DXG-595V HD High-Definition Video Camera

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Video cameras are becoming more and more popular, and more and more smaller, but just because they’re little and inexpensive doesn’t mean you can’t get a good quality video from them.

One such company that makes HD video cameras and sells them at very inexpensive prices is DXG, most people balk at the quality vs price with these cameras, they can’t believe that a sub-$200 camera can produce a quality video. I’ve got the DXG-595V HD camera for review today, it’s DXGs flagship camera, and by the HD in the name we can see it’s a hi-def camera, and it can record up to 1080p resolution.

With a price of about $200 for a hi-def camera, most people can’t believe that it can possibly be any good, well it’s not bad really, especially if you consider the price. The videos at all resolutions are decent, but the still photos leave a lot to be desired, but this is primarily a video camera with the added function of a still camera, so these types of products are normally sub-par with still pictures, so it’s to be expected.

The DXG-595V HD Camera is easy to use, small and compact and seems very well made, I’ve been using it for all of our unboxing and product related videos since it got here, and I’m going to continue using it for some time to come. So if you’ve checked out our reviews lately with videos in them, chances are they were made with this camera…

First up, check out the video unboxing to see everything that comes with the DXG-595V video camera, quite a bit comes with it…

Specifications:

DXG-595V HD High-Definition Video Camera

Life is full of surprises, so be ready to capture them. With the DXG-595V, rest assured that you can take vibrant, clear and high-definition video. They key is in the details…the DXG-595V records 1080p high-definition video, with a 5X optical zoom and a bright 3” TFT screen to frame your subject or to review your video files.  What’s more, you can take fantastic digital pictures, up to 8M image resolution. And with the included ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme software, you can edit your video or create movies and watch them on your PC like never before!

Compact, lightweight and easy to take along, the DXG-595V is perfect for vacations, road trips and just about any occasion you want to capture.

Features/Specs:
-5.0 Megapixel, CMOS Sensor
-H.264 Video Compression
–1920 x 1080 at 30FPS (HD)
-Up to 8MP Image Resolution
-3″ High-Resolution TFT screen
-Supports High-Capacity SD Cards
-Li-ion Battery

Lens:
5x Optical Zoom Lens
Wide: F/3.2, f=6.26mm
Tele: F/6.8, f=30.75mm

Focus Range:
Normal: 17in ~ Inf.
Macro: 2in ~ 17in

Still Image:
Format: JPEG
Resolution: 3M,5M,8M (Firmware Interpolation)

Movie Clips:
Format: H.264 (MOV)
Resolution: QVGA(30fps), WVGA(60fps), 720p(60fps), 1080p(30fps)

HEIGHT     WIDTH     DEPTH
2.75”     5”     2.24”

Using the DXG-595V HD camera is actually very easy, I like the fact that the power button is behind the display so it can’t be presses accidentally. The display also rotates around so you can take pictures or movies of yourself as well.

It’s very small and portable, the included case is nice as well, it provides adequate protection for the camera and even a small pocket to carry extra memory cards if need be.

I also like the fact that you can switch to still or movie modes, but there’s also a button as well to take stills when you are in video most so you won’t have to switch to still mode.

The camera is small, lightweight and very easy to use, all of the buttons are right there within reach of your thumb for easy access.

Overall it’s very easy to use, and actually kinda fun…

One complaint I could have is that you can’t zoom in macro mode on the highest resolution.

The included software included is:

ArcSoft Total Media Extreme which also includes Total Media Theatre and TotalMedia Studio and NewSoft Video Works and NewSoft Mr. Photo.

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The included software is ok for most things, and it’s nice that they included several programs with the camera. It seems though every type of device like this comes with some sort of software bundled with it, and you’ll have to figure out yourself which software is right for your needs.

Here’s some sample videos and still pictures for you:

I’m not going to embed the sample videos in here as there are a lot of them, so here’s some links to them if you wish to check them out:

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Here’s a few sample still pictures taken with Macro and Normal modes, along with Black and White and Sepia as well. The DXG-595V doesn’t do very well with low lighting, it needs a lot of light to get good pictures, and at the very least be on a tri-pod at all times as it is very sensitive to movement.

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Product Image Gallery:

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You can also find a lot more information and reviews about Video Cameras over at our main site under the category of camcorders.

Conclusion:

The DXG-595V HD Video Camera is a great choice for a low priced hi-definition video capable camera, the price is well worth it for this camera.

Sure it’s not going to compare to one that costs thousands of dollars but it’s adequate for consumer usage, and even semi-professional as well. With the popularity of online video sharing sites, this cameras makes it very easy and affordable to produce high quality videos to share with everyone.

I can easily recommend this video camera as a great low cost alternative camera, the movies are decent especially if you consider the price.

Pros:

-Easy to use

-Decent quality videos considering the price

-Low priced

-Lots of accessories

-Seems well made

Cons:

-No zoom in Macro mode

-Battery life not that great

-Uses special battery

-Still pictures not that great, need lots of light

Grades:

Overall:

Design:

Performance: score-8-10

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  • http://kerblotto.blogspot.com vince

    Seems pretty decent. I’m glad higher end multimedia is becoming more accessible. More people doing creative video things, more competition with big media.

  • Anthony

    I have a question..where did you buy that camcorder? Everywhere I have looked it seems the stores are only selling the blue model with 10x zoom and the microphone in a different spot. Also, DXG seems to name that camera shown the 596 not 595. see this link: http://www.dxgtech.com/product_DVH.php?paraFocus=221×220

    I have then tried looking into buying the camcorder under the name shown on its website but no luck. If you could kindly pass along the website you bought yours on id really applicate it!

