Aiptek A-HD+ 1080P: My Favorite High Definition Camcorder

When I decided I needed a camera, I wanted to upgrade to my first video camera so that I could post videos on the web. The last camera I’d used was one of those massive beasts that sat on the shoulder and recorded onto VHS tapes. I wanted something compact, light and versatile.

Positives:

The Aiptek (approximately 4.5 inches long, 2.5 inches wide, 1.25 inches thick) has served me well for several years. It bears only minor visible wear even though I haven’t been all that careful with it. I recommend the camera to friends because of the ease of use, quality of construction and variety of features it has demonstrated. For the money, I consider it an outstanding value.

I can manage to operate the camera more or less intuitively, without a serious read of the manual. Photos and videos are simple to transfer to the computer: connect a cord, click on an icon. The camera takes a while to recharge if the user waits for the battery run into the red, but the camera goes the distance on a single charge. Record directly off of television to save programs to watch later and transfer them onto your computer or watch video on the camera’s screen.

Negatives:

The downside of the camera is minimal. During sound recordings, the sound of adjusting the camera in hand is sometimes captured on the video or sound recording. Hitting the REC button accidentally is sometimes an annoyance when you grasp the camera with one hand and try to snap a photo. Photos and videos are numbered as recorded. The numbering begins anew after old files are transferred, making it necessary to save the photos to a new file each time you download (or for the files to be uniquely labeled/numbered, which becomes cumbersome with large amounts of photos).

The Aiptek allowed me to transfer all of my old videotapes to my laptop, but during the process, the camera would stop and power off when the television screen turned to snow between shows, so it occasionally required some persistent babysitting. On a couple of occasions when transferring video recorded from videotape, the picture was skewed, causing me to lose an entire session of taping. The camera has hung up a few times, requiring me to pull the plugs, card, or battery to reset, but the camera has never lost a file or failed to reset.

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Features:

  • Video and voice recording
  • Record from television, play your videos on tv in HD
  • View photos, video or listen to voice clips
  • HD 1080P, HD 60f, HD 30f, D1 60f, CIF30f video resolution
  • 4X and 2X digital magnification zoom
  • Focus options for 30 to 50 cm (12 to 20 inches) and 50 cm plus
  • 3M, 5M and 8M picture resolution (mega pixels)
  • Zoom, picture preview, zoom/enlarge captured photos, slide show
  • Night shot (still and video mode), flash
  • White balance, sunny and cloudy and tungsten and fluorescent settings
  • Normal, classic (sepia) and black and white effects
  • Exposure adjustment, self timer shutter delay
  • Histogram and ability to remove icons from the screen
  • Date and time, audible shutter signal, flicker frequency adjustment, auto
    off (may be disabled), LCD brightness adjustable, NTSC and PAL TV system
    compatible, language options
  • File lock
  • USB and AC charging options
  • On-screen battery life indicator
  • An estimated battery life of 200 stills (shoot up to every 30 seconds) and 70 minutes of video recording
  • Tripod socket
  • The LCD screen provides a tremendous amount of information through icons, even noting the remaining time to record. Fastforward, rewind, play/pause and power commands are available on the side of the monitor and an easy, thumb control zoom near the shutter trigger.

    Specs:

  • 128 MB internal memory
  • SD/MMC card external memory
  • 2.4 inch LCD display screen
  • 4X digital zoom
  • USB 2.0
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery
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