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Sharp Viewcam VL-AH50H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-AH50H. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, but the viewfinder and battery get negative reviews.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

reliability, battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sharp Viewcam VL-AH50H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-AH50H from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and portability. The price and usability also get good opinions, but there are some negative reviews about the reliability. Opinions are divided on the durability.

image quality, usability, price, portability, size


71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sharp VLAH50U Hi8 Viewcam CamcorderSharp VLAH50U Hi8 Viewcam Camcorder

Oct, 2015

Consumer review by: adjie_streetballers (

Sharp Viewcam VL-AH50U


Main features Media Type: Hi8 Color Support: Color Analog Video Format: NTSC Digital Zoom: 200 x Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia Remote Control: Included - infrared Lens system Type: Zoom lens Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual Optical Zoom: 22...



Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: arie27 (

Sharp Viewcam VL-AH50U


Without the camera stuck in your face, you can easily see what's going on around you, shoot over crowds or even point the camera back at yourself.The VL-AH50U's controls put exposure settings, a titling option and special effects literally at your...



Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: terryZON (

Sharp Viewcam VL-AH50U


This is my first camcorder. At this price I had no choice but to finally break down and buy one. The camcorder is small and lightweight. Instructions are simple. After charging the battery I was shooting right away. The picture quality is outstanding,...

the auto focus works great


Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: ariantono (

Sharp Viewcam VL-AH50U


Window is 3 inches and Sharp cameras seem to be the only ones with the window built into the camera instead of folding out. I enjoy it and find it really easy to use and easy to see, the view screen doesn't reflect like others I have seen. The sound is...

Very easy to work with the window


Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: stonecold (

not too bad for a viewcam


If you are looking for that perfect small little viewcam then you may have found it right here. Check it out it is worth looking at. It is very light and the look is different than others. It is really easy to use and to take very good videos with. It...

small, light, videos are pretty nice, the look

some videos may be a little burry at times

May, 2008

Consumer review by: jabbusch-girl (

Pretty cool to have


My neighbor called me over to show me his new camcorder. He taped some out side at the animals to show me how well it looked on the tv after being taped. It was rather simple looking. It was not big but rather small and very light to carry around as...

great picture and sound, light, lots of features


May, 2008

Consumer review by: admtrkn (

Sharp's design & quality is very poor..


I used to use a Sharp camera maybe 4 years ago, its design and outlook was nearly same, when i first saw that photo of VL-AH50U i remembered that machined i used. It was not that handy and using that camera was not that easy. And product quality was so...

You can operate lens and screen seperately

Difficult to operate, not handy

May, 2008

Consumer review by: prelude99 (

My Sharp Camcorder


I have owned my Sharp Camcorder for about a year now. All in all, this is a easy to understand and opporate camcorder. With simple easy to follow buttons and guides you'll find yourself recording everything. One thing that I really like about the...

Great picture, big view screen, good sound.


Oct, 2002

Consumer review by: grupera (

Good Camera/Complicated Menu


This camera all in all is pretty good. It has fade in fade out, picture in picture (unfortunately, you need to be in the perfect position to aim the square exactly where you want that extra zoom in, hope this makes sense) The LCD screen is kind of...

small, lcd display to avoid squinting

menu is complicated

Aug, 2001

Consumer review by: suzannej (

A great buy!


We bought this camcorder before the birth of our son (10 months ago) and we have never stopped using it. Of course we use it mainly to record his moments but it is so easy to use! All displays are clearly marked, controls are big enough and easy to...

Very easy to use


Jul, 2001

Product Specifications

Tiny buttons drive you nuts? Try a touch screen! Who needs a standard squint 'n' peek viewfinder when Sharp's Viewcam design offers a 3-inch color LCD screen that swivels 270 degrees? Without the camera stuck in your face, you can easily see what's going on around you, shoot over crowds or even point the camera back at yourself. The VL-AH50U's controls put exposure settings, a titling option and special effects literally at your fingertips. And don't worry about fingerprints or smudges: Finger oils don't stick to the LCD's special coating. The LCD is a special "low reflective" model for use in daylight. The 16x optical zoom is among the best for capturing far-away scenes.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Sports mode / Spotlight


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sharp Viewcam

Lens System

Optical Zoom:16/22
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:270Kpix
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic/None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Zoom:200/400
Media Type:Hi8/Hi8 / Video8
Special Effects:Black & White / Fader / Negative / Sepia / Slim / Snap / Solarization / Still / Stretch / Strobe/Black & White / Sepia


Viewfinder Type: None