Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Look at Bell & Howell Take1 Under $50 Camcorders Review

So you are in the store, walking around in a daze and can't believe the rudeness of people snatching stuff off the shelf. Maybe next year Buy Nothing Day will have more meaning to you.

It is too late for that; you see it on the shelf and you gaze at the bubble wrapped camcorder. It is a Bell and Howell Take 1. It is only $39.99.

Really look at the photo. Shiny surface, probably plastic. Small LCD viewer. The actual iris area is very small, which to me indicates that you'd want to use this for outside recording.

Old school legacy name but this is another instance where the name was license out to another company for camcorders. The Bell and Howell company still exist, but they are not in the media business any more.

The Specs

  • Recording mode 6480x480 VGA standard definition
  • Takes photos at 3.1 Resolution
  • 1.5-inch LCD display
  • 4X Digital Zoom
  • Accepts SDHC memory cards up to 16GB
  • 2 AA Batteries

I had to go to four different web sites to get the above information. The reason being there was no product web site that I could find for the actual vendor.

There is a big brother version of this camcorder that does have HD. It is also called the Take 1 but it will have the HD on the body of the device.

Should you have a question or problem (and the website is not on the package) you will have no where to go for help but to the store where you bought it. Who may or may not take the camcorder back or charge you a restocking fee for returning the item.

Depends on where you buy it and they will not be happy to see you.

Buy It or Not?

Eh, look this is a older model camcorder. I could see a use for it as a outside reference camcorder or you can't afford a GoPro and you strap this to your bike. I would not use it as my primary recording device.

At best, you are going to get a fair image outside if you have enough light. I have no idea of the recording format. It might be on the package. I'd want to know that before purchasing.

I'm waffling.

It comes back to knowing why you want to buy a camcorder. If you are one of the broke folk and want to just dip into trying web video and using this as a starter camcorder, then yes, if this is the best that you can do.

If you want a back-up camera for the office or creative experimentation then okay.

For the wedding, No!

For a recording the baby, No!
For a gift to your grandson/granddaughter, maybe.

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