Millennius Memmoir Gold Full HD Video Camcorder
A budget Full HD camcorder for just $379 with a touch screen and 20-megapixel stills mode
- Good video performance for asking price, user-friendly interface, 20-megapixel stills mode
- Light on manual features, cheap connectivity flaps
For the asking price, the Millennius Memmoir Gold is a very impressive offering that will suit families and videographers on a budget.
Price$ 379.00 (AUD)
The Millennius Memmoir Gold Full HD 1080p Touchscreen Video Camcorder Camera is an ultra-affordable high-def camcorder that records to SD/SDHC memory cards in the H.264 AVI format. It also has a real mouthful of a name (from hereon in, let’s just call it the Millennius Memmoir Gold, mmkay?).
Priced at $379, the Millennius Memmoir Gold is one of the cheapest Full HD camcorders on the market; bested only by the Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera (at $239) and the Kogan Full HD 1080p Touchscreen Video Camera ($299). (We haven't included HD pocket cams, which are considerably cheaper but lack the features of a fully fledged camcorder.)
The Millennius Memmoir Gold camcorder comes with plenty of impressive features for the asking price, including an optical image stabiliser, a 3in touch screen and a massive 20-megapixel still image mode (via interpolation software). Other highlights include a 12x optical zoom lens, inbuilt face detection and a smattering of digital effects.
The Millennius Memmoir Gold is a product refresh of the Millennius Memmoir, which debuted late last year. So what has Millennius added to justify that sparkly new moniker? Is it truly a work of gold, or just a gaudy veneer?
First and foremost, Millennius has extended the optical zoom lens to 12x, up from just 5x on the Millennius Memmoir Full HD camcorder. This makes a huge difference to video, particularly during outdoor events where it may be hard to get close to the action.
The Millennius Memmoir Gold is a decent looking camcorder — especially when its price tag is taken into account. Its body is dominated by a fat lens housing a 1/2.3in 10-megapixel CMOS sensor. While not quite as streamlined as some of its costlier competitors (57x70x129mm), it should still fit inside a carry bag with minimal hassle. (Incidentally, a free carry pouch is included in the sales package if you’re short on bag space.)
We were fairly impressed with the Memmoir Gold's overall build quality, although there are a few budget-flavoured quirks to be mindful of, including cheap connectivity flaps and a poor quality handstrap. These are hardly deal-breaking flaws though.
The camera’s barrel-like shape fits comfortably into the hand with all of the major controls within easy reach of the fingers. Our only reservation is the zoom rocker, which was a little small for our liking; that said, it gets the job done.
We thought the Millennius Memmoir Gold’s LCD touch screen did a surprisingly good job. Our fingertip made for an adequate stylus, and we rarely found ourselves pushing the wrong icon by accident. If you’re not a fan of touch screens, have no fear — a directional joystick is also included on the back of the camera, essentially giving you the best of both worlds.
The actual menu is straightforward and easy to navigate, though manual options are predictably limited. We were pleased by the addition of text above each menu icon: the previous Millennius model made do with a confusing array of symbols.
When it came to image quality, the Millennius Memmoir Gold definitely punches about its weight. To test the device, we used it in a variety of lighting conditions and then played the footage back on a Pioneer KURO PDP-C509A plasma TV. We found the results to be roughly comparable to Kogan’s Full HD 1080p Touchscreen Video Camera. Colours were sharp and accurate in our outdoor shots, with grain entering the picture in dimmer environments. While it doesn’t give you quite the same video performance as a top-tier vendor, its output should be more than acceptable for the mum 'n' dad crowd.
Special mention must also go to the Memmoir Gold’s 20-megapixel still image mode. To our knowledge, no other camcorder offers a higher pixel-count in any price range. The 1/2.3in sensor does a good job of rendering images accurately and with plenty of colour. If you’re looking for a camcorder that can take print-worthy photos, you should definitely consider the Memmoir Gold.
On a final note, we were also big fans of the Millennius Memmoir Gold’s instruction manual. We’re used to budget camcorders coming with shoddy, leaflet-sized manuals written in Pidgin English (in fact, plenty of big brand vendors are guilty of this crime too). By contrast, the Millennius manual is glossy, well written and comprehensive. If you’re new to video and camcorder technology, this manual is sure to be a godsend.
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @Goodgearguide
Join the newsletter!
Bringing VR out of office and study spaces will serve to help it attract the new audiences it needs to continue growing
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 Zolo Liberty+ review: The true wireless earbuds you've been waiting for
- 5 Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review: The path of least resistance makes for an easy upgrade
Latest News Articles
- Netgear Launches the Arlo Go LTE Wire-Free Camera on Telstra’s Mobile Network
- D-Link Wins Prestigious iF Design Award 2018
- Reolink Launches a New 4G LTE Security Camera, Available in Australia
- Netgear announce local availability for smarter, sharper, Alexa-friendly Arlo Pro 2
- Netgear to spin off Arlo
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.
- Interview - Netgear CEO Patrick Lo talks eSports, the NBN and why mesh is the smartphone of home Wi-Fi
- Everything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Comparing The Google Home’s Assistant To Amazon Echo’s Alexa
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: A predictably-exellent flagship uplifted by a standout camera
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCSharePoint Lead / DeveloperQLD
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- FTSecurity Operations Specialist (SIEM)Other
- FTFull Stack Developer - (Mid Level)Other
- FTSenior Project MangerOther
- FTFrontend Developer/Digital DesignerNSW
- FTSecurity SpecialistOther
- TPSenior C++ DeveloperNSW
- FTLead/Senior DevOps EngineerOther
- FTSenior .NET Developer / Consultant - Brisbane based (Work from home/client site)QLD
- CCUDS DeveloperNSW
- FTTechnical Lead UnixOther
- TPSystems AdministratorQLD
- TPEL1 Data AnalystACT
- FTApplication Support ManagerOther
- FTSQL Database AdministratorWA
- FTFull Stack .Net Web DeveloperOther
- CCMultiple Java Developer roles!NSW
- CCSenior Business Analyst - AMLVIC
- CCKnowledge Analyst (Digital Content)NSW
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst (Junior - Mid Level)NSW
- FTIT Systems AdministratorVIC
- CCSenior Tech BA (Banking) , 6 months contract, CBD Location,NSW