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Pure Digital PSV-351 30 Minute Point-and-Shoot Camcorder by Review Summary ,  Oct 29, 2015

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Pure Digital PSV-351 30 Minute Point-and-Shoot Camcorder
Report Date: 10/29/2015
Based on 188 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 4.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.8   above average
Size4.6   average
Sound4.5   above average
Camcorder4.4   average
Simple4.4   below average
USB4.4   above average
Camera4.2   average
Clip4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Video4.2   average
Battery3.8   average
Light3.8   below average
Zoom1.5   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"The batteries were dated March 2013."
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"I bought two and they did not work until I cleaned the battery terminals (they were hard to get to) with a small file,as they were corroded."
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"Of course it's only power source is batteries, and that may be a drawback for people."
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"Batteries not so great, as on most devices."
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"Turned it off and on, removed the batteries -- I ended up doing this stuff every time I had a problem -- and got the recording screen."
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"my only complaint is the battery life."
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"I tried to clean it out as best as I could and use new batteries but not surprisingly it wouldn't turn on."
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"I have been flipping the batteries over so they are not connected while it's not in use, to try to prolong the battery usage, but that means if i want a quick shot of something cute my little guy's doing, i have to open it up, flip the batteries, turn it on (and wait and wait and wait, pop the little red button and wait and wait, then it's ready, and he's run off to do something else."
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"This recorder with 1 gig memory has great volume and uses battery sparingly."
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"The only two drawbacks: 1) like any small device, could be easy to drop it, and 2) it seemed like the batteries were getting kind of low, and boot-up time was getting longer and longer, after about 40 or so minutes of recording."
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"The video quality is amazing, plus, it runs on 2 AA batteries so no charging!"
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Button

Button:
"Only a few minor drawbacks-the on off button is small and hard to hit for people with large clumsy fingers, the zoom isn't so great, you are the shake control, and if you speak loudly while recording-your voice will be clearly be heard."
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"I love it, no extra buttons, everything's right up there, simple to figure out, intuitive, easy to use, and EXCEPTIONAL BUY!"
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"You push the big red button and it records good quality video (quality is impressive for the price).I'm a big fan of simple products that work well -- like a Nintendo or an iPod."
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"It's easy to use, just hit the on button and the big red button in the center, and you're recording that moment you so desperately wanted to capture."
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"The play, delete, and record buttons are easy to use and editing can be done on your computer."
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"Ease of use is as reported with only a few buttons to learn."
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Camcorder

Camcorder:
"The first time that I used this camcorder, I could not believe how easy it was to use."
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"If you're looking for a great zoom, this is not the camcorder, but for fun video, indoors and out, it's a great buy."
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"I use this camcorder primarily for work where I facilitate a challenge course and I have my co-facilitator record the activities."
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"Obviously, we were very disappointed and completed Amazon's return from to exchange this camcorder for a new one."
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"It takes a little planning to make sure you don't miss the perfect shot while waiting for the camcorder to start-up."
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"The video quality is not as good as our regular JVC digital-8 camcorder; however, I was pleasently surprised how well this works in less than optimum lighting."
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"I have to say I was suprised how easily operated this camcorder was."
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"Plugging the Point-and-Shoot Camcorder into a computer (Windows XP) is easy."
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"This camcorder is so easy to use."
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"This was a good camcorder for the price."
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"We bought this camcorder for our son's birthday, and it worked great... for about a week."
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Camera

Camera:
"Only this little video camera isn't even good."
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"Awesome camera, no fuss, easy to use and the DVD's I've gotten back are very good quality."
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"The camera's website troubleshooting page led to the evaluation that the problem was with the camera's usb arm."
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"The computers would recognize the camera when attached to the usb port but then only error messages from the camera would follow."
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"With my other cameras it was always a matter of asking myself if I wanted the hassle for a picture of the moment or not - or the moment passed before I could get ready."
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"Beautiful camera!"
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"This is a cheap little camera, and my mom recommended it to me (she used it on her bike trip through Israel) - all i can say is, we have vastly different ideas of what satisfactory and good deal mean."
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"This camera is perfect."
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"This camera would be a great graduation gift for any aspiring photographer or for someone learning about video."
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"This tiny camera, with acceptable video quality, is perfect for that."
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Clip

Clip:
"This is not good enough for now - you will end up with rotten little clips of what could have been your home movies."
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"you're limited to 99 clips (this is a problem for me bec."
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"It is amazingly simple to shoot and download video clips."
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"Small enough to carry along with me everywhere I go and family members are loving it, since I can now send them video clips of my kids so easily."
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"I agree with those who've said that a USB extension cord is useful, but it can generally be done without one--but you'll want to hold it in place as you transfer the clips, so as not to damage the connector or the port."
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"A few tips:Clips are pretty good quality but remember that this is a budget camera."
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"My son has been making movie clips like crazy and I can now say, with confidence, that a 10 year old can use the PSV-352."
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Image

Image:
"We use it to video horse riding lessons for training purposes in a hard to photo in arena & the videos are very good."
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"Image quality is decent but not great."
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"There are two drawbacks to this device: memory and image quality."
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"For a low cost camera, the images are pretty clear and the sound quality is o. k."
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"The Point & Shoot records a decent image."
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"It performed well and sending images to friends is a snap - i like this little camcorder anyway who shoots movies longer than 30 minutes at a time - it is a 5 star item -"
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"I would recommend it for people who don't mind poor image and sound quality."
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"We use it to video horse riding lessons for training purposes in a hard to photo in arena & the videos are very good."
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Light

Light:
"The optics and processor are not the best so picture quality degrades quickly at lower light levels and as you zoom in with less light."
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"I came from using a (rather disappointing) JVC model that failed to adjust to light, so I was a little apprehensive when I saw another digital video camera model."
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"It does a better than average job in low light but as you probably know low-light is a challenge for digital cameras."
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"For serious events, I use my 3-CCD camcorder with vidoe light (but, as you can see, it's quite hassles.)."
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"I know this doesn't have editing capabilities, or the ability to video in low light well."
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"Personally, I wanted something light and small to capture those unexpected funny and cute things that our grandchildren do, especially when all 7 of them are bouncing off of each other."
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"The light sensitivity is fantastic."
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"It works best out of doors or, inside, with lots of lights on."
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"The other bad feature is the fact that it is so small and light, that it is easy to get shaky videos."
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Price

Price:
"For the price, it's hard to beat the convenience of this little gadget."
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"If it broke today, we would have gotten our moneys worth."
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"This was a good camcorder for the price."
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"This is a cheap little camera, and my mom recommended it to me (she used it on her bike trip through Israel) - all i can say is, we have vastly different ideas of what satisfactory and good deal mean."
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"It's well worth the money."
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"For the price, the picture quality is excellent."
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"This would have been a nice little camera at a good price if not for this big problem."
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Quality

Quality:
"The quality is horrible and the screens turn blue during filming."
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"The optics and processor are not the best so picture quality degrades quickly at lower light levels and as you zoom in with less light."
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"The video quality is not as good as our regular JVC digital-8 camcorder; however, I was pleasently surprised how well this works in less than optimum lighting."
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"Shows nice quality on the t. v. Only negative is that you hear the clicking of the zoom in and out, which is not awful for an inexpensive camera."
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"Expect it to be good quality - not excellent- but expect it to be easy to use, fun to use, and very reliable."
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"First off, no the visual quality is not the best, but you should know that going in."
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"The videos are clear and sharp and the sound quality is excellent!"
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"The video quality is bad as well."
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"I'm did not expect the voice quality to be great but it was ok."
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"It's compact, easy to use, and the quality of video is excellent."
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"This tiny camera, with acceptable video quality, is perfect for that."
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Simple

Simple:
"If you're still thinking about getting a video camera for home movies or amateur filmmaking, and are still confused about the various formats, and concerned about the cost, here's a simple solution."
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"It is dead simple to use."
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"I love it, no extra buttons, everything's right up there, simple to figure out, intuitive, easy to use, and EXCEPTIONAL BUY!"
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"You push the big red button and it records good quality video (quality is impressive for the price).I'm a big fan of simple products that work well -- like a Nintendo or an iPod."
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"It is amazingly simple to shoot and download video clips."
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"That is why I bought it, and it works great for capturing simple videos to view on your computer or to put the videos online."
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"simple, but for the money, GREAT!"
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Size

