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gregbowman wrote:I was given one of these to do a quick eval on after bumping in to a rep that was hawking them at CES - and I wouldn't film my grandmother's cat for the Internet with this camera . . . it isn't even heavy enough to be a doorstop, so I can't find any redeeming quality the damn thing may have. Yes, this camera is THAT bad . . . RUN away; Run, I say. The refurbished JVC occasionally offered here by woot! is a better camera by far (light years better) and cheaper to boot. If you buy this camera, you're going to hate it and subsequently you'll hate woot! for offering it for sale. It can't focus to save its life, it drops frames like crazy and the codec options are a joke, you're going to pull your hair out in post (if you actually make it that far) . . . the stabilization is two axis (maybe) and is laughable. There is nothing "prosumer" about this camera other than the external mic capability (and we're not talking XLR here [duh], it is a 3.5 non-metered MONO jack if I remember correctly) . . . This is a Fingerhut camera at best, and even your average Fingerhut credit buyer would return it. You've been warned. I actually threw this back into the booth at the rep for wasting my time (nothing she said about this camera was accurate - other than it was [actually] a camera) and walked away - do likewise, walk away. Walmart has better options for $100. Heck, the Nikon offered at tech.woot today will take better video than this thing.
"I actually threw this back into the booth at the rep for wasting my time.."
Please tell me you made that up for dramatic effect?
I've never treated any product or company that way at a show. It's simply unprofessional, regardless of whether you write for the New York Times or simply have a blog.
I agree that DXG tends to be mediocre at best, but I have to discount the points in your "review" based on your haughty attitude.
I've used a few DXG products over the years and they have not been favorites.
They are lightweight, but the build quality of the casings was actually quite tough. People used to criticize plastic film SLRs the same way you did.
For those needing better sound for lectures, interviews, etc. the mic input MIGHT be useful, as on-camera sound recordings are dreadful.
But using a separate digital recorder and then dropping in that audio track into the editor may be a better solution.
The unit may have a mono input, but I suspect the jack itself will accept stereo mics and just combine the L/R signals.
Finally, I'd would like to read your review of those Remington "King of Shaves" razors Woot offered. THAT might be quite entertaining.
Like Lake Wobegon, but without the lake.