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Sharp Viewcam VL-WD450U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-WD450U. The average rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom. The image quality also gets good feedback, but there are some critical reviews about the usability and durability.

price, image quality, zoom

durability, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sharp Viewcam VL-WD450U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 60/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 11 reviews)

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a great, long lasting camera

 

I got this camera for my birthday almost two years ago and i absolutly adore it. I cannot understan ...

this a great camera that's extreamely durible. great for any aspiring director or just for

i haven't found anything that i don't like about this video camera

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VERY DISAPPOINTED in this camera ...

 

I cannot recommend this product to anyone. The reason is simple - the MiniDV tapes constantly get c ...

Small, decent features

Eats tapes

Consumer review by:

Sharp as a marble

 

I wish someone had written a review before I bought this!

It was cheap, lots of features

It cost more than it's worth

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Really bad quality in LP.

 

I like this camera and it has done alot for me. It is rather a good deal for the price and has many more or comparable features than other camcorders of the same price.

Great buy for the budget conscious.

Bad quality using LP mode.

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DON'T BUY THIS, JUST DON'T!

 

I purchased this camcorder over a year ago. I have used 4 Maxell Mini DVC since the purchase. Two of those tapes had less than 10 minutes of record time before I started getting the infamous red "X" and the "EJECT THE CASSETTE". Of course the last time...

Price and features

UNRELIABLE

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features galore for cheap

 

Dont have this cam yet, but will soon. am mainly writing to let people know www.costco.com has this cam for $399.99 and they will refund/exchange for any reason in store, if you have trouble. I have been looking and reading and no cams got this feature...

features

flimsy, possible dirty head from factory causing pixelation during playback

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Inexpensive, but broke after two hours

 

I purchased this camcorder because it was a good price ($379). After recording for two hours, I kept getting a dirty head notification. When I contacted customer service they said to try cleaning the heads. This only worked for a short while, and...

Good price

Stopped working after two hours of use.

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Bang for the Buck

 

Not the best, not the worst - but the best value. Can be had for $450 plus a $100 sharp rebate for a net price of only $350! Picture quality is not bad, and the features cannot be matched for even double the price by panasonic, sony or jvc.

Features, price, input/output capabilities, lens

Large, awk menu system, size

Consumer review by:

Check it out yourself.

 

After reading another review on the WD450; I went over to Best Buy for a "side by side" evaluation of it and the Sony DCR-TRV730 that was recommended. In my opinion, the Sharp is generally about as good as the Sony in performance. The only exception is...

Tremendous value! Lots of "hi end" features at "low end" cost.

A trifle larger than similar camcorders. Feels a bit flimsy but similar to others.

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Cheap is expensive!

 

I got this one online from BestBuy. Together with some MiniDV tapes. Well. It worked the first couple of hours. Then it started showing some problems in the picture (like squares and left overs from previous frames). After using 2 tapes it now has the...

good zoom, firewire connection

bad quality

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Product Specifications

Imagine recording with no control buttons - instead, all you do is touch the world's most advanced LCD View Screen; to Zoom, Rewind, Review and more - all at your fingertips. Imagine, life's precious moments captured at near broadcast picture quality. Or a 780x Digital Zoom that brings distance scenes in so close you can almost touch them. The VL-WD450U is a digital camcorder that features a 2.5" Color LCD View Screen, 26x optical zoom, 780x digital zoom, and an 8MB SmartMedia card. In addition, the VL-WD450U is equipped with Super Cat's Eye Lux Recording, which allows users to record in dark situations and outdoors at night, and a Zoom Microphone that automatically adjusts from wide to narrow with the zoom lens to capture audio at a distance.
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