Jennifer's Place Archive
April to everyone!
Several weeks ago I received the following question from
Elizabeth: I want to capture every aspect of this
journey. I would like to buy a video camera and software
to create videos with music and captions. I have no idea
were to start. Do you have any recommendations?
Last weekend I had the opportunity to sit down with my
brother-in-law, Matthew, the most astute shopper I know
when it comes to purchases such as this. And just as
expected, he came through with some great suggestions!
Here are two of his recommended resources for
researching technology products.
The first is
You could spend days here, just reading about products,
product reviews, new software, special offers, and so
on. If you are considering purchasing a video camera,
here is what Matthew recommends:
First, click on the "Camcorders" link on the top, left
side of the cnet.com homepage. Once there, first click
on the "Camcorder Buying Guide" link. You'll be taken to
a page just FULL of great information. Educate yourself
about what style camcorder is best for you, based on
your budget, interests, and needs. This page will walk
you through that process.
Next you can read through cnet's product reviews,
including their Editor's top picks.
And there is also link from the Camcorder page to
information about music- and video-editing software.
Another website Matthew recommend spending time on is
This is also a site devoted to helping people, "choose,
use and enjoy electronics." I know you'll also find
helpful information there!
And for what its worth, Matthew is quite brand loyal to
Sony. Ann says that if Sony made a toothbrush, they'd
Last, my always very helpful mother, knowing I was
preparing this post, shared this link with me yesterday
for anyone looking at digital cameras:
As you make your plans for that incredible trip to
China, I have to say taking a video camera should be a
high priority. If it is not in your buget to make this
purchase, do consider borrowing one from a relative or
close friend. I can tell you that the video we have of
our Gotcha moment and first hours with Adrienne is more
priceless to me than you can imagine . . . we never tire
of watching it.
Thank Matthew and Mom!! And thanks to Elizabeth for
posing a great question!