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Aiptek PocketDV Z300HD-V review

£199 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Aiptek

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

At first glance, Aiptek's plasticky and flimsy Pocket DV Z300HD-V is a lightweight camcorder whose style reflects its inexpensive price tag.

At first glance, Aiptek's plasticky and flimsy Pocket DV Z300HD-V is a lightweight camcorder whose style reflects its inexpensive price tag.

The lightweight Aiptek Pocket DV Z300HD-V, which features a metallic blue and chrome casing, feels plasticky and fairly flimsy – in particular with regards to its USB port cover.

Measuring 113x70x33mm the Aiptek Pocket DV Z300HD-V is slightly too large to fit into a pocket, but easily slips into a bag.

The 8Mp Aiptek Pocket DV Z300HD-V camcorder is easy to turn on - simply flip open the 2.4in swivel-mounted LCD viewfinder, which rotates through 180 degrees to capture video at difficult angles.

You can choose between the Aiptek Pocket DV Z300HD-V's autofocus mode and macro mode, which allows you to take video clips at a distance down to 50mm. And there's a 3x optical zoom, although this doesn't work during macro mode.

The Aiptek Pocket DV Z300HD-V captures video in either HD (high-definition 1280x720), D1 (720x480) or CIF (352-240) resolutions. D1 is recommended for burning the video to DVD, while the CIF resolution is ideal for uploading the videos to the web.

The Aiptek Pocket DV Z300HD-V has the ability to take still images at either 3Mp, 5Mp or 8Mp, and can be used torecord a voice clip or even TV programme using the bundled cables.

Once you've shot some footage, you can preview video clips on the Aiptek Pocket DV Z300HD-V using the mobile-phone style joystick located on the back of the device, or the fast-forward, rewind and play/pause buttons located on the LCD screen itself.

With a minimal internal memory of 6MB, you'll need an SDHC card (Secure Digital High Capacity, for >2GB storage) with the Aiptek Pocket DV Z300HD-V, although this doesn’t come supplied. The Aiptek can support up to 32GB of additional storage.

We tested the Aiptek Pocket DV Z300HD-V's other functions, which include white balance. Here, there are options to set the camcorder to automatic mode, or to select from a choice of Sunny, Cloudy, Video Light - which provided us with extra light during filming - and Night modes. There is also a flash for still images, which can be fired automatically or manually.

To transfer videos from the Aiptek Pocket DV Z300HD-V to your PC you must first install the bundled software. You'll also need to download QuickTime 7.0, since this was the only player to recognise our files.

While there was a notable difference between videos we recorded in CIF and HD resolution, we were particularly impressed with the HD output, which offered clear and sharp images.

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Aiptek PocketDV Z300HD-V Expert Verdict »

HD video camcorder (720p)
5Mp CMOS sensor
32GB SDHC compatible
3x optical zoom
macro mode for 50mm close-up still and video images
LED light and night mode support while recording
Reversible 2.4in LCD display
play back to an HD or SD TV with supplied cables
claimed battery life 60 mins
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Aiptek Pocket DV Z300HD-V is a solid budget buy. If you want to capture some special moments in HD and aren't too bothered about an all-singing, all-dancing camcorder, then the Aiptek PocketDV Z300HD-V is for you.

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