Disposable Camcorder

First it was disposable film cameras, then disposable digital cameras. But would you believe a disposable camcorder?

Consumer Reports has been testing camcorders since they came on the market 20 years ago.

So who better to assess a new disposable camcorder from CVS? Tester Jim Langehennig went to work. The $30 camera holds 20 minutes of video. Jim shot standard test images used to assess regular camcorders. And he didn't stop there.

He said, “I took the disposable camera home and shot some video there to see how it worked in real life."

You take the camera back to CVS and an hour or two later you can pick up your video on a DVD. The cost, $15, bringing your total expenses to $45.

When testers played back the video of the test patterns the results were disappointing. The edges are out of focus, not sharp at all. There's no sharpness here. Very, very soft. Very blurry. There's some unnatural movement going on in this still picture. Looks very unclear.

Consumer Reports says you'll get better results than this from any inexpensive, regular camcorder on the market.

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