It seemed a bit uncharacteristic of him, so one morning when I opened my email to find this, I thought it might be in my interest to pay attention. So I did; and it was.
You can see how nicely it fits in one hand, and all operation is with the thumb. Here’s the Sanyo Digital Movie C40 roundup & specs. To sum it up, though, this shoots amazing 640×480 video at 30 frames per second. Still images are 4-5 mega-pixel, and it has 6x optical zoom. Best of all, no tape, no mini-DVD, and no HDD. It used an SD memory card; 2 gigs goes for about 40 bucks, and I believe they have 4 gig cards now. At max quality, it’ll shoot better than an hour of video. Cool feature: it will shoot beautiful, hi-res stills while shooting video. Just press the button. Here’s a photo taken this morning, using the built-in flash.
Here’s a video I uploaded to YouTube this morning, documenting our arrival in Arnold, CA, our second home, after a 500-mile, 8-hr-on-the-button (calculate my average speed) trip from the San Diego area yesterday. Now, the first thing I notice about that video is that the quality is way turned down from what I shot. I’d love to show it to you here, but it’s an 86 Meg file, and that would eat up just too much storage.
But here’s a short one that’s only 21 Megs of the snow falling this morning, outside the front door of the cabin. If your system doesn’t pick up the .mp4 extension type, it’s Quicktime that’ll play it in this native form (it comes off the camera like this — no pain-in-the-ass capture and convert required). Now, to get an idea of the quality difference, here’s the same thing after getting YouTubed.
More stuff to come, and when I get home, I’ll snap a picture of the Sony Camcorder and the Kodac still camera that this is replacing.