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September 18th, 2009


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11:36 pm - Lights, camera, action!
Today I bought my first ever video camera.

I've been wanting one for quite a while, but was underwhelmed by the quality of the output, since I wanted something that would look like film in terms of the level of detail captured. Since high definition is now fairly standard, I've finally found something that suited me, at least to use as a starter video camera, so I can try my hand at film-making, something I've also wanted to do for a long time.

My new video camera is a Vivitar® DVR 840XHD HD Flash Camcorder & these are its specs:


Dimensions

Product Height
2.55 inches

Product Width
2.2 inches

Product Depth
4.6 inches

Product Weight
11.99 ounces

General Features

Model
DVR840XHD

Product Type
Flash memory

Enclosure Color
Red

Miscellaneous Features

Cables Included
HDMI cable, A/V cable, USB cable

Supported Languages

English

Connections

* USB (1)
* Mini-HDMI


Power Features

Power Device
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP60)

Battery Features

Battery Type
Product

Chemistry
Lithium Ion

Size
Specialty

Capacity
720 mAh

Voltage
3.7 Volts

Rechargeable
Yes

Display Features

Type
LCD

Display Size
3 inches

System Requirements for PC Connection

PC Operating System Support
Windows 2000/XP/Vista, CPU Pentium III 800Mhz, 128MB RAM and 700MB Free space, 4xCD ROM, 1 USB port available

Additional Features

Auto power save
Yes

Self Timer
Yes

Audio Recording
Yes

Low Lux / Night Mode
Yes

Digital Still Camera Function
Yes

Camera/Camcorder Features

Resolution
8.1 Megapixels

Megapixel Range
8 MP

Camera/Camcorder Color Support
Yes

Effective Sensor Resolution
8100000 Pixels

Digital Zoom
4

Special Effects
Normal, B/W, Classic, Negative), Photo Frame for Picture Red-Eye Reduction, Intelligent Lighting

Exposure Compensation
±1 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps

White Balance Presets
Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent

Digital Video Format
AVI

Still Image Format
JPEG

Video Capture
HD (1280x720), D1 (720x480), VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240)@30fps

Back Light Compensation
Yes

NightShot
Yes

16 x 9 recording
Yes

Memory/Storage Features

Supported Flash Memory
SD/SDHC

Integrated Memory
64

Image Storage
3733x2808, 2592x1944, 1600x1200

Format Features

JPEG, JPG
Yes

AVI
Yes

Camera Flash Features

Camera Flash
Built-in

Flash Modes
Auto, Off, Red-Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction
Yes

Lens System Features

Lens System Type
Zoom

Focal Length
6.8mm~34mm

Lens Aperture
F3.5~3.7

Optical Zoom
5

Microphone Features

Microphone Type
Built-in

Connection Features

Expansion Slot(s)
SD/SDHC

Connector Type
USB, HDMI

I also bought a 8GB memory card for it, although it takes up to a 32GB one -- store was out of the larger capacity ones, but I can pick one up later on. 8GB should be enough to use for a start. I should probably also get a 0.5 or 1 TB portable drive too, since working on video projects will suck up an enormous amount of storage space on my hard drives. Plus I need to install Adobe Premiere Video Suite on Lucius since the computer it had been installed on has been pushing up daisies for a while.

I have a few ideas for video projects already. I guess my accounts at YouTube and Funny or Die will actually have original content sometime in the not-too-distant future . . .
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