Mustek DV550 Camera/Camcorder/PMP/Webcam, (Hah!) Should You Buy It?

Mustek DV550 Camera/Camcorder/PMP/Webcam. Hah!

The Mustek DV550 looks pretty impressive and I would buy it on impulse. It packs 5 megapixels and is touted as a do-it-all camera, camcorder, PMP and webcam.

As camera, the DV550 can record JPEG images at 4032x 3024 pixels, useful if you want your photos upsized as posters. The 2.5-inch LCD and built-in flash are nice touches too.

As media player, this Mustek gadget can play MP3 and WMV files. It can function as a voice recorder and can be used as a webcam. It runs on three AAA batteries, sweet.

Best of all, its price is only $150. I’d spend my last $150 on a thing as good as this. They’re showing it off at CES 2008 which winds down today.

But what is this? Someone in Frisco, California filed a Ripoff Report saying he bought a Mustek DV550 which promptly broke down, was replaced and broke down again. He even names the store, China Electronics along Grant Avenue. Caveat Emptor!

[Site: Mustek.com.tw]
[Via: DigitalCameraInfo.com]

Chris Malinao

About Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.

One thought on “Mustek DV550 Camera/Camcorder/PMP/Webcam, (Hah!) Should You Buy It?

  1. Brian Taylor

    I bought the Sanyo Xacti 40 which is a very similar device. Here are its problems.

    a/ Low light performance is APPALLING. This is useful from sunrise + 2 hours to sunset – 2 hours or under scorching indoor lights.

    b/ No external microphone so most of what gets recorded is the cameraman breathing, the autofocus clicking in and out and very little from the subject unless they speak very loudly.

    c/ Auto-focus is all over the place with a moving image.

    OK Xacti is not MUSTEK but I would check that the above faults are not built into the MUSTEK line.

    HTH
    BrianT


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