Best Buy Review by BNme2016
Plays above its' pay grade....
Before making this purchase, I spent 6 months reviewing multiple brands and units. Haven't owned a camcorder in 25yrs, currently use my Nikon D810 with 20mm prime f1.8 and 24-70 f2.8 for the occasional 5-10 min video. That said to qualify that I have a high expectation of image clarity and color reproduction. Substandard equipment [within my budget] just won't do.
By sheer luck, I came across a comment someone made about seeing this at CES and found a video accordingly. After reviewing the specs and seeing the ‘‘bare minimum’’ posted video from this particular camcorder, decided to wait and look personally when it came out. Very glad I did…
Pro’s: In sunlight, 4K, this camcorder is absolutely PHENOMENAL. Color, clarity, depth of detail is simply beyond expectation. 1080P is slightly less when compared side by side, but still fantastic. You can pause a recording and see details in the image the look like a still photograph.
Daylight, indoors, 4K, still produced recordings above my personal expectations. Color is great, clarity [if you have your settings and focus tracking properly] still great.
Sound capture: Using only the internal mic, it’s not perfect but MUCH better than expected and for home/personal use I have no need for a shotgun mic [which is available] Depending on your settings it offers Stereo, in 4K, or 5.1 surround in lower resolution.
Low Light: wow, read the specs but really didn’t think it would be this good. Not studio grade, but for my experience and needs pretty close. Scenes filmed on the city street, at night, 4K, are clear and colorful even handheld.
In depth, real world, low light test: https://youtu.be/jA3TpopmSvw
Optical stabilization: Are you kidding me? 5 axis floating head you can see move? This thing records video in low light, 4K from a moving car you can easily use for home movies [or security footage] if desired. Stop the frame and you can read the road signs going down the highway…
B.O.S.S. in 1080P is even better when walking around, almost no movement.
Cons: Occasionally struggles a bit in low light moving from varying depth of field objects if it’s a dark subject and faster moving pan, but actually I don’t see the need for that [you can also bump the focus assist to correct or simply let the camera catch up]
Dropping the resolution to take advantage of 5.1 surround and additional image stabilization results in more noise [especially bare minimum lighting], but who wants that/those shots anyway.
Battery life with the supplied unit isn’t stellar [2-1/2 hrs +/-], better than the 90’s units though ~ I’d recommend buying a spare and an external charger as it’s only rechargeable using the cord when on the unit otherwise.
Summation: For the money, this unit easily performs above it’s level. I put it on par, perhaps better, with the more expensive AX100 for 700.00 less. Still well within my return period, have around 50hrs of recorded video used and have no buyers remorse. It’s a keeper.