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Genius G-Shot HD520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and value for money. The design and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the zoom.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Genius G-Shot HD520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Genius G-Shot HD520

 

Digital image stabilization ; Large flip-out LCD ; Motion detection mode ; Decent indoor video quality

Records only 22kHz mono audio ; Zoom stutters ; Poor overall video quality ; Inelegant controls

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Review: Genius G-Shot HD520 pocket HD camcorder

 

The G-Shot HD520 pocket HD camcorder from Genius is more affordable than its competitors, such as the Flip UltraHD, the Vado HD, or the Zi6.

Unlike the candy bar-like shapes of the UltraHD, Vado HD, and Zi6, the G-Shot features a pistol-grip design with a flip-out LCD (its design is similar to the Xacti). The flip-out LCD can rotate 270 degress, so you can turn the display around for...

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Genius G-Shot HD520 easy on the pocket in more ways than one

 

If you're in the market for a camcorder that isn't too hard on the pocket when it comes to both size and cost, then the Genius G-Shot HD520 could be just the thing for you. Capable of capturing 11-megapixel still images or 5-megapixel video in...

At that price, you'd be excused for thinking the HD520 would be a little light on in the features department, but Genius has managed to squeeze in face detection, electronic image stabilizers (EIS), Z-lighting technology to enhance brightness in low...

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The Genius G-Shot HD520 offers high-def video for $149

 

Despite the fact that almost everyone's existing digicams already shoot video, digi-camcorders are still a thriving business thanks to Flip and Kodak's small, handheld point-and-shoots. There's a big YouTube market of consumers to cater to, and the...

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Genius G-Shot HD520

 

For under £100, the 720p-capable Genius G-Shot HD520 pocket camcorder is worth a look.

Probably the most useful extra feature for a budding videomaker, however, is the motion detection mode. In this setting, whenever the camcorder picks up movement in the frame, it will begin recording. If the scene is motionless for five seconds, it...

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Genius G-Shot HD520 review

 

As seems to be the vogue, the Genius G-Shot HD520 shoots H.264 video to removable SD Card flash memory and has an HDMI output so the resulting footage can be viewed on a convenient TV screen.

We weren’t bowled over by the Genius G-Shot HD520. It crams in a lot of ideas but doesn’t execute them terribly well. We’d be happy to take this camcorder out and about to record a family fun day, but wouldn’t rely on it as our everyday digital camera.

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Genius G-Shot HD520 HD camcorder

 

A portable HD camcorder for less than £100

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Genius G-Shot HD520 review

 

The Genius G-Shot HD520 is a small pistol-grip camcorder with 5Mp photo capture, face-detection and the ability to work as a voice recorder as well.

We weren’t bowled over by the Genius G-Shot HD520. It crams in a lot of ideas but doesn’t execute them terribly well. We’d be happy to take this camcorder out and about to record a family fun day, but wouldn't rely on it as our everyday digital camera.

Product Specifications

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser: No

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI Interface: No
HDMI PORT: Yes
PictBridge: No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Format:Flash Memory
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Pocket Camcorder
Resolution:High Definition
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera
Type:Pocket Camcorder

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Recording

Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3
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