Video cameras are becoming more and more popular, and more and more smaller, but just because they’re little and inexpensive doesn’t mean you can’t get a good quality video from them.
One such company that makes HD video cameras and sells them at very inexpensive prices is DXG, most people balk at the quality vs price with these cameras, they can’t believe that a sub-$200 camera can produce a quality video. I’ve got the DXG-595V HD camera for review today, it’s DXGs flagship camera, and by the HD in the name we can see it’s a hi-def camera, and it can record up to 1080p resolution.
With a price of about $200 for a hi-def camera, most people can’t believe that it can possibly be any good, well it’s not bad really, especially if you consider the price. The videos at all resolutions are decent, but the still photos leave a lot to be desired, but this is primarily a video camera with the added function of a still camera, so these types of products are normally sub-par with still pictures, so it’s to be expected.
The DXG-595V HD Camera is easy to use, small and compact and seems very well made, I’ve been using it for all of our unboxing and product related videos since it got here, and I’m going to continue using it for some time to come. So if you’ve checked out our reviews lately with videos in them, chances are they were made with this camera…
First up, check out the video unboxing to see everything that comes with the DXG-595V video camera, quite a bit comes with it…
Life is full of surprises, so be ready to capture them. With the DXG-595V, rest assured that you can take vibrant, clear and high-definition video. They key is in the details…the DXG-595V records 1080p high-definition video, with a 5X optical zoom and a bright 3” TFT screen to frame your subject or to review your video files. What’s more, you can take fantastic digital pictures, up to 8M image resolution. And with the included ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme software, you can edit your video or create movies and watch them on your PC like never before!
Compact, lightweight and easy to take along, the DXG-595V is perfect for vacations, road trips and just about any occasion you want to capture.
-5.0 Megapixel, CMOS Sensor
-H.264 Video Compression
–1920 x 1080 at 30FPS (HD)
-Up to 8MP Image Resolution
-3″ High-Resolution TFT screen
-Supports High-Capacity SD Cards
5x Optical Zoom Lens
Wide: F/3.2, f=6.26mm
Tele: F/6.8, f=30.75mm
Normal: 17in ~ Inf.
Macro: 2in ~ 17in
Resolution: 3M,5M,8M (Firmware Interpolation)
Format: H.264 (MOV)
Resolution: QVGA(30fps), WVGA(60fps), 720p(60fps), 1080p(30fps)
HEIGHT WIDTH DEPTH
2.75” 5” 2.24”
Using the DXG-595V HD camera is actually very easy, I like the fact that the power button is behind the display so it can’t be presses accidentally. The display also rotates around so you can take pictures or movies of yourself as well.
It’s very small and portable, the included case is nice as well, it provides adequate protection for the camera and even a small pocket to carry extra memory cards if need be.
I also like the fact that you can switch to still or movie modes, but there’s also a button as well to take stills when you are in video most so you won’t have to switch to still mode.
The camera is small, lightweight and very easy to use, all of the buttons are right there within reach of your thumb for easy access.
Overall it’s very easy to use, and actually kinda fun…
One complaint I could have is that you can’t zoom in macro mode on the highest resolution.
The included software included is:
ArcSoft Total Media Extreme which also includes Total Media Theatre and TotalMedia Studio and NewSoft Video Works and NewSoft Mr. Photo.
The included software is ok for most things, and it’s nice that they included several programs with the camera. It seems though every type of device like this comes with some sort of software bundled with it, and you’ll have to figure out yourself which software is right for your needs.
Here’s some sample videos and still pictures for you:
I’m not going to embed the sample videos in here as there are a lot of them, so here’s some links to them if you wish to check them out:
Here’s a few sample still pictures taken with Macro and Normal modes, along with Black and White and Sepia as well. The DXG-595V doesn’t do very well with low lighting, it needs a lot of light to get good pictures, and at the very least be on a tri-pod at all times as it is very sensitive to movement.
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You can also find a lot more information and reviews about Video Cameras over at our main site under the category of camcorders.
The DXG-595V HD Video Camera is a great choice for a low priced hi-definition video capable camera, the price is well worth it for this camera.
Sure it’s not going to compare to one that costs thousands of dollars but it’s adequate for consumer usage, and even semi-professional as well. With the popularity of online video sharing sites, this cameras makes it very easy and affordable to produce high quality videos to share with everyone.
I can easily recommend this video camera as a great low cost alternative camera, the movies are decent especially if you consider the price.
-Easy to use
-Decent quality videos considering the price
-Lots of accessories
-Seems well made
-No zoom in Macro mode
-Battery life not that great
-Uses special battery
-Still pictures not that great, need lots of light