Cameras and Camcorders for Senior Travel

Dec 23rd, 2009 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

One of the fun things to do while traveling internationally is to take pictures and videos to share with others upon your return.  My daughter found one recently that she took on our eight-day trip to France. It’s a marvelous little gadget that can bring home lots of video memories.

She took a total of 68 short movie clips on one set of batteries (around 3 hours) and made copies of the video that she was able to share with relatives and friends.   The Flip Camcorder Video records up to 60 minutes of video directly to MPEG4 format on an internal hard drive.  The video is not exactly studio quality and it is more suited for quick talking head stuff or for posting to the Internet.  Of course, that’s where the Flip Camera excels, because after you record the video, you can plug it right into a computer’s USB port.  The “Flip” in the name comes from the USB connection, which flips out of the side of the camera, so no cords to keep track of. 

A Flip Video camera review provides information about the pros and cons of this little piece of technology.  The Flip UltraHD Camcorder 120 Min. U2120B (Black) retails for around $150. The cheaper U1120W 2nd Generation, 120 Minutes retails for around $100.  Check one of these out at your local electronics store such a Best Buy or Ultimate Electronics.

Most all of the digital cameras today allow you to download photos directly in your computer.  On my new iMac there is a neat program called iPhoto. Here you can put together a slide show complete with various choices of music.  You can chose the speed in which to dissolve each photo and much more.  Check it out at your local Apple Store.  This site shows you how to transfer digital photos from your digital camera to your computer.  Fairly easy and fun to share on your large 24″ or 30″ monitor.

JEB



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