, as others have pointed out, don't forget that you'll need an SD memory card. The extras: MP3 player, digital still picture capability, voice recording may be important to some, but overall, the quality of the videos, once you get used to taking them, are surprisingly good for such a small unit. Hope this helps.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great camera for online video sharingPosted .
This camera makes a great supplement to a traditional video camera: it's portable, it shoots HD video for YouTube and similar sites, and using an SD card means you don't have to worry about running out of space. FOR THE PRICE, it shoots some great video for quick sharing with family or for uploading to the web. This is NOT a professional camera or one for shooting major keepsakes like weddings; get a regular camcorder for that. If you want something better than your cell phone camera but is easy to carry around, this is the way to go. I thought the mic placement on top was kind of odd (as opposed to putting it on the front to point at a subject), but I suppose it's made that way for voice memo recording and it's handy if you're using the camera to interview somebody (so it captures both voices). Note, however, if you're a Mac user, this is NOT iMovie compatible out of the box (though both sales reps I spoke to thought that would be the case). You will need the Perian codec package or VLC (both free) to view the videos, and QuickTime Pro ($30) or another converter to get the video into a format suitable for use in iMovie. It means an extra step, but it gets the job done. iPhoto, meanwhile, handily imports both the movies and pictures without extra steps, and the camera also shows up like a USB drive on the desktop. The included manual is useless, but with a little fiddling the controls are easy to figure out. A little more range of motion would be nice for the flip-out screen, but the 3" display is very clear and easy to read, if a little dim in some lighting situations. Again, this is a supplemental or basic-use camera, not one for professional use or cherished events. Given that niche, it does its job well and you can't beat the price.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Nice little camcorder has a lot to offer for pricePosted .
I needed a small camcorder I did not want to spend much money on it just wanted something to record little videos of my kids. I already have a nice camcorder for when I feel like getting it out, but wanted something to easily carrying around in my purse and to have on hand all the time and this fit the catagory. I was reluctant about this one because it is not a major brand name and considered other factors of why I might want to get a different camcorder but when I read reviews on the other small pocket camcorders the reviews for this model beat out the competition. Then this camcorder went on sale for $89 vs. the Kodak for $179 that was nearly a hundred dollar difference so that won my choice. When I got to the store and saw the camcorder I was very impressed with how it looked and the feel it had to it, not to mention it has a HUGE 3.0 lcd screen whereas the other little pocket camcorders have a tiny 1-2 inch which makes a difference in being able to see. The good things in this camcorder is many to outweigh other ones: -3 inch lcd -records video in HD and comes with a HDMI cable (thats a $30 value) -has a 5.0 megapixel camera built in -The video mode has a video light for low lite situations -also is a MP3 player! I did not know this until I purchased it that is a nice feature!!! Where can you find a mp3 player with a 3 inch lcd for the price of this camcorder? You can't! -voice recorder -also it has many features to the video and camera like night mode, you can change the resolution, date, time, there is many choices that I was not expecting from a simple camcorder it offers a lot of packed in features! -it comes with a long lasting rechargable battery -has all the software and cables you need and there is nothing left to buy except a sd card which is great because everything takes a sd card these days -video is easy to trasnfer and easy to play back -video in hd looks good on my 50 inch plasma screen tv it surprises me it is from this small camcorder, and the video looks almost as good as my $500 Sony dcr dvd810 camcorder! That was a big surprise to see that! The negative is slim to the positive for me: -the digital camera is not really worth using its nice to have it on this camcorder though to use when in a pinch...I have a dslr camera I use all the time anyway so that was'nt why I purchased this but the quality is not equalivant to a 5 megapixel its more like a 3 megapixel in my opinion -the camcorder is so small its hard to hold without putting your finger over the video light but that is minor problems it has a good feel to it and feels sturdy That is the only negatives I can find I'm overall very pleased I spend under $100 on this camcorder to get a digtial camera, mp3 player and voice recorder built in can't complain for sure! I give it 4 stars but its more like 4.5 only because of a few minor things is why it did not get a 5. I am not at all disappointed in this camcorder and very pleased with it. It was definatley worth what I paid, in fact the original price of $149 is a steal in itself. If you are looking to get a small camcorder and this is your price range this is the camcorder the others on the market don't even compare to this one!I would recommend this to a friend