Saturday, December 27, 2008

To buy: video camera

I know it's still early, but we're making our list and checking it twice on things to buy. There's the crib, the rocker, the changing table tiny clothes, oy vey so much! The good news is we still have 6-months to shop.

We are trying to capitalize on the post holiday sales, though, and are looking at investing in our memories (insert "awww" here) with a video camera. Here are a few we're comparing:
  • Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Digital Camcorder - this camcorder has optical zoom up to 8x (which according to Matt is way better than digital zoom because it takes the pixilation out), can go under water, and has a cool swivel look. It's on sale now for $199 down from $399 - still out of our price range but definitely better than some of the bigger models.
  • Flip Video Mino Series Camcorder - this is a pocket camcorder and can only record up to 60-minutes of video. I'm not planning on being one of those mom's capturing everything, though, so that may be a perfect amount of time. This runs only $159 (down from $179) and has 4.5 stars out of 5 (I'm a big star watcher on Amazon). On the down side, it has digital zoom - translate, not great.
  • Flip Video Ultra Series - this is another pocket version coming in at $126 (down from $145). The price and size are definitely right - like the camcorder listed above this only shoots 60-minutes and is a digital zoom version.
Gosh, all this camcorder research is making me nostalgic for my childhood days of slide shows and Polaroid pictures. My how far we've come! Pretty soon we'll be shooting our kids in 3D with instant upload and hologram features! Oo, now there's an idea ...

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