In about three months, I’m going to be a father for the first time. I realize that it is going to be a huge life-changing event. (Even if I didn’t everyone I talk to likes to remind me. It’s great the first few times you hear it. Somewhere around the 10,000th time, it gets a little old.)
Historically, I’m not one to take a lot of pictures, but I’m going to try to change. That’s what I need your help with today. I’m looking to buy a device or maybe a couple of them that can capture all the moments, both in still pictures and in video. You’ll note that I said a device, because the last time I looked into this, a few years ago, there were cameras for pictures and Flip recorder recording for video.
I’m looking to upgrade my existing seven year old point and shoot camera. It takes fine 5 megapixel pictures. However, it lacks the ability to shoot in burst mode and I have to essentially wait 3-4 seconds before the picture actually takes, causing a lot of missed shots. It has a video mode, but the video is standard definition quality and might be limited to 30 second clips. On the other hand, I have a video camera, but it has only a 2x optical zoom and no image stability so every video has that Blair Witch nausea-inducing effect. For $79 a couple of years ago it wasn’t that bad at least it is 720P or better.
It’s time for an upgrade.
What I’m looking for is something that can take pictures fast and has some kind of burst mode so that I can choose the best one of a dozen to keep. I’m also looking for something that can full HD video with some kind of image stabilization. Finally, it needs to be very, very small so that I’ll actually want to take it with me and use it. Some may suggest that I simply use the camera on a smart phone, but I am hoping for better quality. Also, I don’t want to picture quality to be a major factor in why I choose a phone and a plan… there are enough other factors in smart phones that are more important to me.
One solution has caught my eye. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 seems to shoot really fast, has a 10x optical zoom, 18+ megapixels (and I thought the 5MP took up a lot of storage pace), a full HD model, and it is tiny. I’m amazed they were able to put a 10x zoom on something so small.
There aren’t many reviews as it is a new product. The pictures on Amazon look pretty amazing to me. They match my high expectations. The video that I found on YouTube seems passable. It didn’t knock my socks off. I’m not sure if there’s any image stabilization.
This is my leading candidate for now. Readers, what do you say? Have you any suggestions? While I have your attention here’s a related question… what movie editing software do you, Windows folk, use?