My camera died. Well, it hasn’t really died yet, but it is definitely on it’s death bed. I bought my Canon S90 on the suggestion of a professional photographer friend of mine when I was in New York City attending a wedding several years ago. Other than the lack of a view finder, I loved the camera. Then, about a month ago, it quit focusing when the zoom was extended. It still works great if you don’t zoom in, but that kind of defeats the purpose of a compact zoom camera. Though the power of Google, I learned that this is a common failure of this particular model and the general consensus was that it is not worth the money to get it fixed and since digital camera features advance almost as fast as cell phone technology, there had to have been many advances in camera quality in the intervening years since I bought the S90. I decided it was time for an upgrade. Continue reading
I received a gift card from my father-in-law for Christmas, so I bought something I wanted instead of something I needed (isn’t that what most gifts are about?). I enjoy driving and taking photos, so what better way of combining those two activities than a dashcam? I was looking at a GoPro camera but the cost was prohibitive. While searching for lower-cost alternatives, I ran across the Mobius ActionCam for around $80. Further research revealed that this camera is very popular with the radio controlled aircraft crowd because of its small size, light weight, and good picture quality. I watched a couple of video comparisons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wmIyD1fM4M is a good one), and while the GoPro was definitely more feature rich and easier to use, the Mobius is actually smaller than the GoPro and the video quality is comparable (at least on my computer). On to Amazon I went and a couple of days later my camera arrived!
I tried it out on a recent trip to Chattanooga and the results were impressive! Now I am going to have to buy another hard drive just to store the footage.
I used the camera for a while before I set it aside. I pick it up now and again if I want to shoot hands free video of something. It still works great, is light and unobtrusive, but is not always in my pocket like my cell phone. I picked up a handlebar mount for it, so I will take it for a bike ride to see what that looks like!
I am a gadget freak. I like all things electronica, except music (with the possible exception of “Warm Leatherette” by The Normal and a few songs by Heaven 17), so it is even better when I can combine my love of gadgets with the joy of driving. My faithful Garmin Nuvi 255 finally gave up the ghost after almost 5 years of service, which is a full life for a small electronic device. In my quest for a replacement, I was leaning toward Garmin, but did not rule any available model out. At a minimum, any new unit would at least have to have to all the features I liked on the 255, plus the ability to import a custom route via computer and some kind of warning about which lane to get into for an upcoming exit.