Here's a look at a couple of cameras that road warriors might like to have along for the ride.
JVC HD Everio GZ-HD3 Camcorder
This HD camcorder could appeal to the mobile executive who needs to shoot quality video for playback on an HDTV.
Aside from the resolution (1440 x 1080i), what is nice about this camera isthe built-in 60GB hard disk memory. As a result you don't have to carry tapes or disks because the camera will hold up to seven hours of HD video. A low-tech feature that is worth mentioning, especially since it saves battery life, is the automatic on/off when you close the viewfinder. And the built-in lens cap closes automatically after a few minutes of the camera being turned off.
Most road warriors have widescreen HDTVs, and this camcorder can provide the correct-size images for those devices.
One very interesting opportunity to be creative is the Zebra function that will display a striped pattern across an area in order to fine-tune and set the exposure manually. Technically, the three CCDs (charge-coupled devices) are each dedicated to a different color, red, green and blue. Another plus here are all the outputs; HDMI, USB2, iLink and component video outs.
A very important point here for Mac users is that you will have to save the .tod (JVC format) files on your hard drive (with the Quicktime component for Everio installed) and open them with Quicktime Pro to edit. There are other programs available, but that would be the quickest way to access the files.
VHoldr Wearable Camcorder
For fun on the run, the VHoldr Wearable Camcorder is a great way to capture video while you're skiing, snow- or skateboarding or just winding your way through street traffic in New York. The cam has a small, threaded clip-on that will mount on any shoulder bag.
About the size of half of a pair of binoculars, it weighs a mere 4.8 ounces and records video to a MicroSD card. Battery life is about two hours. It's rugged, has a brushed aluminum casing and comes with an easy-to-access slide on/off back-end that hooks up to a USB port for both charging and downloading. Note: You just have to make sure it's not shooting the sidewalk.
A couple of uses for this would be to mount it to your ski helmet to record your progress down the slopes. Or mount it to a cap to record your golf swings to compare and contrast on the course.
There is a MicroSD card slot to amp up your storage space to capture your footage. This might also come in handy if you were on a factory tour and wanted to videotape and still be able to take notes.
It also has a Web site in case you want to share your videos online. If you want one of these you'll have to take a number -- right now the company asks you to leave your email address so it can alert you when more cams are available.
Site to See
Once you've shot your videos you could post them on-the-fly at the mobile version of Flikr. It's a lot like the regular Flikr only faster and not as overwhelming.
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