TECH FICTION

Take the latest technologies.
Stir in drama. Rinse. Repeat.



Short Shorts


Tech Fiction with an expiration date: Ultra-short stories about technology news-of-the-day

[ Blog | RSS Feed ]




Moving Pictures ('05)


A band of Garage CGI Spielbergs, a Machinima movie and Hollywood's establishment

[ PSP e-Book | HTML | PDF ]




Trojan Horses ('03)


P2P networks, portable digital media, the MPAA, Brooklyn Technical High School, the US government and terrorism

[ Podcast | PDF | HTML ]




QUICK POLL

How to improve Xbox 360?
Better use of 16:9
Avoid the Uncanny Valley
More inspired art direction
Breakthrough gameplay
More stuff like Gotham TV
Screw the games. Give me DivX, XVid, HD-DVD and a TV show download service!
Other

  
WE READ

BoingBoing
Daypop
Doc Searls
eHomeUpgrade
Engadget
Gamespot
GapingVoid
GigaOm
Gizmodo
I, Cringely
Lawrence Lessig
Mark Cuban
News.com
Scripting News
Slashdot
Steven Johnson's Blog
The Register
Wall Street Journal
Wi-Fi Networking News
Wired News


Packet Switched Press
The Art of the Possible. Commentary. Writing. Miscellany.
- - - - - - - - - - - -=[ Saturday, September 11, 2004 ]=- - - - - - - - - - - -
 


REVIEW: Fisher 3.2MP Still + MP4 Video Cameracorder

We've been meaning to write-up this little impulse purchase for a while now, but here goes. Having been on the look-out for a combo still/video camera using Flash memory, USB 2.0 and MP4 (to avoid transcoding and save memory), we were delighted to stumble into Fisher's (yes, the brand surprised us too) nifty little Pocket Cameracorder C1.

And we mean "little". This thing truly isn't much larger than the Canon Powershot (a great product in its own right) which it replaces. And it makes all the difference. To us the most critical thing in a device like this is not that it has the very best 3.2MP still image quality (although it has to be comparable to the Powershot, which it is), or the very best MP4 video quality (although it has to be 640x480, which it is), or the longest battery life (30 minutes is a surprisingly long time if you can afford to pack the charger) or the most memory (although the included 512MB SD card gives you 30 minutes of video, and with declining SD prices, that will soon be a moot point), but that it is so easy to carry, and so easy to use (kudos to the designers for the less-is-more physical interface, and very easy to navigate on-screen UI), that we have it with us more often, and use it more often.

On this front, it has been a revolution for our family movies, and the ability to bring the MP4 right into our Roxio Easy Media Creator (or, presumably, your video editing software of choice) over a swift USB2.0 link, has led to not only capturing a lot more of our adventures, but finally putting them together in digestible versions, rather than letting them sit to gather digital dust for all time.

A few caveats worth noting: Aside from the fact that the still imager chip has substantially better resolution than the video imager (which you, of course, expect), the video imager has weaker image quality, as it does noticably worse with lighting than the still imager. In addition, having only 5x optical zoom (and forget about doing much with the digital zoom) could feel constraining to the expert lens-men in the audience.

BOTTOM LINE: A very hearty thumbs up at the original $799 price from earlier this year, and a downright steal at the current $589.




RECENTLY:
REVIEW: Amazon Unbox Videos on Xbox 360
REVIEW: Intel Core Solo Mac mini
IMPRESSIONS: 7 Things about 30 Days of XBOX 360
IMPRESSIONS: 7 Days of XBOX 360
REVIEW: XBOX 360, media-centric features
PSP E-BOOK: Moving Pictures
PODCAST / AUDIOBOOK: Trojan Horses
REVIEW: Gateway Connected DVD Player
REVIEW: ABC's Lost
REVIEW: DirecTV High Def TiVo
VIDEO: 30 Half Life 2 Scenes in 30 Seconds
REVIEW: America (the Book) by Jon Stewart
REVIEW: Fisher 3.2MP/MP4 Cameracorder
This page is powered by Blogger.