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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Review - Coby SNAPP CAM5002 HD Digital Camcorder #Travel-Friendly

Review of Coby SNAPP HD Digital Camcorder Cam5002
There is no need for me to mention that we want to be able to record our trip to Nicaragua in December, because everyone that travels like to have digital memories. During our hunt for travel-friendly products, Coby has been a strong contender, as we previously reviewed the Coby VZon MP957 HD Media Player, which is ideal for the plane ride. Now we get to review another great Coby product I think everyone who is not too tech-savvy should have without sacrificing sleek looking device OR its ability.

I'll be recording our memories with Coby's SNAPP CAM5002 HD Digital Camcorder. Off the bat I will say this is a great digital cam for the non-tech savvy people. It is extremely easy to use. There is a switch on the top left hand corner that hides an integrated USB plug that allows you to easily plug it into your computer and upload whatever photos or videos you took. There is only 32MB of internal storage on the device, but there is a handy SD slot for an SD memory card (up to 32GB) to record much more. If you're not tech-savvy, chances are you can't get around to editing your videos, but Coby includes Muvee software which makes editing very simple, so simple my parents can actually edit videos.

Review Coby SNAPP CAM5002 HD Digital Camera Side ComparisonsOn to the specifics of this device. The camera came handy with an A/V cable, USB extension cable, hand strap, CD and a handy black pouch to keep it from getting scratched up. The SNAPP CAM5002 comes with an integrated battery, so no need for AA or AAA batteries to carry around. It has a 2" color  LCD viewfinder to allow you to see what you're filming, 4x digital zoom, integrated speaker and the ability to take pictures (5MP) and record in 720p HD resolution. The battery allows you to record a little over 1-hour of video (when set to HD recording).

The SNAPP CAM5002 retails for about $99, but can be found for as low as $40 on sites like Amazon. We used a 4GB SD memory card and have comfortably recorded many things since we received the camcorder. We don't have a need to record for hours so its perfect to use on 10-30min. clips for us. I can't stress how easy it is to use. You turn it on, the menu is simple, then press the record button to capture it all. I can't lend my parents my iPhone 4 to record, but they can certainly use the SNAPP camcorder, as it is 1000x easier to get around. As for quality of videos, Its not HD channel on your TV-type quality, but the video is rich. When plugged into our HD tv it certainly shows rich colors, the zoom does not have a choppy effect on the video and the audio is very decent. The device is VERY light in your hand, so much that it feels a little unsturdy, but we have not had a problem with it. The only con I have about the device is that it does in fact feel light, as if there is a lot more empty space in there than should be. If that were the case, a slimmer casing would be ideal.

Overall, for the price, the Coby SNAPP CAM5002 HD Digital Camcorder is great! Especially for the non tech savvy people who want to capture special moment in life here or while traveling. I honestly can't wait to head to the Isletas de Granada in Nicaragua and video tape the boat ride on this device! A huge thanks to Coby for providing us with both great devices! They will be coming in handy on our trip! :)

Disclaimer: I was NOT paid for this post, however I did receive the product in question, from the company or their representing PR company, free of charge in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and I have provided a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation for my review nor was I under any obligation to give a positive review.

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