Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1U is a super product-recommend!
13 May 2009
Summary: I like this viewcam because it fits a females hand very well. It is small enough to operate easily and reach all the buttons! The screen size is smaller too though than a full size camera would be but that's okay because when you plug the cords into the television - you have large pics and videos!!! Easy plug and play for viewing tapes but I still don't know how to convert or copy the small tapes onto something more practical!
Summary: PROS - 1. This is a good buy in this price range. 2. Video quality is very good. 3. Light weight and handy. CONS - 1. Donot have still capability as there are no SD/MMC memory attachment. 2. Does not have a USB port. Instead it has a firewire port. So U need to buy the hardware.
Summary: I would give it three and a half stars. Showing an indoor and outdoor movies from this camera on a 27 inch TV I didn't hear complaints about the image quality, but I should note the cons and pros. Cons: this is not a high-end model. The image quality is worse, than from Sony. The indoor picture is grainy (the less light - the more grainy) and darker, than from Sony. Viewfinder is tiny and very blurry. It gets crisp only if you are 3 inches away from the camera.
Best digital camcorder of it's class/feature level..
11 June 2003
Summary: Would have been a 5, but see the pro/con list for why not. I am thrilled with the camera. Excellent video, Brand and performance are Sharp, indeed. For the features and video quality it has, the price is simply not been met by any other. This was compared to the base Sony ( pricey ) and Panasonic ( poor color reproduction ) models in the small cube compact category. It was 100-200 bucks less than those, and equalled or outperformed them.
Summary: Being new to the world of digital video cameras, I can only say that I am very happy with this camera. Although it is packed with features that you can adjust manually, I found the automatic focus, light adjustment, etc., are extremely good. The zoom, even without digital enhancement, is powerful and fast. Playback is clear and easy to control. The size is perfect -- very small, very light. Good battery life. It works very well under low-light conditions.
Excerpt: Questa videocamera della sharp ci è stata regalata per il nostro matrimonio quindi circa 3 anni fa. Devo dire che non l'abbiamo usata molto, apparte il viaggio di nozze a Parigi, e poi qualche vacanza al mare d'estate. Ce la portiamo sempre dietro ma poi non la usiamo mai. Per queste vacanze l'abbiamo prestata ai miei genitori, mio padre, appassionato di film da quando io ero piccola, a quei tempi le videocamere erano molto più ingombranti.....