Last week I spent some time making a DVD from the video of my son's birth. He's 6 and a half years old and none of us has ever seen the footage. Not sure why. It was a C-Section and I remember it being a tad gruesome. But my wife has always wanted to see it and I decided it was finally time. So I got out the old Sony Digital 8 camera and proceeded to piece together the clips from 1999. Turns out the I didn't capture the graphic stuff, just the amazing stuff. Isaac appearing above the drape in the doctor's hands. I saw everything with my own eyes but I guess the camera was a few inches lower than my vantage point. It was great and my wife loved the sentiment. Truly amazing to see us 6 years in the past... we've actually aged. Granted we've been through a lifetime of crap during this period, but it's clear that I'm a different person now than I was then. It also was incredible to see how freakin' cute my daughter Audrey was at two. :)
That brings me to the thought of getting a new camcorder. I like my Digital 8, it still works well, but it's hardly convenient. It doesn't have a screen and it's a bit bulky for sustained or steady use. Chris Saito mentioned getting a hard drive device. This was intriguing so I looked into the options. I stumbled on something different. The Sanyo C5.
Some of you may remember my thoughts on a device that would record "video snapshots" or "video snaps," basically the idea is to have a 5 second snapshot. It would record 5 seconds of video and also give you a high quality digital photo at the same time. This could bring photos to life, in a sense. I talked about some cameras that were close (Kodak and the Casio Elixim), but these still felt too much like a digital camera and not a camcorder. Though the Casio has a very cool feature called "Short Movie."
The Sanyo C5 is a 5MP digital camera that records MPEG 4 video at 640x480. It's very small. It looks more like a camcorder than a digital camera, as you hold it at its base and control the functions with your thumb. It has a flip out video screen, 5x optical zoom and a flash. You can record full frame video and take a 5MP digital photo at the same time. It's a nice device and I decided that this was the best fit for me right now. The only drawbacks are that it's USB 1.0, and doesn't have a red-eye flash. It slips in your pocket though so it's very convenient to carry around and be at the ready. This is what sold me. I have been very bad about capturing video of my children because I always have to have that clunky camcorder around with Hi-8 tape too boot. The Sanyo records directly to a 2GB SD card for up to 2 hours of footage. It's easy to dump the video onto my mac and then onto a DVD.
Maybe I'll actually use this thing...