If you remember, I did a post a few days back about digital cameras, but somehow I felt that it was kind of incomplete without doing a roundup of all the camcorders, or movie cameras or digital video recorders or handycams, call them what you will. Fact is I don’t have one, and what holiday is complete without holiday movies for heaven’s sake! How can I show my face at a tourist spot without a handycam in tow duly forming extension of arm!
Time was it was the Japanese who were seen in every nook and cranny of a tourist spot, sporting the latest, the tiniest, the most sophisticated cameras ever, wide smile unwaveringly fixed in place, but now pretty much everyone seems to have one, so why not me, I say! Let’s explore the possibilities shall we?
I don’t want anything too fancy (or complicated), just something that will help me capture when the kids do or say something really funny or something to shoot the animals at the zoo with; you know the kind of thing? OK now I looked for ‘Handycam’ and all I came up with is Sony models; how perplexing I thought! Then the penny dropped, Handycam is a trade mark name, much like ‘Walkman’ both of which are now pretty much generic. Duh!
Now this Panasonic 40 GB Hybrid Hard Drive Camcorder model I liked a lot for $351.66. Sounds really neat: “The 40GB internal hard disk drive lets you record continuously for up to 36 hours (in LP mode) without changing a disc, tape or other recording media. But if you run out of room, there’s a slot for your SD/SDHC memory so you can keep taking home movies or pictures without worry.“
Then this Samsung SC-D372 MiniDV Camcorder I thought was very reasonable for $149.99, but it turns out this one records on those little tape things. And that’s like outdated right? So let’s plough right on.
One of the commentators here, J David, made a mention that as a person who worked with cameras he was of the opinion that Canon was the best bet for cameras, so this Canon DC310 option I liked for $249.99 where you use a DVD for recording.
Also this JVC Camcorder GR-D850 is pretty good for $198.85 which uses the Mini DV as recorder.
And what of the Handycams? No electronics list is compete without mention of Sony, which has such a brand loyalty that it can have an advert that simply but effectively just says “It’s a Sony”, this one was one of the lowest prices I could find: $222.90 for this Sony Handycam DCR-HC52 MiniDV Camcorder.
So taking the sage advice of my significant other, I have to quickly get myself one of these and as quickly thereafter take a holiday!