Aiptek Action HD GVS 1080P High Definition Camcorder with 5x Optical Zoom
Sometimes you stumble onto a great value and the Aiptek Action HD GVS 1080P High Definition Camcorder with 5x Optical Zoom is definitely one of them. Needing a small HD camcorder that uses a SD card rather than tape or internal memory? The Aiptek GVS is for you! With it available for under $250, this is a great camcorder value.
There are two models, black and silver. Functionally they are the same, so it is just a preference issue. Well, maybe sometimes price as the silver version is cheaper for some reason at amazon, as of the date of this writing.
Here are the amazon links:
Now some details about these. The camcorder comes with the following accessories:
USB battery charger
Component video cable (RGB)
A/V cable (RWY)
Credit card sized remote
The one thing they don’t furnish with the camcorder is the SD card. I use 4GB cards and they can be easily switched out if more capacity is needed. The camcorder will support even larger cards, up to 32GB, if required.
The GVS will record in several different video modes, they are:
WVGA which is 480p widescreen at 60 frames per second, 4GB = about 2 hours.
720p at 60 frames per second, 4GB = about 1 hour.
720p at 30 frames per second, 4GB = about 2 hours.
1080p at 30 frames per second, 4GB = about 50 minutes
In addition to shooting HD video, the camcorder will also take 5 megapixel digital photos sized at 2592×1944 pixels. There is a flash for the digital photos, but no light for the video recording. I use a Sigma LED array for indoor shooting with the camcorder night shot turned on. In reading level light the night shot feature will actually give you good results without a supplement.
Some of the other features of this dandy little camera are the image stabilization, auto focus, 5x optical zoom plus 4x digital zoom (up to 20x total) and a 0.4 inch macro mode for extreme close ups in both still frame and video. The AHD-GVS also includes an external microphone outlet, should you want to further enhance the sound quality of your video and an HDTV component output to connect your camera to your HD-TV component input ports and display your pictures and videos on your big screen HDTV.
From amazon.com’s description:
System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Vista, Macintosh 10.4, or above, Pentium 4 - 3.2GHz or above, Direct X 9.0c or above, 1 GB of System RAM (2 GB Recommended), Video Card with 256MB of RAM, 4X Speed CD-ROM or higher, Quick Time 7.0 or above. Package Contents: Action-HD GVS Camcorder, Lithium Ion Battery, AC Charger Cable, USB Cable, Component Cable, AV Cable, Wrist Strap, User’s Guide. Included Software: Media Player 11 Decoder for AIPTEK* .MOV Video Files.
The files may be transferred to a laptop or other PC via the USB cable and it will charge the battery as well.
The .MOV video files are easily edited using VideoReDo TV Suite v4 (VRDv4) software, which will allow you to cut and combine the files as well as other edit features. I use VRDv4 to convert the h.254 files the camcorder records to .mpg files (mpeg2) so the files will play on lower speed PCs without problems.
I have used the Aiptek GVS to shoot several hours of video and for a lightweight convienent small camcorder, it is hard to beat.
Here are a couple examples from the camcorder shot at 720p at 60 fps:
You probably want to right click on the links and select Save Target As… to download the files to your PC unless you have a very fast broadband connection. The Fish.mpg is a converted mpeg2 file and the Fish.mp4 is a cut mpeg4 file. Both will give you a representation of the video you can expect from the GVS.
Here is the youtube video: