aiptek digital camcorder mpvr and pvr

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Sam, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. Sam

    Sam Guest

    Does anyone have any experience with on issues like audio synce or any
    Sam, Nov 8, 2006
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  2. Sam

    Cgiorgio Guest

    for this kind of equipment, inquiries might be more appropriately addressed
    to the newsgroup:

    If you just think about purchasing it and intend to do anything serious with
    it, as i think your question suggests: forget it.
    Cgiorgio, Nov 8, 2006
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  3. Sam

    Sam Guest

    I think you are wrong. To simply to dismiss it as a toy does the
    equipment a disservice. It does what it is designed to do. If you think
    you will get minidv qaulity for $150US then you are sadly mistaken. at
    30fps, sure the action is a bit jerky, but we are not talking about
    something to be displayed on a 60'' television screen here. Output from
    these "toys"(your discription) is compressed and placed on the web,
    usually in a 4" x 4" format. For this it is fine. Not finding a digital
    media camcorder usenet, I decided this was as close to it as I could
    come. If other users of this discussion group feel as you do, maybe they
    could tell me of a more appropriate group in which to post. I do feel
    that you should not turn a well turned up nose to this equipment just
    because it doesn't meet "your" standards of quality equipment. For your
    information there is equipment costing hundreds and thousands of dollars
    that that record to a digital media card that might meet your
    Sam, Nov 9, 2006
  4. Sam

    Cgiorgio Guest

    Sorry, I did not mean to offend you, but I was asked recently to edit a few
    video sequences taken with an Aiptek camera (not your model, but Pocket DV
    M1) and also had the opportunity to play around with it a bit (did some test
    shots in Photo mode). Photo quality was among the worst I have seen from 5
    MPixel Cameras, probably due to the qualities of the lens.

    Video quality was slightly worse than that of my mini-format point-and-shoot
    photo camera which also does 640 x 480 at 30 fps in MPEG4 (XVID), takes
    decent still pictures (if the lighting is strong enough) with optical zoom
    and costs around $200. It does however not have a swivel display and does
    not play MP3. I did not purchase it for video, just to have a digicam small
    enough to always carry it with me.

    You can purchase fairly decent Mini DV Cameras for less than $300US
    nowadays, which however do not play MP3 files. If you find your videos
    "jerky", it is probably not due to the camera, but due to camera shake. Mini
    DV's do not give you more than 30 full frames per second (its actually 60
    half frames).
    Try a monopod or tripod, even if that might look a bit ridiculous with a
    camera of that size.

    Using Ulead Video Studio 9 for conversion / editing I did not see gross
    errors in audio / video synchronicity with the Aiptek files.

    While the equipment is definitely not made for serious video or photographic
    work, it might meet your requirements when you shrink everything for the
    web. I have also heard that Aiptek's customer service seems to be

    A newsgroup that might be useful to you is:
    Cgiorgio, Nov 9, 2006
  5. Sam

    Sam Guest

    No offence Ggiorgio! I'm afraid I'm hooked on these litttle cams though!
    Aiptek quailty varies greatly from cam to cam. The latest I bought was
    the more expensive and the worst I think. I will be taking it back!
    Bestbuy has a minidv canon for $250US. I'm looking at that for
    Christmas. Canon overall quality is good. I have the Rebel XT and a
    couple of lenses and am very pleased with it.
    Sam, Nov 9, 2006
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