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This is Some Crazy Cool Technology Right Here Y'all.

My dad is the kind of guy who likes to be on top of the latest technology (early iPhone adopter!) and yet so much happens with technology that he misses. I always feel super smart when I can melt his mind with a new technology or gadget. He constantly argues with me over iPhone vs. Android (I am wholeheartedly Android) and I stand by my choice. I keep attempting to convince him to make the leap into a different brand of laptop but he just doesn’t listen. I’m currently visiting him for the second time this year and brought along my new Sony Handycam and you may now consider his mind blown. (Over there on the left is my mom experiencing the camera for the first time.)

The last Christmas my parents spent together (1986 perhaps?) my dad pulled down an enormous box from the top of our fireplace from Santa. In it was a Sony video camera that took VHS tapes, meaning we could record Christmas morning and then watch it on our VCR later that evening. However, if we wanted to show our grandparents in California or my Aunt across town? We either had to take the video tape with us or mail our only copy (or spend an outrageous amount of money to have it duplicated.)

As I pulled out my newest Handycam my dad said “Well how is that any better than an iPhone?” (Oh, daddy.) I took him into a dimly lit room, turned the camera on and projected the latest video onto the wall and said “Because your iPhone can’t do this.”

BOOM.

He couldn’t believe it. Anyone that has come over has been taken into the back bedroom to watch videos on the wall or on the ceiling. It’s funny, when Addie first saw what the camera was capable of she gave me a look like “Well, it’s about time they made something like this! I’m so tired of watching videos on such a small screen.” Even Vivi reacts to it as though it’s perfectly normal to watch movies straight out of the camera on the wall.

Aside from the projector feature, I’ve loved the ability to charge it and download videos with the attached USB cable (ATTACHED! NO CORD TO LOSE!) the built in 16GB of memory with an option to expand it with a memory card and the zoom is smooth as butter. You may have a video recorder in your phone, but seeing the difference between phone videos and the videos that come from the Sony Handycam? There is a huge and obvious difference, and the Handycam isn’t very big, especially considering the video camera I grew up with and the fact that the ability to view all of your videos is built right in, no computer or TV necessary. I have visions of curling up as a family on a comfy hotel bed and reliving our entire day through the projector as we all drift off to sleep.

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A big thanks to Sony for sponsoring this campaign and for providing me with a camera to facilitate in my post, all opinions are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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