The Aiptek 3D i2 camera is one of the first and few 3D camcorders of the year, but sadly lands quite solidly at the lower end of the camcorder totem pole. I really had high hopes for my first 3D pocket camcorder, but the Aiptek 3D fell short on most aspects.
When I opened the box my initial thought was how cheap the Aiptek 3D felt and looked. I pulled the battery out and loaded it up. While the battery added some weight and made the overall feel some better, I still felt underwhelmed.
I plugged the retracktable USB arm into my laptop to charge and pulled out the accessories and although the camera need attention, I must give Aiptek credit for including a HDMI cable (most do not) for connecting to HD TVs. Also included is a pair of 3D red and blue lensed glasses, a USB extension cable, soft pouch and wrist strap.
Operation of the Aiptek 3D is quite simple with 4 large buttons and a center joystick that also doubles as a push button. There is a start/stop record button, still picture capture button, 2D/3D selector button, trash button, and finally the center joystick that is used to navigate the menu, scroll through clips and “select.”
When recording in the 3D mode it isn’t necessary to use the supplied glasses to get the 3D effect on the screen, but when watching the footage back on a 3D capable TV or computer screen they are a must… or so I’ve read. At certain viewing angles of the screen while in 3D mode did make my head spin a bit and I found myself preferring the 2D mode for the better clarity.
Video quality is mediocre and I don’t have any sample footage because no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get the Aiptek 3D to recognize my Kingston 8GB SDHC memory card. For the few second clips I shot with the practically useless 128MB of internal memory, I was unable to get the included software to recognize. There are several sample videos on YouTube if you want to form your own opinion.
A good camcorder is easy to use whether is be the simple pocket style or an expensive full sized camcorder. For me if I can’t pull a camcorder from the box and figure out how to perform all the simple functions (which most I can… and so can you) then I have to wonder about whether using it is even worth the effort.
While the idea of the pocket 3D camcorder is great, Aiptek’s execution is pretty poor. Personally, I would prefer to put my money into a quality HD camcorder like the Flip SlideHD, the Samsung HMX-U20, the Sanyo VPC-CA102 or many others that are not frustrating to use or edit.
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- Sensor: 5 Megapixel 1/3.2″ CMOS 1; 2 x 5MP 1/3.2″ CMOS sensors
- Lens: Not Specified By Manufacturer
- Zoom: Digital: 4x
- Recording Media:Internal Flash Memory Up To 128MB; SD/SDHC Up To 32GB
- Video Format: High Definition MPEG AVC/H.264 1280 x 720p (30 fps)
- Still Image Resolution: JPEG: 5 Megapixel, 2592 x 1944
- Display Type: LCD
- Screen Size: 2.4″
- Built-in Mic: Yes
- Built-in Speaker: Yes
- Inputs: None
- Outputs: 1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0
- Microphone Input: None
- Headphone Jack: None
- System Requirements
- XP, Vista, 7
- Pentium 4 3.2GHz Processor or greater
- 1GB RAM
- USB 2.0 Interface
- OS X 10.4 or later
- 1GB RAM
- USB 2.0 Interface
- Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 4.6 x 2.8 x 0.9″ / 11.68 x 7.11 x 2.29cm
- Weight: Not Specified By Manufacturer