October 17, 2009
I (unintentionally) lied.
So I was all set to buy a sub-$200 HD digital camcorder, when I spotted a deal on this little beauty. It's a Sanyo Xacti HD1010, and since I had named my other choices Sammy and Kody I thought it would be
coolfun to name him Zac. For just the proverbial "few dollars more," Zac has extras Sammy and Kody don't have, like a forward-facing viewfinder and 10x optical zoom, while providing the same video resolution and SDHC storage medium. The Xacti line are referred to as "dual cameras", meaning you can take still photos while shooting video and the video is unaffected. The pistol grip isn't the easiest to hold steady, so I'm working on that. For now, everything I shoot looks like a Bourne movie. My computer isn't necessarily old or underpowered, but it was designed with corporate America in mind and it isn't liking the HD video too much. Hopefully I'll have some example footage up soon.