CeBIT 2008: Aiptek's Small Full-HD Camcorder

Tom's Hardware took a look at Aiptek's handy Full-HD camcorder at CeBIT. The small video camera records up to 8 hours of material at 1080p and comes with a moderate $380 (€250) price tag.

The light camcorder weighs only 177 grams (without battery) and possesses a 3x optical zoom. Its CMOS image sensor uses a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. HD material is recorded in 1080p and 16:9 format, while standard definition recordings are limited to a 4:3 aspect ratio. SDHC cards with up to 32 GB are the storage medium of choice. Only 32 MB of storage are built into the device - only enough for a few snapshots, but not for HD-videos.

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Aiptek uses an AVC/H.264 video codec, which allows recording times of up to 15 minutes per GB. Using a 32 GB SDHC card, that would give you 8 hours of recording time. Although $380 (€250) is comparatively affordable for a Full-HD camcorder, don't forget to factor in the price for an SDHC medium. At around $230 (€150), SDHC cards of this size are still rather expensive.

A handy pocket-sized high-definition camcorder.

Aiptek's PocketDV AHD Z500 sports a swiveling 2.4" LC display, an HD-compliant output and can be attached to HD or SD TV sets using an adapter cable.

Aiptek at CeBIT 2008: Hall 26/stand A37

Aiptek's booth at CeBIT

Technical Data:

  • HD 1080p Recording, 1.5 million pixels in 16:9 format
  • 3x optical auto focus zoom
  • 5 megapixel CMOS image sensor (2592 x 1944)
  • Supported Formats: MOV (AVC / H.264), JPEG, WAV
  • 2.4" / 6 cm LCD colour display
  • Flash
  • Internal storage: 32 MB
  • SD-/SDHC-/MMC card slot
  • Integrated microphone
  • 10-second auto-timer
  • HDTV output supporting NTSC and PAL
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Power supply via power brick or USB
  • Dimensions (W/L/H): ca. 11.3/7.0/3.3 cm
  • Weight: 177 g
  • Price: $380 (€249)

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