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Overlook GX-5 Camcorder

3MP 57g CMOS 32GB Feb 2013
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2 Reasons For

Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium battery technology, which is the most frequently found battery technology on camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Light

When compared to other video cameras of this age and type that we have assessed, the weight of the Overlook GX-5 of only 57 grams is one of the lightest. The weights of similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the GX-5 range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 480g.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the HC-V110 (£399.99) (181g), or the HC-V130 (£149.99) (181g) both from Panasonic.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Overlook GX-5 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the GX-5 do have an image stabilizer.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have an image stabilizer including the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Overlook GX-5 does not have an HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the GX-5 do have an HDMI.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have an HDMI that you might want to consider including the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R56 both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Not Full HD

The Overlook GX-5 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years are also not Full HD.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF M52, the Panasonic HDC-TM900, or the Sony HDR-PJ620 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Overlook GX-5 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to look at including the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of only 32 gigabytes, the Overlook GX-5 has one of the smaller maximum memory card sizes amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The maximum memory card sizes of camcorders of a similar age and type to the GX-5 range from 8GB to 130GB.

There are a number of alternative 32GB maximum memory card size video cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the Rollei S-30 (£78.99) which has better reviews.

If you want a video camera with a larger maximum memory card size then you might also want to look at the Zoom Q4 (£31.00) (128GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Overlook GX-5 does not have a built-in display. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the GX-5 do have a built-in display.

Alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might want to look at include the Canon Legria HF R56, or the Sony HVR-Z7.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

The lowest battery capacity of camcorders of this spec and age is 440mAh, the highest is 2,200mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,400mAh. At only 500 milliamperes * hour, the Overlook GX-5 has a quite low battery capacity compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the GX-5.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Overlook GX-5 does not have a night mode. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF M52 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the GX-5, the Overlook GX-5 is not 3D.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D then you might also want to look at the Canon XF105 (£2,100.00).

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Not Waterproof

The Overlook GX-5 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the GX-5 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the GX-5, the Overlook GX-5 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ620 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Overlook GX-5 has a 1280 x 720 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution found on most small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago. Video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the GX-5 maximum video resolutions range from 720 x 480 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Only Has One Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Overlook GX-5 is more than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. This video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the GX-5.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Overlook GX-5

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market for over four years.

Average Battery Life (max)

The Overlook GX-5 has a pretty standard battery life (max) (2 hours) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the GX-5.

If you want a longer battery life (max) then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R66 (£199.99) (2.1h), or the Zoom Q4 (£31.00) (3h) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Sensor Type
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Pouch
Cleaning Cloth

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers overlook ly38, overlook ly38h
Barcodes 08028731012392

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