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Aiptek Z8300HD High Def Camcorder - £179.89 @ Currys
Aiptek Z8300HD High Def Camcorder - £179.89 @ Currys

Aiptek Z8300HD High Def Camcorder - £179.89 @ Currys

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I bought this last week and thought it was a good deal. It must be the cheapest high definition camcorder out there? It records on to SD cards and you get 2 hours on a 4GB card. It also takes 5MP stills. The sound quality could be better and it's obviously a fairly cheap brand etc but the video quality is very good.

There are some samples around on the web, it's called the GO-HD in the US so it's worth typing that in to google.

Format - SD CARD
Zoom - 3x optical
Connectivity - USB, Component
LCD - 2.4 inch's
Widescreen recording - Yes
720p High definition
2x Li-ion batteries
Light for recording in the dark
Remote control

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Original Poster

It comes with standard and component video cables so you can view in HD on your TV! Otherwise it's just a case of dragging and dropping the files on to your PC. It uses the h.264 codec and there was nothing to install on my Mac.

This looks good - what is the file format of the video? And does it support HDSD cards? Finally, can you film in lower resolution i.e. in SD?

Thanks in advance

Just to add, this deal ]here allows you a further 5% off, bring the total to about £170

A good deal better!

(if you can't be bothered to click ;-) the discount code is YAW744)

Original Poster

Hi,
The video uses the h.264 codec and the files are stored as .mov.

Don't get me wrong there are some things wrong with it. One of them being that you sometimes hear the lens focusing or zooming. I'd read some reviews first but basically it's good for the price and the picture quality is very good.

It does work with SDHC cards, I've got a 4GB one in right now. If anyone knows of somewhere up load the files to, I would post some samples!

Original Poster

Sorry forgot to say. Yes you can lower the quality. It does 1280x720, 720x480 and 352x240.

Original Poster

Here's a quick sample I took earlier today (I'm 9 hours ahead of the UK at the moment!)

megaupload.com/?d=…0LX

Sorry - me again! Can you tell that I am really keen??

Anyway, ]Google suggests that this can be bought for £130, £160, or £187

Here is a ]forum review

Not exactly the same camera , but ....
qvcuk.com/ukq…TSV
Not bad for £110 , it even comes with a 2gb card.

HD at these bit rates will be worse than a SD camcorder at the same price. This is way too much money for a toy town camcorder. Cold.

halfway;1691222

Not exactly the same camera , but … Not exactly the same camera , but ....http://www.qvcuk.com/ukqic/qvcapp.aspx/app.html/params.file.%7Ctsv_558807,html/walk.html.%7Ctsvmetadrill,html?cm_re=MainPanel-_-TSV-_-TSV#techSpecsNot bad for £110 , it even comes with a 2gb card.



Looks good! Erm.. whats the difference between this and the OP's deal? I can't seem to notice much difference. Also, although it doesn't make any diffence to me, it may be worth noting that the only way to connect these camcorders is via component, and not HDMI

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How do you edit mov? Don't know any software that does.

QVC (TV) were selling a similar one today around 8:30am for I think £110 or £120 + postage.
Came with a 2gb SD card.

In fact on TV now... if you want an indicative demo.

Jav

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Tried playing that video clip in 5 different programs, nero played it in black and white, realplayer crashed after playing it DivX was running it at 15fps or something and iTunes well it just looked rubbish. It doesn't like wobble or fast motion, have to wait a while for the latest advances in miniDV coming over to the cheaper HD cameras like anti wobble. I'll stick to my Sony megapixel miniDV for now.

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solid;1691148

Sorry - me again! Can you tell that I am really keen??Anyway, ]Google … Sorry - me again! Can you tell that I am really keen??Anyway, ]Google suggests that this can be bought for £130, £160, or £187Here is a ]forum review



The £130 one ships from the US and is £175 including postage

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solid;1691315

Looks good! Erm.. whats the difference between this and the OP's deal? I … Looks good! Erm.. whats the difference between this and the OP's deal? I can't seem to notice much difference. Also, although it doesn't make any diffence to me, it may be worth noting that the only way to connect these camcorders is via component, and not HDMI



There's no optical zoom on that model but it's a good price if that doesn't both you. I'd imagine the digital zoom is fairly crummy though.

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lumoruk;1691376

How do you edit mov? Don't know any software that does.



imovie works fine on my Mac, there's plenty of PC software suggested in the forum which someone has posted a link to.

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Agharta;1691244

HD at these bit rates will be worse than a SD camcorder at the same … HD at these bit rates will be worse than a SD camcorder at the same price. This is way too much money for a toy town camcorder. Cold.



Have you seen some samples? Some of the ones on the forum posted previously are stunning.

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lumoruk;1691408

Tried playing that video clip in 5 different programs, nero played it in … Tried playing that video clip in 5 different programs, nero played it in black and white, realplayer crashed after playing it DivX was running it at 15fps or something and iTunes well it just looked rubbish. It doesn't like wobble or fast motion, have to wait a while for the latest advances in miniDV coming over to the cheaper HD cameras like anti wobble. I'll stick to my Sony megapixel miniDV for now.



It must be a codec thing. The forum someone linked to has similar problems reported, all fixed after a codec update. It works fine out of the box here on my mac using Quicktime

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check out QVC uk,today,s special value, Aiptek AHD200 High-Definition Camcorder is £109.80 and you can pay in three instalments.you can also watch a presentation of this item on the QVC website.looks a bargainn to me.

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toddy505;1691542

check out QVC uk,today,s special value, Aiptek AHD200 High-Definition … check out QVC uk,today,s special value, Aiptek AHD200 High-Definition Camcorder is £109.80 and you can pay in three instalments.you can also watch a presentation of this item on the QVC website.looks a bargainn to me.



forgot to say,it also comes with a 2gb sd card and case.

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toddy505;1691557

forgot to say,it also comes with a 2gb sd card and case.



Like I say it's a good deal but just be aware that it has no optical zoom like this model. Might not be a problem for you but it's worthing noting that this isn't the same model!

Good deal especially with a 2GB card though! :thumbsup:

If you are after this sort of camera, then look at the Sanyo Xacti range. I am now on my second Xacti camera as I love them so much! The CG65 is their non HD version but they do also do at least one HD camera. For detailed info take a look at this forum:
forums.steves-digicams.com/for…=27
The cameras are discussed at length and also compared with the Aiptek at some point!!

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Looks pretty good, my mother-in-law called me today and ordered one.
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