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Sharp Viewcam VL-WD255U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 457 reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-WD255U. The average rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and portability. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the durability and reliability, and comments are divided on the connectivity.

image quality, price, usability, portability, zoom

reliability, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sharp Viewcam VL-WD255U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 66/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sharp Viewcam VL-WD255U

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 447 user reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-WD255U from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and portability. The usability and price also get good views. Some have doubts about the connectivity and reliability, and there are some mixed opinions about the durability.

image quality, price, usability, portability, zoom

reliability, connectivity

54% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sharp VLWD255U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5'' Viewscreen, Smart Media Slot and Built-in Digital Still ModeSharp VLWD255U MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5'' Viewscreen, Smart Media Slot and Built-in Digital Still Mode

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: stauffacher (epinions.com)

Not worth it, even for the great price!

 

I bought at the end of 2001, and I have been getting these "eject the cassette" messages! I just didn't know how common this was until I started looking for a replacement camcorder just today on Amazon.com, and happened to see mine (this one) and...

great price for great features, would give 5 stars except for the cons

"eject the cassette" error message, eating tapes,

Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: lvtara (epinions.com)

disappointed

 

No pros.

Poor photo quality, poor quality altogether.

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: alfu (epinions.com)

Decent Video, Still Camera is Quite Poor

 

I got this camcorder because, until now, I had never had a loser product made by Sharp and they had a promised $100 rebate (I received it; thank you very much, Sharp, but it won't change the review...)

Low price, great zoom, good macro capability

Fragile construction, wimpy battery, large size, sorry digital still camera

Dec, 2001

Consumer review by: alfu (epinions.com)

Decent Video, Still Camera is Quite Poor

 

Low price, great zoom, good macro capability

Fragile construction, wimpy battery, large size, sorry digital still camera

Dec, 2001

Consumer review by: Swinghi (epinions.com)

Great for the Price

 

Cheap! Full of Features.Great starter DV camcorder.26x zoom really works great.

Low light not great.Menu is difficult to use.Zoom slide unnatural.

Dec, 2001

Consumer review by: Swinghi (epinions.com)

Great for the Price

 

We are expecting our first child in March and I wanted a DV camcorder so I could make VCD's for peoples CD-roms and DVD players. I basically looked for the cheapest yet still made by a reputable company. I got this one for $450 with no tax or...

Cheap! Full of Features. Great starter DV camcorder. 26x zoom really works great.

Low light not great. Menu is difficult to use. Zoom slide unnatural.

Dec, 2001

Consumer review by: cheapchef (epinions.com)

It's Cheap for A Reason!

 

It's the lowest priced digital camcorder out there ; 26x optical zoom

Terrible picture quality ; Awkward to Use ; Broke after only 1 day of use

Dec, 2001

Consumer review by: cheapchef (epinions.com)

It's Cheap for A Reason!

 

Let me first start by saying that I really wanted to like this camcorder. On paper, it looked awesome! Here was a digital camcorder with Canon lens, 26x optical zoom, USB/IEEE ports, a color viewfinder AND 2.5" LCD screen, built-in digital...

It's the lowest priced digital camcorder out there ; 26x optical zoom

Terrible picture quality ; Awkward to Use ; Broke after only 1 day of use

Dec, 2001

Consumer review by: jamriner (epinions.com)

Great value for so many features!

 

Low price, $100 rebate/free offer from Amazon, 26x optical magnification, ease of use.

Lower resolution than competitors, not as comfortable, and difficult to access controls.

Nov, 2001

Consumer review by: jamriner (epinions.com)

Great value for so many features!

 

I have to say the best thing by far about this camcorder is the low price - I ended up getting it for $349 after a $100 mail in rebate from Amazon.com, plus I got free shipping and a free Vivitar camera bag, tripod, and lens cleaning kit. I would say...

Low price, $100 rebate/free offer from Amazon, 26x optical magnification, ease of use.

Lower resolution than competitors, not as comfortable, and difficult to access controls.

Nov, 2001

Product Specifications

The VL-WD255U camcorder will enhance your home video enjoyment and allow you to capture those special moments. The VL-WD255U offers a Smart Card Media slot that allows the simple transfer of still images to a PC. User can record still images to a Smart Media card for easy transfer to a PC for sharing via e-mail. Gamma Brightness Compensation corrects for gradation in dark areas of image to make images clearer. Playback Zoom provides the playback picture to be magnified up to ten times its original size. You can record video and audio from an external device for digital transfer/storage. Total manual control of focus/exposure/shutter provides creative record effects.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):120min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:7.4in
Height:4.6in
Weight:1.5lbs
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Dusk / Night mode / Party/indoor / Sports mode / Sunlight

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sharp
Model:VL-WD255U
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sharp Viewcam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Max Focal Length:91mm
Min Focal Length:3.5mm
Optical Zoom:26
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:460Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Overlap fader / Square wipe / White fader
Digital Zoom:780
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Mosaic / Negative / Sepia / Solarization
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD