Medion Life E47000 pocket camcorder
The Medion Life E47000 digital HD camcorder looks like a superb deal
- HD video recording, HDMI cable included
- Stills quality wasn't impressive
If you want a 'proper' camcorder with all the HD connections included and the bonus of a fairly good resolution camera built in, you’d do well to give the Medion Life E47000 a look. An accomplished model with an unbeatable price tag — just watch out for battery drain.
As well as capturing video footage at a very respectable 1280x720 — the same HD resolution as the Flip Video MinoHD and the Kodak Zx1 — the Medion Life E47000 offers 5Mp still photo capture and comes with an HDMI digital connection.
A standard TV-out port and female mini USB port are also included with the Medion Life E47000. Medion even includes the HDMI cable needed to connect to an HD or HD-ready TV.
You don't get an SD card for your recordings, but given that the Medion Life E47000 offers features such as motion-detection and image stabilisation, we really aren't complaining at Medion about this one omission. The SD card slot is cunningly hidden at the base by the battery cover.
The Medion Life E47000 is a 'proper' camcorder in the traditional flip-out screen sense. Said screen is a full 3in across and turns through 180 degrees — useful if you want to use it as a webcam as Medion suggests in its '5 in 1' marketing.
Footage can be recorded in widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) and as well as the built-in speaker/microphone, there's a microphone port should you want to record a soundtrack or narrate a voiceover. There's a 10-second delay camera timer too.
You even get a choice of audio output formats: AVI, WAV or MP3. Photos are uniformly captured as Jpeg images and, as with the excellent Sanyo hybrid camera/camcorders, are triggered by a dedicated hardware button near the top of the Medion's 'spine'.
White balance and exposure are automatic on this fixed f7-stop camera, with settings for daylight, fluorescent and Tungsten artificial light. There's a flash if needed. Luckily, we were able to test it out in strong sunlight.
We didn't get the greatest results from the stills camera, with somewhat fuzzy, purple-fringed close ups of a pretty flower bed, though the lighting wasn't particularly favourable. Happily, the Medion fared very well when we took a photo of a monkey puzzle tree against a glorious blue, cloudless sky and with only a small amount of zoom applied.
A red-eye reduction mode and the option to adjust the exposure compensation were further welcome additions.
Just below the camcorder and camera shutter buttons is a telephoto to wide-angle rocker zoom that operates quietly and smoothly. Using these, plus the internal voice recorder, we took some very satisfactory video footage, with little vocal muffling even though we were shooting on the move.
Shooting into bright sunlight across a large open expanse, the footage on full zoom was still detailed enough to make out seated groups of picnickers and we were able to follow the action of a football team, again, by zooming in from a distance. When we changed to more favourable lighting conditions, colour saturation proved impressive and detail plentiful.
Join the newsletter!
Why virtualise your NAS environment?
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- 2 Oppo R11s review: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve
- 3 Blackberry KEYone Black Edition review: What the original KEYone should have been
- 4 Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review: The path of least resistance makes for an easy upgrade
- 5 LG V30+ Review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
Latest News Articles
- Netgear announce local availability for smarter, sharper, Alexa-friendly Arlo Pro 2
- Netgear to spin off Arlo
- CES 2018: Ring founder Jamie Siminoff sheds light on his vision for a more-connected, more-secure future
- CES 2018: Ring Bolster Security Offering With Cameras, Lights, Alarms and Subscription Service
- Keep Watch Day and Night with Uniden’s Two-In-One Camera and Spotlight
PCW Evaluation Team
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
- Sony a7R Mk III review: The strongest case yet for ditching your DSLR
- Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- MWC 2018: Alcatel
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTSAP Test AnalystsOther
- FTRPA DeveloperOther
- TPDNS Security SpecialistVIC
- FTIT Procurement Analyst - AWS, On-PremOther
- CCBusiness AnalystACT
- CCIT Security Manager - OperationsNSW
- FTBusiness AnalystOther
- FTLead Mobile DeveloperQLD
- FT1st Level Technical SupportVIC
- CCBusiness Strategy Analyst - Financial Services - Based in BrisbaneVIC
- FTSecurity Operations SpecialistOther
- FTJunior level .NET DeveloperQLD
- FTSoftware Media Applications SpecialistOther
- FTSenior Checkpoint Security EngineerOther
- FTSenior Java DeveloperNSW
- CCUnix AdminNSW
- TPBusiness Analyst - Office 365QLD
- FTPython DeveloperOther
- CCData Science ArchitectWA
- CCX2 BPE Managers - TelcoVIC
- FTSystem and Software TestersACT
- CCBenefits Realisation ConsultantACT
- TPSenior Software DeveloperSA
- TPBI AnalystNSW
- FTCloud EngineerOther