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ViewSonic 3DV5 Pocket 3D Camcorder

ViewSonic 3DV5 Pocket 3D Camcorder (Images courtesy ViewSonic)
By Andrew Liszewski

ViewSonic is the latest company to cave into 3D peer pressure with their new 3DV5 pocket camcorder. It features side-by-side 5MP sensors to capture 720P video or stills in full 3D, and using what I assume is a lenticular 2.4-inch LCD display (like what the 3DS will use) you can see your 3D content right on the camera without the need for 3D glasses. But for the full 3D effect the 3DV5 is compatible with NVIDIA’s Vision shutter glasses system for viewing on your PC, or you can pipe them through the 3D TV I’m sure very few of us have.

But if you’re completely lacking in any proper 3D shutter glasses technology, the 3DV5 also comes bundled with ArcSoft software that will convert your videos or stills to the old-timey 3D red/cyan glasses format of yesteryear, which is a more cost-effective solution. Surprisingly the 3DV5 is available now for just $180 which actually makes it cheaper than the 2-hour Flip UltraHD I wrote about earlier, though since it only comes with 10MB of built-in memory compared to the Flip’s 8GB, it’s kind of understandable. So you’ll also need to factor in the cost of an SD/SDHC memory card before you can ever really use it.

[ ViewSonic 3DV5 ] VIA [ Electronista ]

Flip MinoHD (Generation 2) Available Soon In Canada

Flip MinoHD (Version 2) Images courtesy Cisco)
By Andrew Liszewski

It was announced, and has been available in the U.S. since last Fall, but the second generation of the Flip MinoHD will soon be available for all of us north of the U.S. border. (By mid-July for $239.) When compared to the original MinoHD the second generation model has a slightly thinner, considerably more rounded body with an aluminum housing featuring a brushed metal finish. Overall it’s a bit sleeker than the previous model, but is far more pocket-friendly and compact than the Flip UltraHD we reviewed last year. And if brushed metal isn’t your thing (what’s wrong with you?) you can order a customized version from the Flip website instead.

But the real improvements of the second generation MinoHD include a bump to 8GB of memory, twice that of the original model allowing you to record up to 2 hours of 720P ‘HD’ video, a mini-HDMI port on the bottom and a screen that’s now 2 inches in size compared to the 1.5 inches of its predecessor. That might not seem like a lot, but having played with it for a while, it’s actually a big improvement. Video quality is pretty much on-par with the previous model and the UltraHD, same sensor and all, and while some people have commented that its touch buttons don’t provide a lot of tactile feedback (there’s still a physical record button) I actually like that they’re easy to keep clean.

If you’re in the market for a compact camcorder the Flip line still remains at the top of the list when it comes to being easy-to-use, making them an ideal gift for the less than techno savvy. However, the lack of pretty much any options when it comes to video quality or shooting (it really only has a digital zoom) and the fact that certain reception-issue-plagued smartphones have already caught up and surpassed the Flips when it comes to functionality will hopefully see Cisco expanding the line and the camera’s capabilities in the very near future. You don’t think they bought Linksys and Flip for nothing did you?

[ Flip MinoHD ]

Pocket Camcorders Out There, Watch Out: Kodak Releases Ultra Competitive Zi8

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By David Ponce

Kodak just took a big swipe at the pocket camcorder market with the release of the Zi8. Get this: it’s got 1080p recording along with face tracking, image stabilization, an external mic jack and a 2.5-inch LCD (0.5 inch bigger than its main competitor). You’ll of course be able to upload videos directly to YouTube but unlike competitors, to Facebook as well. Recording is dumped on SD cards, which are a dime a dozen these days and can give you limitless recording time while on the go. Not so with the Flip UltraHD, which has limited internal memory.

Best part? It should retail for all of $179, a full $20 less than the aforementioned camcorder (which we reviewed here, by the way), which does 720p “only”.

It’s nice to see Kodak isn’t just sitting around crying that the core they built their business on is disappearing, but are actually doing something to remain competitive.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Crunchgear ]