My second purchase, love the camera so much i bought a second. Though i bought the open box deal this time and didn’t receive the computer installation cd.
Takes good video in the daylight and good video in the dark with the ir turned on. Add a external ir light and it can really reach out to capture night creatures. We use it for squach hunting. He can run but now he can’t hide in the dark.
Bell and Howell DNV16HDZ-BKFull 1080p HD 16MP Infrared Night Vision Camcorder, 10x Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black)
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- 1080 full HD video output with infra-red night vision
- 16 mega pixels max resolution, 10x optical zoom, 120x digital zoom
- 3.0-Inch wide LCD touch screen, built in LED light
- Two SD card slots (SD and Micro SD) – max 32GB in each
- 37mm filter threading, rechargeable Li-ion battery, PC and Mac compatible
There are some engineering defects which are well described on youtube (focus problem sometimes), but workarounds available. Good for the price (used) night vision works well, tho be aware of distance limitations (about room distance) since it only has 1 infra-red led. You can always add on led attachment.
But we are not profesionals.
Bought this as a gift for a ghost hunting enthusiast. Functions beautifully and he gets compliments on it all the time. Can be just a normal video camera also but the infrared is great. Get a separate red light though, so you can have the extra power.
Bell and Howell DNV16HDZ-BKFull 1080p HD 16MP Infrared Night Vision Camcorder, 10x Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black) : This is a decent, low cost, hd video recorder. It takes excellent daytime video when recording either indoors or outside. The battery lasts for quite a while. The owners manual could be a little more informative. I primarily purchased this camera for the “night vision” capability. The “night vision” has turned out to be a disappointment. While it works very well inside at close range, it doesn’t “see” more than 20ft at night, even with a very powerful ir illuminator (4in by 6in led ir floodlight). My 15 year old sony hi-8 handi cam has much better “night vision” capabilities.
Not used it yet but for trials, but so far this little thing works great. I attached a ir for my ghost hunting (read ninja dogs at night), and so far works well.
Great product and fast shipping.
We bought this for the night vision aspect. Without spending the money on an extra illuminator it doesn’t light up an area of more then maybe 6 feet. Also, i wanted to leave it on for overnight and it only comes with a 2 hour battery and bell and howell does not offer any replacement or extra batteries, nor could i find any on amazon. The battery also cannot be removed and set on a charger. So even if i used a back up, i would have no way to charge the original in the meantime. I also have a sony handycam with many extra batteries and was hoping they would be interchangeable, they’re not. I think that sony makes a way better product.
Range is greatly increased when coupled with an ir illuminator.
Overall, i think the pros outweigh the cons. Worst problem i have encountered is the auto-focus tends to try to refocus itself frequently when motionless, especially when filming moderately close or in tight quarters. It’s very lightweight, in fact i was surprised to see just how small the unit was. The infared isn’t bad aside from it’s limited range, which i’m sure could be remedied by the addition of an external infared light bar. Overall, i believe it to be a good buy for the price.
Ir needs secondary light source to be effective.
A simplistic camera that has its ups and downsthe focus can be a problem but it’s easy to work with in the right situationmy only major issue is the videos are. Mov so windows media maker doesn’t play the sound but once converted it works fine some people might find this a challenge if they don’t have any computer knowledge.
A nice less expensive ir camera. Remember to buy an ir illuminator to go with it.
The night vision on this camera is amazing. The camera is light weight and perfect size to hold in your hand. Only thing is when you zoom in it takes a moment to adjust. I would say if your considering buying this do it. Oh and also the memory card does hold two but only one regular size card and one micro card.
I read a lot of reviews in this little camera before i bought it, watched the youtube demos and got into the deal expecting to be disappointed. I wasn’t disappointed at all. There was some discussion of the weak ir capability and sound issues. I solved the ir problem by getting a polaroid ir light, extending the ir capability by more than double the range, faster focus times and better image quality. In daylight mode the camera is nice, although the 10x zoom is a bit less than i would have wanted. 12mp stills and full hd is nice though, and for the price (refurbished was under $100) it’s a contender. It doesn’t have the picture quality and ir capability of a $250 camera but the thing is; it’s not a $250 camera. It’s a darn good $100 camera.
Very good camera and simple to navigate through the functions. Night feature worked well and i bought an external ir light to extend the distance but it’s very clear for close quarters. The camera comes with a case with a belt loop. Very happy with the camera so far.
This was great camera for the first 4 months it takes great high quality video, and pictures, somehow something internal broke, after that it would not take pictures or video. Usb connectivity, as well as an sd card for fast file transfers to pc or video editors. Fortunately i bought a squaretrade warranty. They were unable to fix it, but gave me enough money to replace it. Lets hope the 2nd one works a bit longer. A lot of options only available on higher priced cameras. Actually, i think people are starting to realize the quality and value of these cameras, as the price increase quite a bit from the time i purchased the first one to the time i bought the 2nd.
The onboad audio is abysmal though. Bough this for the ir mode and it does okay. Loses focus pretty easy, unfortunately.
The wife loves it and has made good use of the camcorder on more than one occasion. I call her paranormal peanut.
Its a fantastic camera the only problem with it is that the threads on the bottom are plastic. After mounting it on a tripod and bracket with metal threads the ones on the camera were completely stripped. The only reason i didn’t return it was because my brother was able to re-thread the camera with a metal thread rather than a plastic one.
Although i love the camcorder as a whole and the ir truly works great my only issue is the focus and mic speaker if not for the issue with the focus not functioning properly i could live with the mic issue otherwise nice cam but could use longer lasting battery will need to buy extended time batt separately all in all worth the money and on a even better note i just found out that this camera aldo can be used as a static cam in other words u can use the usb cable and plug it in and record without using the battery at all and actually the speaker seems to work just fine do far as for the micro sd/sd cards when one is full it seamlessly changes to the other one without disrupting recording again a great camera for the money.