Size:
"I bought two and they did not work until I cleaned the battery terminals (they were hard to get to) with a small file,as they were corroded."
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"The only two drawbacks: 1) like any small device, could be easy to drop it, and 2) it seemed like the batteries were getting kind of low, and boot-up time was getting longer and longer, after about 40 or so minutes of recording."
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"Only a few minor drawbacks-the on off button is small and hard to hit for people with large clumsy fingers, the zoom isn't so great, you are the shake control, and if you speak loudly while recording-your voice will be clearly be heard."
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"The only problem I had with it was that the program that it had installed on its internal memory which was supposed to let me view my videos on a computer contained a virus and the Puredigital technologies website (not to be confused with a similar one for PureDigital of the UK which seems to apply only to small radios) was pretty useless in getting me a replacement for that program."
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"I love that it's so small too...truly is a go anywhere size."
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"Personally, I wanted something light and small to capture those unexpected funny and cute things that our grandchildren do, especially when all 7 of them are bouncing off of each other."
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"Compact size, ease of use and clear pictures are the positives."
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Sound

Sound:
"I was able to find a work around by using a Media playthat played AVI movies, but er the quility was not as good and the sound was delayed and echoed."
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"But is there something wrong with mine or do they all have that loud zoom sound upon playback?"
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"The videos are clear and sharp and the sound quality is excellent!"
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"Videos and sound are crisp and clear."
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"I test RCA and Flip, although they are very similar, pure digital PSV-351 is the BEST, easy to use, record and download, colors perfect, sound very good (not RCA)price OK, I recommend it to everybody from kids to seniors."
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"It takes adequate pictures and sound, despite a recent New York Times review that I felt was unduly lukewarm."
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"For a low cost camera, the images are pretty clear and the sound quality is o. k."
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USB

USB:
"The camera's website troubleshooting page led to the evaluation that the problem was with the camera's usb arm."
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"The computers would recognize the camera when attached to the usb port but then only error messages from the camera would follow."
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"File transfer is quick and easy via USB."
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"As others have noted, the flip-out USB connector is clever but ungainly."
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"I love the tiny purse size too, and the USB that folds out--no separate attachment or cord we have to have."
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"Videos can be saved really easily (and the usb port being directly on the unit is so handy) and can be edited spliced with microsoft movie maker."
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"The USB connection is a great thing, but remember that it needs to be disconnected via the software before you jerk the camera away from the computer."
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Video

Video:
"The only problem with getting it used I had to delete 48 videos that were left on it."
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"My son and his friends are so disappointed that they can't use it anymore to make movies together."
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"Only this little video camera isn't even good."
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"oh, and the software that comes with is a weird Movie Maker clone that just randomly mixes whatever it finds there - resulting in weird pastisches - and then it doesn't work."
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"The video is solid, great for reference, but not pretty."
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"Also haven't been able to run the videos on any TV I have."
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"Even under a lamp I can make a nice video recording."
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"The videos are clear and sharp and the sound quality is excellent!"
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"If you like taking videos it's good."
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"I had filmed many many happy videos of my little grandchildren for 5 years and then lost the camcorder."
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"It is so easy to make DVD movies from this and the kids and adults love to watch them."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The only downside is that it really doesn't zoom very well."
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"Sure the zoom is weak and the footage is not the best resolution, but who on earth would get this camera for that reason anyway?"
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"If you're looking for a great zoom, this is not the camcorder, but for fun video, indoors and out, it's a great buy."
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"Only a few minor drawbacks-the on off button is small and hard to hit for people with large clumsy fingers, the zoom isn't so great, you are the shake control, and if you speak loudly while recording-your voice will be clearly be heard."
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"The optics and processor are not the best so picture quality degrades quickly at lower light levels and as you zoom in with less light."
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"Only one downside - zoom isn't great."
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"There are newer models out now but for what it is, it worked great did a great job at the theme parks,software OK,worked good on older PC,uses two AA batteries,digital zoom OK,built in USB plugin."
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"Again it was a bit fuzzy with the zoom wide open, but more than adequate for the person the study their performance."
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"Shows nice quality on the t. v. Only negative is that you hear the clicking of the zoom in and out, which is not awful for an inexpensive camera."
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"The camcorder is very easy to use...only 4 buttons plus 2 to control the zoom."
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