I hate technology.
It sounds funny coming from a blogger and writer, right? From someone whose job relies on computers, the internet, and e-mail? I know it does. So let me explain.
The thing is that I really do *love* technology. I love shiny new electronics. When I started my job, I got a little giddy when they handed me a MacBook. I love new cameras and lenses. New iPods, TVs, cell phones, and even game consoles. If I’m walking by an Apple Store, I go in just to stare at the beauty of the iMac. I can’t even tell you how badly I want to cancel our Verizon contract and switch to AT&T just so we can have iPhones.
But the reason I hate technology?
It seems that as soon as you buy it, it’s not good enough anymore. For instance, the laptop from which I am writing this post is only three years old, but it may as well be a dinosaur. It runs as slow as hell, the 140 GB hard drive is constantly full, it freezes frequently, and the battery is completely dead and does not hold a charge. New computers these days offer twice as much memory, and hard drives are often 1 terabyte. TERABYTE! It’s sickening.
I think the worst part of it all is that technology is so disposable. When we upgrade to the latest and greatest, there really isn’t much you can do with the old stuff. Who wants a computer that barely works?
Aside from the computer situation (we’re living on borrowed time, I fear… keeping our fingers crossed that this thing holds out), we are currently looking at video cameras.
I bought a video camera back in November 2001 when I was in college. At that time, they still used the little Hi8 tapes. I’m glad I have the footage that I have from those years, but it sucks to have to hook everything up to the TV and fast-forward through things in order to watch them.
At Christmas 2005, Michael bought me a DV (digital video) camera. It was amazing to be able to take video and then transfer it right to our computer. Video! That was digital!! Awesome. But now? Now, there are tiny little video cameras that take way better video (High Definition!) than we can, and they’re relatively inexpensive, too.
And so it is time to upgrade again. We figure that with a new baby coming, we need something that will take the kind of video that we’ve become accustomed to seeing everywhere.
My DSLR camera actually takes HD video, which is awesome, but there are two drawbacks: 1) It’s not as portable as the new video cameras available, and 2) You have to manually focus, so it is difficult to keep focused when you’re following around moving subjects (i.e. toddlers!). Although we love that the DSLR has that capability and plan to continue using it, we need something that we can throw in a pocket, purse, or diaper bag and use on an everyday basis.
We’re in the market for a “pocket” HD video camera. I’ve been collecting recommendations; does anyone have ones they want to share?
After some research and reading reviews, we’ve earmarked a couple of Kodak cameras as favorites:
…or the Playsport (Zx3)
As far as I can tell (so far), the Playsport has the same features and specifications as the Zi8, except for one cool “extra”–it’s waterproof up to 10 ft. deep! And given that it’s in the same price range, why NOT go for the waterproof one? It appeals to us because of our vacations, but it’s also kind of nice to know we can easily take video of our baby at “water babies” classes, in the kiddie pool, or even in the bath.
I’ve been looking into the Flip brand cameras as well, but all of the reviews I’ve found that compare the Flip to the Kodak always seem to pick Kodak as the “winner.” And I saw some side-by-side comparison video and I think I like the result from the Kodak better.
Anyway, still open to hearing what you all have to say. Pocket cams in general–yea or nay? Specific cameras you like/dislike?
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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