Saturday, June 27, 2009

Daddy's Birthday Gift

Big thanks to my Dad who gave in to get me this spiffy camcorder for my birthday (actually, he's paying for 2/3 of the actual price...not bad, eh!):

This is so much better than the Sony I wanted! First of all, this is HD (yeah!). We compared this to its Sony counterpart, and we were totally sold to these features & specs:

Standard Definition or High Definition High Definition
Power Consumption 4.0 w (SP mode)
Image Sensor 1/3.2" CMOS Sensor, RGB Primary Color Filter
Total Pixels Approx. 3.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Movies: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920x1080)
Still image: Approx. 2.76 Megapixels (1920x1440)
Maximum recording time 8 GB SDHC Card
LP (5 Mbps) 3 hours
SP (7 Mbps) 2 hours 20 min
XP+ (12 Mbps) 1 hour 25 min
FXP (17 Mbps) 1 hour -Allows 1920x1080 Full HD Recording. Greater recording time is possible with a higher capacity SDHC memory card.
Lens Zoom Ratio 12x Optical/200x Digital
Focal Length f=4.8-57mm
Zoom Speed Variable/3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
Max. F/Stop f/1.8-3.0mm
Filter Size 37mm
Focusing System Instant AF, Through the Lens/Manual Focusing Possible
Manual Exposure Yes
Programmed AE Auto, Program, Av, Tv, CINEMA, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000
1/500 (card)
Auto Date/Time Yes
Record Search/Review Yes
Minimum Focusing Distance 10 mm (wide)/1m (tele)
White Balance Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Auto, Manual
Image Stabilization SuperRange Optical (lens shift)
Viewfinder None
LCD Screen 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD (Approx. 211,000 pixels)
Recording Media SD/SDHC Memory Card (not supplied)
Video Terminal component (output), composite (output)
Audio Dolby Digital 2ch (AC-3 2 ch)
Accessory Shoe mini Advanced
Supplied Video Editing Software Pixela ImageMixer 3SE
HDMI Terminal Type C 480i/480p/1080I Format Supported
Microphone Terminal 3.5 mm Stereo Mini-jack
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal 3.5 mm 4 pole Mini-jack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.9 x 2.5 x 5.1 in (73x64x129mm)
Weight (not including lens and battery pack) 13.4 oz (380g)

Canon has released the Vixia HF200, its newer, upgraded version but unfortunately, it's out of stock. The limited budget we have could only afford this little piece of machine so it didn't really matter. By the way, this camcorder came with a 2 free Class 2 2GB SD cards and a tripod, so we're extra happy. All we need to do now is get ourselves a Class 6 16 GB SD card from ebay, and we're ready to roll! :)

To this new addition to our toy collection, welcome to our growing Canon family! Let's make memories (and capture them) together! :)

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