Sony NSC-GC1 Net-Sharing Cam

Sony's limited edition Net-Sharing Cam is an affordable all-in-one solution to shooting video for the Web.


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The Sony NSC-GC1 Net-Sharing Cam is not a camcorder or a Web cam, but something in between. The growth of online video sharing through Web sites such as YouTube and other social networks has opened up the market for a device that bridges that gap between no-frills Web cams, and the high resolution and fancy features found on expensive camcorders. Combine this with an easy way to upload your content direct to the Web and we could have a winner.

Design
Plasticky, boxy, cheap. These are not words usually used to describe Sony electronics, however the NSC-GC1 also carries a price tag which reflects its build quality. Besides being a fingerprint magnet, the high-gloss plastic casing keeps the unit at a lightweight 150 grams. It's also compact at 29mm by 56mm by 104mm and can easily be wielded around with a single hand.

The design isn't very ergonomic; the sharp-edged retangular shape is far from the comfortable curves we're used to seeing on Sony Handycams and the upright position of the unit makes it all too easy to cover the flash with your fingers while shooting. Another quirk we discovered was the camera's unbalaced weight, which means the camera will not stand up on its own when the LCD is flipped out. This required us to be creative in order to use the timer function for hands-free filming.

Features
Aiming to keep things simple, controls are kept to a minimum, laid out along two sides of the body with a directional pad and joystick for navigation. The buttons might be slightly small for large fingers but you shouldn't need to delve into the menu system often, so it isn't too much of a hinderance.

The 2.4-inch LCD display is below average with a resolution of just 123,000-pixels. Though this is adequate for shooting, it's not very impressive. However, the ability to swivel the screen 360-degrees is a big plus, allowing versatile shooting from almost any angle.

The NSC-GC1 records video in MPEG4 format which is saved to Sony's proprietry Memory Stick card format. There's no internal memory and the device doesn't come bundled with a card, so you'll have to fork out extra for storage.

Besides its low price and ease-of-use, the biggest selling point of the Net-Sharing Cam is the built-in software which provides a simple means of uploading your footage to YouTube, MySpace, Facebook or any video sharing site of your choice. Upon connecting the camera to a computer, you are automatically guided through the steps to upload.

In-camera editing options allow you to resize, rotate and split your footage before uploading. In addition to being a low-res video camera, you can also use the NSC-GC1 as a standard Web cam or a still camera. You can print stills direct from the device, at a maximum resolution of 5-megapixels.

Performance
With simple controls and a straightforward menu system, the NSC-GC1 is extremely easy to use and perfect for those who want to get a bit creative without needing in depth knowledge.

Video quality is unimpressive and definitely not useable for anything other than online. You can get better quality in a compact digital camera or camera phone but, again, the concept is what we're focussing on -- this device is not trying to replace existing technology, instead it is forging a new medium.

The Sony NSC-GC1 Net-Sharing Cam is a limited edition device with only 300 units available in Australia, so not everyone will be able to get their hands on one -- even if they want to. We think Sony has come up with a good concept, so hopefully we'll soon see more devices of this type.



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theoryskater23 posted a comment   

The Good:most of it

The Bad:uploading

i have had mine for almost a year now and im pretty satisfied but i cant seem to upload anything on my computer with it. i tried everything. someone help me!

 

theoryskater23 posted a comment   

The Good:most of it

The Bad:uploading

i have had mine for almost a year now and im pretty satisfied but i cant seem to upload anything on my computer with it. i tried everything. someone help me!

 

theoryskater23 posted a comment   

The Good:most of it

The Bad:uploading

i have had mine for almost a year now and im pretty satisfied but i cant seem to upload anything on my computer with it. i tried everything. someone help me!

 

gamanonce posted a comment   

camera powers up. screen only displays access! (blaced out) no picture.....have any idea what the problem may be??? help!

 

chato posted a comment   

i have a problem i have this device and when i turn it on it automatically zooms in and out. i cant take a picture or a vid. i cant go to the menu or anything.
when i press any buttom pretty much it zooms in and out. can some one help me!!!

 

ddfffg posted a comment   

yea does this camera have a stand someone pleez send me a message back here or at hqmanny@yahoo.com pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzz

 

kgydd posted a comment   

The Good:kytiu9j

The Bad:]lkjgyujo

does this camera have a stand

 

ssbb posted a comment   

can someone help me my gc1 wont turn off and the screen is blacked out or says access

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wakkawakka posted a review   

This device is totally portable and but does have decent quality. I wish it had a better auto focus or manual ring. It also has only a digital zoom, so it's jumpy, but for the price it's perfect for that last minute vacation. 2gig card records over 5hrs of video.

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bsmooth512 posted a review   

Im having problems with the software driver it wont install on my computer any advice I cant save my videos or upload them to youtube. I was able to do it and now it just wont do it


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  • theoryskater23

    theoryskater23

    "i have had mine for almost a year now and im pretty satisfied but i cant seem to upload anything on my computer with it. i tried everything. someone help me!"

  • theoryskater23

    theoryskater23

    "i have had mine for almost a year now and im pretty satisfied but i cant seem to upload anything on my computer with it. i tried everything. someone help me!"

  • theoryskater23

    theoryskater23

    "i have had mine for almost a year now and im pretty satisfied but i cant seem to upload anything on my computer with it. i tried everything. someone help me!"

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