Milennius Memmoir Full HD camcorder
An ultra-affordable high-def camcorder with 3in touch screen
- Attractive design, responsive touch screen, good still images
- Sub-par video performance (but that's to be expected), confusing menu layout
There's plenty to like about the Millennius Memmoir HD camcorder. Although it stumbles in some areas, the $429 price tag more than makes up for any shortcomings. If you're shopping on a budget and require HD video, this is probably the best option on the market.
Price$ 269.00 (AUD)
The Millennius Memmoir is an ultra-budget high-definition camcorder that competes in the same space as Kogan’s . Like the Kogan, it records Full HD (1080p) video in the H.264 MOV format to SD/SDHC memory cards. However, the Millennius Memmoir comes with some extra tricks up its sleeve, including a generously sized 10-megapixel CMOS sensor (compared to 5 megapixels on the Kogan) and a 3in LCD touch screen. While its image quality is nothing to boast about, it remains more than adequate for the super-low asking price.
When we first pulled the Millennius Memmoir out of the box, we were pleasantly surprised by how attractive it looked. While it shares identical dimensions with the Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera (57x70x129mm), it benefits from a much sleeker finish. The black, glittery paintjob is reminiscent of the Canon Legria HF20 — a high-end camcorder that costs more than three times as much. Granted, certain concessions have been made to the build quality — including a cheap hand strap and flimsy battery door — but it still looks a lot better than any HD camcorder in its price range. It also comes with an HDMI output, meaning you can plug it straight into your HDTV without mucking about with docking stations or adaptors.
We were also fairly impressed with the LCD touch screen. We were worried this would be the Memmoir’s undoing, but it performed reasonably well for the asking price. While not quite so responsive as Sony’s handycam range, it still gets the job done with minimal hassle. Interestingly, Millennius has also thrown a direction stick onto the back of the device, essentially offering you the best of both worlds. You can consequently ignore the touch screen altogether if you’d prefer to keep the LCD free of fingerprints.
Unfortunately, while the touch screen is adequate, the actual menu is a bit of a mess. Millennius has opted for colourful icons over written text, but it’s not always obvious what each symbol means. For instance, the digital effect menu is represented by three coloured bars — despite the fact that both digital effects on offer (B&W and Sepia) contain no colours. That said, it’s unlikely many users will spend much time in the menu screen; this is a point-and-shoot model after all.
As you’d expect with a budget camcorder from a no-name vendor, the Millennius Memmoir fell down when it came to image quality. We tested the device under a variety of lighting conditions and played the footage back on an LG 50PS80ED plasma TV. While colours were reasonably accurate in our outdoor test shots, the picture became grainy when we ventured indoors (fortunately, it’s quite easy to adjust the manual exposure).
Millennius has included a Night Mode and inbuilt light to help out in dim situations, but unfortunately they don’t do a very good job. We were also unimpressed with the autofocus, which was far too sluggish to be reliable. That said, the Memoir is easily the Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera’s equal, and takes a pretty decent still image (up to 12-megapixels via interpolation) to boot. While it’s obviously not as accomplished as the Canon Legria HF20, we’d hesitate to say it was three times worse — in other words, you get more bang for your buck.
Like the Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera before it, the Millennius Memmoir comes with an 8GB SDHC card and a bonus carry case, thus bolstering its value even further. The Millennius Memmoir is only available to purchase from the Millennius Web site.
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Smart LED Bulb LB130
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Acer Swift 7
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Lexar® Portable SSD
Huawei Mate 9
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Surface Pro 4
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- AT&T will acquire Time Warner for US$85.4b in content play
- Facebook adds Apple TV and Chromecast support as video push ramps up
- Remocam review: This security camera can control your home appliances
- Logitech's C922 webcam is the revered C920's vastly upgraded successor
- Jump the line for the newest Chromecast features with Google's new preview program
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTTechnical Consultant MS Dynamics AXWA
- FTIT Business AnalystNSW
- FTSystem AdministratorNSW
- FTDeveloper/ ProgrammerSA
- TPOracle Consultant - CC&BQLD
- CCSolution Architect - Financial applicationsVIC
- TPHRIS Business AnalystQLD
- CCPMO ManagerNSW
- FTApplications DeveloperACT
- TP.Net DeveloperSA
- CCSecurity Analyst - multiple rolesACT
- CCProject ManagerSA
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- CCProject Scheduler-Port MacquarieQLD
- FTFull Stack PHP Developer - Focus on Front EndQLD
- FTBusiness Development Executive - Queensland Public SectorQLD
- TPInsights ManagerWA
- TPDigital Process Business Analyst - Digital Transformation**NSW
- CCWicked Front-End DeveloperVIC
- FTSenior Learning Specialist - Global OrganisationQLD
- FTERP ConsultantQLD
- CCStorage System EngineerNSW
- TPBusiness Project ManagerNSW
- CCMDM Consultant/DesignerVIC
- FTDynamics AX Functional ConsultantVIC