The one on the left is a Sony Handycam using the mini DVD format. It has excellent features with 120 x digital zoom, Carl Zeiss lens, Supersteady shot, Nightshot and it was made in Japan. It has been with me since 2004 and has served me fine till December 2009 when on the trip to Labuan the camera just went bonkers and will not focus.
A check with the camera dealer in KL conclusively indicated that it was beyond them to repair and it had to be sent to Sony. Sony Malaysia confirmed the repair bill to be RM505 which seemed to be quite high especially when we had been using the camera for almost 5 years and now there is in the market new cameras with Hard Disk format. The DVD format is quite cumbersome to use as the maximum capacity of the mini DVD is at the most 1 hour of recording and each DVD costs about RM50.
Time to buy a new camera.
With the support of the wife, we went hunting for a new camera. At the Megacity KB Mall we found a camera very much to our liking. It has a Hard Disk format quite small in size costing RM1999. They came in 3 beautiful colours, blue, maroon and black. To entice us to buy one Megacity threw in a tripod for free and nothing else. We deferred our purchase to later.
The next day we saw an advertisement in The Star by Court Mammoth that the same camera was being offered at less than half price for two days from 27th to 28th February with 4 units being offered a day. So off we went to Court Mammoth Kota Bharu on the 28th of February being the last day of the offer. We armed ourselves with the newspapers.
Upon reaching Court Mammoth Kota Bharu, we were surprised to find out that they don't have such offers. We scrutinised the advertisement and we found out that the offer was only for Court Mammoth Penang which has just been opened. I wanted to kick my backside for not reading the advertisement carefully. Fortunately I can't reach my backside so I couldn't kick it. At the KB outlet we saw many other models on display and we settled on one of them costing slightly above RM2000. They said they will take our orders and the stock will come soon. We are not buying something which we cant take home immediately.
Off we go into the midst of KB town where at Ban Huat Electric we saw the same model. It was a JVC Everio GZ-MG645RAG with a 60 GB Hard Disk memory. That will give us a recording time of between 7 - 75 hours depending on the picture quality we choose to record in. It comes with a nice bag too. Though it has only 35 x optical zoom, the 1920 x 1080 Pixels resolution when upconverted via HDMI cables to my 37"LCD TV should give us great viewing pleasure. Above all it was made in Malaysia. Hey I am patriotic enough to support a Malaysian product. This toy cost us RM2080.
With this new toy, now I am going off to KL Matta Fair comes this 14th March 2009 at PWTC to buy a holiday package to either Europe, Egypt or the Goldcoast of Australia, which ever we fancied. Anybody wants to join me for a holiday somewhere? I promise to shoot lots of video which we could share.