Thursday, August 14, 2008

DigiLife DDV-9000 | mini-DV review

Photos and Movies. The Digi Life DDV-9000 is a sleek mini-DV. It has a 5.0 Mega Pixels Sensor, up to 2,560x1,920 megapixels, or an enhanced 3,824 x 2,864 (11 MP!) for still image. It supports movie recording of up to 640 x 480 (VGA) at 30 frames per second. The file format for movies is MPEG-4 AVI. It stores pictures as JPG, and recorded audio files as WAV. The LCD Screen is 2.4 inches LTPS LCD. It has 5x digital zoom. It has a flash.

PC connection. For connecting to the PC, you can use the USB 2.0 included in the package.

Battery. The battery is a Li-on battery specific for this camera. So I'm wondering where I can purchase spare batteries.

Storage. It can support up to 2 GB of SD memory card.

What to expect in the package. The package includes the DV cam, two manuals (one thick, and one thin), a charger, a USB connector/TV out and a camera pouch.

Upon checking the price on the internet, it was placed at around $114, which is really pretty cheap compared to other cameras. I bought this one at CDR-King Davao, and they sell it at an even cheaper price!

Pros. The photos taken are good quality, whether in light or dark lighting. Most of the time, I don't have to use the flash at all. This DV camcorder is small and light, weighing only 112 grams.

Cons. The only downside I've noticed to this is the LCD. When you view it 45 degrees from above, it's gonna appear pretty dark. I have to be careful to view it 0 degrees or from below.
The video quality for outdoor use is good, that is, VCD quality. However, the quality of the video may not be too good if taken indoors. Also, the problem of where to buy spare batteries for this.

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