Ever since Anders was born I have been meaning to purchase our family a camcorder. My parents have one and they use it every once in a while to record the children during visits to their house or on family vacations and looking back at those videos, the oldest only recorded two or three years ago, I see such a change in my children it makes my heart ache.
Pictures are great. I take plenty of those, but they don’t capture the way Anders’ voice sounded when he was first beginning to speak or the funny way Danica would scoot across the floor on her bottom before learning to cruise the furniture and eventually walk. Video is just as important, if not more, than the snapshots I have taken through the years and that’s why I’m excited that I finally have a way to document Anders and Danica in this way, the Sony Handycam.
Part of the reason I have drug my feet on buying a camcorder is because, for us, it’s a major purchase, one that requires a lot of research. To me there is no greater disappointment than bringing home an item I’ve longed for and only to discover it’s not that great, or the quality just isn’t there.
After using the Handycam, I was excited to learn it was exactly what I was looking for in a camcorder, but better. Here are some of my favorite features of the Handycam and why I think it’s a great camera for parents who want to make home videos of their children:
- I have to mention right off that it has an attached USB hook-up. If you are like me and have 20 different devices, each of which comes with no less than 5 cords, things can get confusing (and lost) quickly. I love that when I’m ready to download our home videos to my computer, I don’t have to first search the house for the missing cord.
- Ever notice that kids are way cuter when they think no one is watching? The moment you break out a camera, many will freeze up or stop doing whatever adorable thing they were doing seconds before you pointed a lens in their direction. Well, the Handycam has a 30x optical zoom, meaning you can maintain your distance and while you capture the cute.
- It takes photographs in 8.9 megapixels while recording video. That’s some valuable multi-tasking right there, folks.
- It has a fancy sensor that allows you to capture video in low light. For me, this is great because our home is surrounded by trees and many of the rooms are dark even during the daytime. It’s also great for taking videos of night-time little league games.
- You guys, it has a built in projector. You can take a video and immediately watch movie theater style. You can take it anywhere and share your videos right away, no complicated television hook-up process required. This is one of my favorite features and my 5-year-old loves it, too. In fact, he actually asks to make videos so that we can watch them using the projector. That’s a big deal for the kid who usually throws a hand in front of his face when you pull out a camera.
Do you make home videos of your family? What features do you value in a video recorder?
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