Shopping: new camera & camcorder

betty ming liu Writing how-to's 4 Comments

I just bought a new camera and a new camcorder! Even though I’m not gadget-y, learning these two tools will be exciting. Yes, expect better photos on this website. I also have fantasies of posting videos about our cats…I know what you’re thinking, that I’ve been single too long and have turned into a cat woman.

Haha. Maybe so. Lately, I’ve been getting That Look from many of my friends — and from my daughter, too. They usually listen supportively while I rave about the thrills in taking painting classes and creating a WordPress blog. But I can read the unspoken subtitles in their eyes: “You’re starting to get really weird. When are you going to start dating again?”

Soon. I promise. Right now, though, I’m enjoying the freedom of wandering and exploring. Hey, it’s taken me nearly half a century to even figure out my personal definition of f-u-n. Never EVER did I think those three little letters would encompass anything tech-related.

Which brings me back to the point of this post. Look at all the great stuff I just bought. I think I got a pretty good deal. Would like to get your opinion. Here’s the list:

  • Canon PowerShot SX120-IS. ¬†Better than a point-and-shoot but less complex than a “real” professional camera. Price: $223.
  • Kodak ZxD Pocket Video Camera It will also be my tape recorder. Price $95.99.
  • Vivitar tripod. Price: $19.99. But after the mail-in $19.99 rebate, it was free.
  • Sandisk 4 GB memory card. Sale price: $14.99. For storing whatever I’ve shot.
  • Free shipping and delivery.
  • I also had a $25-off rewards card.
  • Including tax, the grand total was $301.

The new (on left) vs. the old (on right)

I’ve never really used a video camera before. Bought a camcorder a few years ago but used it maybe once. This new one is so small and simple to use that the prospect of shooting video seems much less intimidating. (Still can’t believe its size relative to my toothbrush!)

When my daughter was little, I took photos of her with a basic box camera. Video seemed like scary man tech stuff. Thankfully, her dad shot some video of our Princess as a baby. Regrettably, we have nothing else to watch on screen. Her wobbly first steps and the elementary school birthday parties are simply memories in our heads. Too bad; wish we had more.

So I foresee a certain amount of personal empowerment in learning to use my camera and camcorder. And with journalism becoming such a multimedia enterprise, developing some basic skills in this area has become a must. Wish me luck!

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  1. Hey, Betty, nice buy! Love that little video camera. I’m also looking to upgrade my handheld, but I’m not sure what to buy. I hope you’ll give some feedback on the Canon once you have a chance to use it.

    The blog looks great, I didn’t even know you had it back up! Just stopped by to see if there was any new construction. Congratulations on getting back up and running. I love your color combo, completely foreign to me but very enjoyable. Not sure why you wanted the static front page unless you have something planned for it.

    Anyway, great to have you back!

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    Thanks, Joel! I already love this little CanonShot camera. Will write more about it later. But it’s a keeper. And thanks for looking up my new site. It actually isn’t up quite yet. Yeah, I decided to commit all-out to orange, which is my favorite color. As for the static front page, I’ll explain more soon. Basically, I just wanted to send the message that I’m looking for open, white space in my life. The “welcome” static page is like that moment when you go to visit a friend and you’re standing outside your friend’s home. That moment before you step into someone else’s world. :)

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    aw, you’re welcome, joel! btw, we had an nyu faculty meeting the other day. one point of discussion was helping our students to blog. they need help with the visuals. someone wondered about how to find free photos and i looked smart when i said i knew of four good websites for free pictures. so i linked everyone to your blog post about those sites!

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