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Old Sep 28, 2008, 8:19 PM   #1
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The Aiptek Pocket DV AHD Z600 is the full name for the EU version of this hybrid camera. I've had the camera for about a week now, but I haven't been playing with it much, because of work.

Pictures of the AHD Z600:












Unboxing video:
http://vimeo.com/1906699/

First impressions:
Ok as I mentioned before I haven't used it that much yet so I really don't have any video and picture samples to show you guys, yet.
I can tell you guys about the built quality and other issues. I had hoped it to be better built than the AHD Z500/Action HD, but that is not case if you ask me.
The camera has a cheap plastic feel to it cuz it's made of cheap plastic:G I guess this is what you can expect from Aiptek and other cheap hybrid camera manufacturers.

Some problematic issues:

- The zoom button is quite hard to push up or down. So if you're gonna zoom while recording your footage will be shaky, unless you use a tripod. Also the button could eventually break because of all the hard pushing.


- The mic port is covered by a small attached piece of rubber which falls out easily because it's loosely fit.

- There are no manual settings/options for an external attached microphone.

- AV port, USB port and HD out is covered by a plastic cover which is attached to the camera by small piece of rubber. Could break after while.

- The LCD screen hinge is not holding the screen fast in the open position. I will show this in a videoclip as I can't explain it.

- Doesn't have LED lights for nightshot like the Z500/Action HD. Only a flash strobe.

- Power, Play and On/Off buttons are poorly built. You have to press them really hard.

I might add more issues as I get to use the camera more:sad:.



Okay, moving on to what I like about this camera as opposed to the older model:

- The shape of the camera. It's more comfortable to hold.

- Autofocus seems to be better and the camera also has AF lock function.

- The large 3" LCD screen is nice to look at. The viewing angle is also a bit better.

- Seperate bottom SD card slot so you don't have to open/close the battery cover.

- The battery cover locks and you have to push a button down to open it.

- Large selection of menu languages

- Large LED lights that indicates 3 different functions. When you turn on the camera the blue light turns on and it blinks when recording. Red light when charging. It might also turn red when battery gets low when recording, but I don't know yet, as I haven't used it for that long. When it finishes charging up the LED lights turns green.


That's all I can think of right now but I'm sure there's more:G


Video and Picture samples:
Z600 in 1080p panning test
http://vimeo.com/1907539

Aiptek Z600 motion test 1 (1080p)
http://vimeo.com/1907673

Aiptek Z600 motion test 2 (1080p)
http://vimeo.com/1907770

Aiptek Z600 720p60 motion test 1
http://vimeo.com/1907845

Aiptek Z600 720p60 motion test 2
http://vimeo.com/1907868

Aiptek Z600 720p60 panning eis-off
http://vimeo.com/1907912

Aiptek Z600 720p60 panning eis on
http://vimeo.com/1908011

Photo test. Seeing delta's color test I wanted to do a color test also. 1st picture below is taken with the Aiptek AHD Z600/Action HD GVS and the 2nd picture is taken with the Sony DSC-V3. Both camera's set on auto.


Macro:


Lowlight:



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Old Sep 29, 2008, 7:31 AM   #2
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Zoom button could be stiff becouse camera is new and buttons maybe loosens when you use it more? Where are play and on/off buttons?
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So finally we have an autofocus lock and a locking battery cover. I agree with Quenaelin that the buttons may be stiff due to being new. I often found on devices that things that look like they won't last, are often more durable than they look.

Here are some suggestions for video shots:

1. Indoors, especially poorly lit rooms.
2. A scene with a large amount of vegetation as a backdrop.
3. Scenes with a lot of movement ie a busy street.

I look forward to some video samples!


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Thanks Adalfa!
We're waiting for the final review
Could you please tell us something about the widelens you attached as well?

Looking forward to watch fine videos of lovely Denmark
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Hi adalfa,

Can you please tell me a bit more about the lens you using in the z600?

Where did you order them lens from? Did you need an adapter?

Are there any video/photo examples showingwhat quality improvements this type of Sony lens can offer?



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Greetings:


Can you create a video using an external mic to see how the sound is

with an external mic.


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Old Oct 8, 2008, 3:27 PM   #7
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Hi guys! Sorry I haven't replied your questions and all. I've been bedside with the flu n burning fever. I'm feeling much better now.

Okay starting with sr71 and delta's question regarding the Sony lens. The wide angle lens is from my Sony HD camcorder. I just experimented with it and at first it didn't work. What I mean is it was quite blurry so I quickly removed it and put it back on my camcorder. Then later I was filming in macro mode and I just thought that maybe it would work in macro mode and to my surprise it did. The picture was acceptable. Not super sharp. The lens isn't attached with anything. I just hold it infront of the camera. Not practical at all:-) I haven't "invented" a method to easy attach and deattach it so I can still use it on my camcorder also. I still need to do some video testing with lens on.

Well now to answer your question RobMtl007 or Robert, I only have an proprietary Sony external mic. So I cannot test this at the moment as don't have any other ext. mic. I definantly think that sound will improve if you use an external mic but it depends on which mic you're going to use. A cheap ext. mic would probably not give you a better sound than the build-in. You would however be rid of the clicking noises you make each time you're pressing a button. A more expensive mic would be better but it all depends on ones needs and wallet size, I think. There is sadly no mic settings available on this hybrid camera.




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hi Adalfa,

I made the crazy decision to also buy one :?

I hope I will not mess up your review, here are some low light videos that Ijust uploaded

http://vimeo.com/1916969

http://vimeo.com/1917355

I fully agreed with your comments, but have not had the chance to try the z600 during the day.

I also noticed that there is noise when using thezoom, but like you said I think the zoom button is to fragile and hard to push so I think I will not be using the zoom that much.
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Hi delta,

Though the z600 has problematic issues, it is still a good hybrid camera imo. So I think your crazy decision might not be that crazy at all:G

Please go ahead and post your video clips, review here. The more users of this camera post clips, impressions and experience, the better I think.

I like your color testing. Gotta say the reds are quite off. I haven't really paid attention to the color of my clips so I'm glad that you pointed this out.

Oh by the way, where are you from if I may ask?

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hi Adalfa,

I made the crazy decision to also buy one :?

I hope I will not mess up your review, here are some low light videos that Ijust uploaded

http://vimeo.com/1916969

http://vimeo.com/1917355

I fully agreed with your comments, but have not had the chance to try the z600 during the day.

I also noticed that there is noise when using thezoom, but like you said I think the zoom button is to fragile and hard to push so I think I will not be using the zoom that much.
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delta, what happens if you change white-balance to fluorescent? I guess white-balance was on auto in your test video? Also, zoom button which rattles doesn't sound any good, how about if you try to loosen it by rapidly moving it back and forth, does it help? There should be fix for this somehow, how about Blu-tack? I am also planning to buy this camera and I am also planning to buy Canon SX1, which will be much better than my Canon IS S2 ever was, but I still need something pocketsize to record videos over 29 minutes and better than AHD200.
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