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Sunday
Jun072015

The HP LC100W '4K' Mini Camera Disappoints (and of course it doesn't really do 4K)

Some of the most popular videos I've made over the years have been about Mini Cameras. There's something about cameras like the Mobius or the Polaroid Cube that really capture the imagination. I still find it amazing that I can buy a 1080p camera that's smaller than the tape cassettes my SD camcorder used only a few years ago. 

The HP LC100W is a strange device, it's not really suitable to be used as an action camera due to the narrow field of view lens and it's not a dashcam because it doesn't auto start recording. The specs for this camera still looked interesting though and if more care and consideration had been put into the design process it could have been a real contender, sadly a number of poor decisions relegate this one to being an also-ran.

You can download sample clips here

If you want to buy one, it is available on Amazon - links below.

 

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Reader Comments (15)

Unfortunately there is no link to sample clips.

June 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteritanium

Thanks for the info - I've fixed the link now (slightly concerned that it's taken over a day for anyone to notice though).

June 8, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for review, I would have been tempted to try this one. Keep up the good work.

June 9, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbriner

Great review, as usual. Not sure about the racial slur though, I guess it keeps the youtubers happy.

June 9, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteral

You misunderstood the joke. It's not a racist slur (and I'm surprised you would think I'd resort to something like that) It's a reference to a South Park episode where the music from the Peruvian Nose Flute bands is the only things that keeps giant marauding Pirate Guinea Pigs away. When the flute bands are forbidden from playing in public places, the Guineapigs proceed to wreak havoc. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemic_(South_Park)

June 9, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I caught the South Park reference and loved it. I also love the irony that Randy Marsh kept telling his family to smile at the camera as they were escaping the guinea pigs. Thanks for another wonderful review I admire how you can find a balance between professional objective critique coupled with well-timed sarcasm.

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMac

After seeing that episode I find that it's impossible to see a Peruvian flute musician without thinking about it. Perhaps I'll have to clearly signpost all my pop-culture references in future to avoid misunderstandings.

June 10, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Your pop-culture references are always a well-timed delight.
I wouldn't mind a few nerd jokes here and there either. Example, While recording in MOV mode instead of having a single video file this camera goes Amoeba on you with the files...
My favorite is from last week's video when your comeback to a previous troll was "that's why no one talks to you at parties"

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMac

Hi, sorry to derail your comments section. It did seem out of character so I apologise for the accusation. Now I have to think about how I feel about unintentional offence and when I have caused it.

As you were.

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteral

It's not a problem.

June 10, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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