Pure Digital’s $100 flash-based camcorder

Not everyone can afford to drop hundreds of dollars on the latest hard drive based camcorder, so for the casual moviemaker, finding a more budget-conscious option is an ongoing quest. Well, it doesn’t get much cheaper than the Pure Digital Point & Shoot Camcorder, considering that you can pick one up for about $100, but even at that price, is it worth the buy?

Well, it does come with 512MB of internal memory to store your video goodies, but there is absolutely no means of expanding this storage space via SD cards or anything else for that matter. As a result, you can only capture about 30 minutes of video using this thing. Even then, don’t expect superbly high quality video either, because it only sports a VGA imaging sensor (640 x 480 pixels) with no optical zoom (there is 2x digital zoom though). At least it has sound.

You can play back your memories on the 1.4-inch color display, or jack it into TV using RCA/mini-jack cables, or upload them onto your computer using the flip-open USB arm. If you can’t figure out how to take the grainy vids and throw them on a DVD yourself, there are “more than 8000 retail locations like CVS/pharmacy” that will do it for you (for a fee, of course).

So, is it worth the buy? Let’s just say, you get what you pay for.


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