Record HD Video on a Budget


It’s difficult to keep up with technology, and it’s also expensive if you insist on buying the latest gear. While it’s dizzying to keep up with advancements in technology, those same advancements keep making new gadgets more and more affordable. A case in point is this HD camcorder, which costs less than $300.


HD television sets have taken the world by storm. Once a rare sight in people’s homes, today it’s rare to find a home without one. Once you become accustomed to watching HD video, standard-definition video just doesn’t cut it, and anyone who owns a standard-definition camcorder probably wishes they had an HD camcorder. It looks peculiar when you watch 4:3 video on a 16:9 display, but it looks completely ridiculous when you stretch a 4:3 image to fill a 16:9 display.


You no longer have to make a huge investment in a camcorder just to be able to shoot HD video. The Aiptek AHD-H12 Extreme Camcorder costs less than $300, yet it can capture 1920 x 1080p video at 30 frames per second, as well as 16-megapixel still images. The camera also captures 1080i and 720p video at 60 fps, and 3-megapixel stills, if you prefer those formats. A Continuous Shot mode captures up to 10 still images per second.


The Aiptek AHD-H12 Extreme Camcorder features a 12x optical zoom auto focus lens and a 120x digital zoom. It contains 128MB of internal memory, which is pretty much useless, but an SD/SDHC memory card slot lets you use cards up to 32GB in capacity. Of course, you have to purchase those cards separately.


The AHD-H12 is tiny, measuring only 4.8 x 2.4 x 2.8 inches, and weighing only 0.72 pounds. Even with such small dimensions, Aiptek managed to squeeze in a 3-inch rotating widescreen LCD and rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. A built-in LED aids in low-light recording. Convenient features include electronic image stabilization, face detection and tracking.


The camera sports a microphone input for improved audio or when you would rather not use the built-in microphone. An HDMI output lets you view content on high-definition displays while a composite video output lets you view content on standard-definition displays. A USB 2.0 output connects the camera to any modern computer. If you are creating content destined for YouTube, Aiptek’s embedded software allows for rapid video sharing.


The Aiptek AHD-H12 Extreme Camcorder packs a lot of functionality into a small and easily portable package. If you’ve been putting off the purchase of an HD camcorder, now’s a good time to make the plunge. Times are good when a camera weighing less than a pound can shoot HD video for less than $300.

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2 questions

1-is their a sync track, or the ability to sync between cameras, audio, and video?

2-what editing software will work with the output formats of this camera?