Monday, 24 March 2008

Dylan chronicles

It's time to post some more Dylan videos. As usual, there is nothing special in the clips, but they do document stages in Dylan's development and therefore represent important memories of ours.
Before getting to the videos themselves, a couple of words about the hardware used to take them. As I've mentioned before, we were looking to get a new digital stills camera that would take better films than the camera we now have (a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40) and which we can have an easier time carrying while away. However, it seems like there's no perfect fit for our requirements: Cameras that use AA batteries, thus not requiring us to tag along with a dedicated charger, are not much smaller than our current Panasonic Lumix. On the other hand, cameras of the credit card size/shape tend to exclude any manual intervention from the photo taking process, therefore antagonizing me by default (plus they have their own dedicated slim fit batteries that require a charger, rendering them bigger than the larger AA cameras for travel).
We also had a look at camcorders. However, we quickly found out that in order to get something acceptable you need to spend at least $700, otherwise you suffer in the quality or usability departments. It also seems like the world of camcorders is currently split: you can either get camcorders that record linearly on tape, which requires an import ritual to get the film from the camcorder and onto your PC but on the other hand allows you to easily edit and create movies using software like Adobe Premier; or, alternatively, you can get cameras that record on a hard disk or on an SD card which means you can easily copy the file to your PC, but then your editing options are limited because the file is already in a compressed form.
With all of the above, we have decided to stick to our Panasonic Lumix for now. I suspect that eventually, when Dylan's arsenal requires something more sophisticated to document, we'll buy a camcorder. By then we'd probably be able to find something cheap enough and decent enough that records on a flash card and allows for full editing facilities. Till then, I have to say that I find still photography to be generally superior at documenting memories than videos, and luckily we're already well equipped in that department with an excellent SLR.
One last thing about buying cameras: do not trust anything coming out of the salespeople's mouth. They do not know a thing about what they're selling; they can only read the cameras' list of features aloud or make arbitrary statements that are as conclusive as religion. For example, they would recommend one camera over another just because it has "face detection", which may be a nice feature but its relationship with picture quality is rather ambiguous; and in response to a question about camcorders' quality, I was told that they're all "digital quality". Can anyone tell me what digital quality is, other than a bombastic sounding expression? Please don't make me mention the salespeople love affair with mega pixels either.
Instead of having to listen to what this ignorants have to say (not that I blame them; I blame their employers), do your homework. For digital stills cameras, do not move before you read what dpreview has to say.

Now for the video clips. Jo took them all more than a week ago, but because of the heat and the backlog of photos to upload from Tasmania we only got to uploading them now.
The first clip shows us Dylan playing and eating what is probably his favorite toy at the moment, a mirror:


In the next clip, Dylan is playing with this Tupperware puzzle ball that Jo got him (for quite a lot of money, by the way; it's a nice toy, but Tupperware sure know how to steal people's incomes):


Next here's Dylan playing with the puzzle pieces that normally hide inside the Tupperware ball:


Next we have a sitting Dylan. By now Dylan can sort of sit for a while, but he hardly ever sits on his own; he still needs help to get there, although through some random maneuvering of his we do find him sitting on his own from time to time:


Just as you think Dylan is sitting stable, he loses grip:


And here's Dylan in a raspberry frenzy:


And last, but not least, here's Dylan in a swimming frenzy:

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