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Old May 1, 2010, 12:05 PM   #1
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Does anyomne have ANY info on the NS-DV111080F insignia Camera? is $299 at best buy this weekend? what format does it shoot in? MPEG-4 ? MPEG-2? how is the quality? low light?
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Old May 1, 2010, 6:58 PM   #2
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it is the same like DXG-A85V, Speed HD120Z and so on.
For better price look at aiptek H12 LLS.
Quality of video? I tested Speed H120Z(12xzoom) and DXG A80V (5x zoom). DXG is very clear. Now I just ordered aiptek H12 LLS.
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Old May 2, 2010, 5:03 AM   #3
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I was also interested with this new Insignia. From the BB photos is looks like there are no headphone or mic sockets.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnPDf...eature=related

That link is a freeway shot on YouTube. Note the visual sputtering as the camcorder compression tries to keep up with car movements. Maybe not too bad for the price. So, no sports or other shots with lots of action, or it will drive you crazy. Another clip is at YouTube (with slow motion from editing) has odd color, but maybe that's an editing problem.

IMHO, a better option is the Canon HF-R10, also on sale this week. Sometimes the store price is higher than the website, but they'll match the website price if you ask. Even these Canon's have slight problems with motion sputtering, but it's the best I've seen in consumer camcorders. The video quality is otherwise amazing.

Here's the Steve's Digicams info:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/press...rom-canon.html

Canon HF-R10 manuals and other info are at:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/co...&modelid=19841

I've had the similar Canon HF20, with more built-in memory, for about a year now, and am very pleased with all the options and video and audio.

Hope this helps,
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Old May 2, 2010, 10:07 AM   #4
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definitely looks like a real camcorder. however $300 seems steep

plus u can get a refurb sony cx150 for $375 from b&h

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Old May 2, 2010, 11:11 AM   #5
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yes it looks real but movies are not as clear as from dxg a80v.
I tested this one:
http://www.speed-jp.net/1/en/product...p?cid=5&id=176
and here is sample video (you need dual core CPU to play it)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SQ4275GV

and dxg-A80V (still have it)
http://www.dxgusa.com/products/high-...xg-a80vhd.html
and sample video
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=U2LREOLS

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Old May 3, 2010, 11:34 PM   #6
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I tried one out in Best Buy. First impression: It is larger and heavier than I expected. HD camcorders from other brands are noticeably smaller and lighter. The touch-screen menus are a bit confusing to figure out. But my biggest complaint is the need to manually select macro mode in order to do close-up shots. An auto-focus, optical zoom camcorder selling for around $300 should not have this limitation!

At that price, I shouldn't have to worry about my videos coming out blurry if I forget to switch on macro mode when doing a close-up, or if I accidentally leave macro mode on when I move to a more distant scene. Plus, I noticed that the auto-focus is very slow in macro mode. It takes a couple seconds to lock onto a clear image.
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Old May 4, 2010, 12:18 AM   #7
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The Speed HD120z is a similar camcorder and I was disappointed too. But the way how macro mode works is common in hybrid digicams I think. For quality of movie I like DXG A80V, but now I'm waiting for Aiptek H12 LLS. I hope they did better work with firmware compare too Speed. (same zoom, same sensor)
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> Does anyone have ANY info on the NS-DV111080F
> insignia Camera? is $299 at best buy this weekend?
> what format does it shoot in? MPEG-4 ? MPEG-2?
> how is the quality? low light?

I just received one as a gift and I have to say that its optical quality is appallingly bad. The lens suffers from rather prominent color fringing and severe spherical aberration. The resulting pictures are simply poor. Even though it advertises itself as having 10 MP resolution, optically, the lens' flaws are even apparent on standard VGA resolution (640x480, 0.3 MP).

The pictures are inferior compared to even a 6-year old Canon 3.5 MP still camera under the same conditions. And comparing the Isignia's output to that of a Nikon D3 would be laughable if it weren't so ridiculous.

The internal format seems to be HDMI AVI.

I can find nothing to recommend this camera, even to a newcomer. I received it last week and it is going back tomorrow for a full refund.

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Old Dec 16, 2010, 8:54 PM   #9
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Bought one today for $179, and I'm returning it. The audio is horrible. The sound is tinny and has no bass, and it distorts easily. The picture was decent for that price, I wasn't expecting much, so I was actually very pleased. Low light performance was noisy but perfectly acceptable again considering the price. But the audio was the killer. Everything sounded like junk. I tried to record a band and even standing 50 feet away, the sound was complete garbage. My old cheap JVC MiniDV put the audio on this to shame. Even for everyday shooting, I think you would be very disappointed in the sound.

I know this is an old thread, just updating because I came across it today looking for info on this cam. Wanted to warn any potential buyers about the audio problems.
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Old Dec 17, 2010, 5:45 PM   #10
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At $300 plus FREE shipping plus a possibly HIGH QUALITY external microphone input and recording circuitry, I must agree that the Canon Vixia HF R10...



http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum...f_r10#Features

...appears to be an EXCELLENT DEAL! It all depends on the audio recording quality. I'll be keeping my eye on this.

Most cheap $200 hybrids with microphone inputs yield noisy audio. My guess is that CANON's model would yield much better audio.

Has anybody tested?
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