    Thanks!

  • Dave

    Just to let you know there is one undocumented bonus with this high def camera. You can take the video and play it directly on the XBOX 360 in HIGH DEF. You do NOT need to convert the files on the SD Card. I use a USB /SDHC card adapter and plug it into the front USB port of the XBOX 360 and it will play the video in 1080p without conversion. (latest xbox update required via Xbox Live)
    Very cool! I’ve owned the camera for two days, and for the money its not bad at all. It also records audio in 48khz AAC stereo (unlike the Aiptek which records in 22khz mono). The built in mic is stereo but it has poor stereo seperation..but good quality.

  • Dave

    To answer Anthony’s question. The 595v is uprgradable to the 596 with firmware from DXG’s website. I bought my camera from walmart’s website for under $200 including shipping and then upgraded it to 596 with firmware (fixed issues with noise/sound and others)

  • HowHow2

    what cam or camcorder did you use to record the video sample and the pictures.

  • Kristofer

    huh? I used the one in the review… why would I use a different camera to show how the one I’m reviewing performs?

  • Mike

    Where can i buy this camera? When i look up the model number it shows a different camera that says only 10x zoom. Could you email me where to purchase this.
    Thanks,

  • Conar

    does any one know if this camera is able to have a fisheye or wideangle lens attached to the original lens?

  • Jason Manuel

    Nice review.

    Speaking from experience, this is the best sub $200 HD camera. It edges out the Aiptek Action HD because of higher video bit rates, stereo mic (albeit low separation) and somewhat useful EIS in 720p.

    Conar,

    Yes, if you do some research on Steve’s forums, there is a wide angle that can be “snugged” on to the factory lens.

  • Aaron

    Does it have a mic input?

  • mike

    It does not seem that this version (20x zoom & glossy black finish) is available anywhere. Has anyone found where to buy this exact camera?

  • Aaron

    Hey mike,
    Just got mine in the mail from bestbuy.com
    Good luck getting yours!

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  • Greg

    Can anyone tell me what the part number for the battery on the DXG 595v is? I have lost mine and now have a very pretty PAPER WEIGHT.

  • NuttySquirrel

    Greg, Battery NP120 can be found on Ebay for about $4 plus shipping.

    To all Others,

    The best thing to rember about this camera is its only $200 The 1080P setting does have its issuses, but compare the video from this camera shot in 720P to the Sony Webbie and the Sanyo HD100, both these camera have a $200 price tag and are a “name brand” camera. Most will chose the DXG 595v with 596 firmware update. I more than happy with the camera I bought, when using the 720P (60fps) mode. My friends and faminly are impressed with the videos that I have takin. I should add, I’m using the Rich HD D10 which looks just like the DXG 595v and has the same specs. There is also the HD 8Z. All three camera look the same and maybe are. The AVForums reveiw is a joke! You must compare apples to apples. they are comparing hotdogs to steak! Sure this camera does not perform this a $900 Sony or Sanyo, Thats a “No Brainer”

  • Nathan

    how readily does the video taken on this camera transfer via USB to a pc for editing? ill it use any program for editing? i pretty much just want to make car videos and video tape me and my friends doing funny stuff and make DVDs of it. how well can this camera do that?

  • Kristofer Brozio

    Transfers no problem at all, though I normally just pop out the memory card and use my card reader.. as for editing programs I use Cyberlink Power Director 7, so basically any program that can edit the .MOV files will work

  • Isaac

    Hey uhh… I’m really kind of annoyed with the auto-focus feature when taking videos.

    I tried making a video thing of me talking or whatever and it just makes this obnoxious humming/buzzing noise and zooms in and out constantly. Anyway to override that?

  • Marcela

    I would like to buy this product but I cannot find it any where?. All I’ve found is dxg-595v hd 10x but I want the 20x. Please, advice. Thx.

  • Steve

    Has anyone been able to find the 20x zoom & glossy black finish. I checked with bestbuy.com but they do not carry this brand. If this is the same as the 10x can someone explain it to me please.

  • Robert D

    What is the maximum recording time for this camera used in both the 1080 and 720 mode using the largest card?

  • Andy Malcolm

    My camera does the same as Issacs, just makes a noise like a coffee grinder and blurs in and out of focus like it’s been drinking for three days straight. Anyone find a solution to this yet? The firmware update from DXG didn’t help.

  • Bryan

    I ordered mine from Amazon.com this week and they shipped the model reviewed here (with 20x zoom and glossy black finish), although the pic on Amazon is of the other model. Perhaps some vendors use an outdated photo?

  • Pat

    Kristofer – Nice review. I’m considering using a basic HD camcorder as a security camera. Can the DXG 595v stream live video through a HDMI port and can it be operated via a power cable instead of the battery?

  • Chris

    Have seen some post about the battery. I have a Kodak Dx6490 Camera, it takes the KLIC-5001 battery. This battery is 2000mAh, and it does work with the DXG-595v camcorder. It last alot longer than the battery that came with it. Just thought I would add this, Chris.

  • jack

    Has anyone tested the sound quality. I like to record live rock bands–very loud–does the sound quality stay clear at high volume?

  • Scott Asknew

    Reply to Jack:

    The DXG-595V is not so good in sound recording. When you play back your work, you will find there is obviously noise. If you want to get clear sound recording, another DXG model DVH-A80 or RICH HD-A85 are strongly recommeded for your consideration. See this link: http://www.vostrostone.com/digital-video-cameras-c-4.html

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