This camcorder is more for those people that will be recording friends and family or you are recording events and need a bit of real optical zoom. It is a HD camcorder for beginner to intermediate users that want the video to look good, not a lot of controls to fiddle with and affordable.
Here is the deal; you could operate it as a right handed camcorder. But there is a sensor in the camcorder that when you turn the camcorder upside down it will know to correct the image to normal viewing.
Ergo, you can hold the camcorder with your left hand. You can press record with you left thumb.
Now this is not a justification alone for purchasing a camcorder. And at a list price of $299 I'd say pass and wait for the next item. But I have a hot little flyer in my hands that says that from May 1 to May 7, 2011 or while supplies last it is $199.
So if you are near a Best Buy, Sears, RadioShack and two places I've never heard of, Conn's and Fred Meyer, this could be fiscally doable.
Um, I usually don't recommend getting camcorders from Sears. This is some kind of closeout, clear the decks, roll it into third tier retail kinda deal. For $199 and the understanding of its limitations I can make an exception to the rule.
This isn't a knock on Sears. It is just not a tech savvy place to buy stuff. When you can buy granny panties and camcorders in the same place you gotta know that there is a reason.
At $199 for those that need to transition from The Flip, this is not a bad deal. It has:
- 10x optical zoom
- optical image stabilization
- records 1920x1080i or 1280x720p HD video
- built in editing software for PC users (you don't have to use it if you don't want to)
Being a frugalista and camcorder junkie. It just keeps getting better and better.