Speed D1 Camcorder
The first thing to note about the D1 camcorder from Hong Kong brand Speed is its price.
In a generation of camcorders that justifies increased prices by boasting smaller sizes and ever improving digital imaging, the D1 stands out: it costs less than most digital cameras on the market.
Equipped with a massive
3-inch LCD display, an impressive 7-megapixel CCD from Sony, and the ability to record widescreen video at a maximum resolution of 720 x 480 at 30 frames per second, the D1 is nonetheless priced at an affordable HK$1,380.
The display is the most impressive feature, allowing users to rotate, flip a full 180 degrees, swivel and pivot to any angle or orientation required.
By positioning the display accordingly, it can be used as a basic viewfinder, or to turn the D1 into a portable media player that can rest on a table top.
The biggest compromise for the low price is perhaps the lens, which doesn't offer any optical zooming capability.
It also comes with a poor minimum aperture of f3.2, which means you'll need a lot of light to avoid choppy video in dim environments, or blurred images if you're using still capture mode.
In addition to 64MB of internal memory, the D1 uses SD Cards as the storage medium, which is both good - as the format is mature and you can get up to 8GB of capacity on a single card - and bad - an 8GB card costs HK$699, or half the price of the D1 itself.
Pros: cheap, big, high quality display with multi-directional viewing capacities, records widescreen video, SD card memory
Cons: low quality lens, expensive SD cards
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