Who still uses camcorders?

 

Around 10 years back, camcorders were ruling the market. Camcorders were used by everyone, from beginners to professionals. But today things have changed; people using camcorders have come down. The main reason for the drop in the count is the rising popularity of the DSLR’s and the Smartphone. So the question is who uses camcorders now?

I am a professional wedding photographer and I use the Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder, as I need to take excellent quality wedding videos. I also have the Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder for my personal use (I am a part time filmmaker).

Camcorders are for those who care about the quality of videos that are captured. Yes, DSLR and Smartphone are capable of recording quality videos with their latest high end cameras. But they are no match to the quality of videos created with high-end camcorders.

If you are looking for the top camcorders in 2017, a high-end camcorder can capture crystal clear videos of professionally quality. You can directly upload these videos in YouTube or Web without any editing or touchups. A camcorder offers exceptional looking videos in low light and high optical zoom.

DSLRs have high sensors compared to camcorders but that does not mean they are capable of capturing professional looking videos. The major drawback of DSLRs is that they do not have optical zoom like a camcorder and their audio recording capability is not good.

When you are trying to record a professional looking video, be it a wedding video or a short film, you need to capture every minute detail. You must have a good audio sensor to capture all the sounds clearly. A camcorder does this easily when compared to a DSLR. It can be enhanced with an additional microphone supported in some models.

 

The ability to shoot videos of moving objects is another excellent feature in a camcorder. Camcorders are specifically designed for shooting videos and hence they perform well when shooting high energy events like a cricket or soccer game.

When I shoot wedding videos, I tend to move around a lot. There are many close-up shots and long-shots to be taken and I feel comfortable doing it with my camcorder. Just imagine how awkward it will look if you are shooting a video with DSLR in your hand. Camcorders have image stabilization feature making it easy to move around and still capture quality videos.

Years back camcorders were for everyone, but today I feel camcorders are for professionals and also for those who prefer taking videos of their personal moments using a camcorder.

 

2 Great Blow Dryers for Men

 

Finding a perfect blow dryer for men is not an easy task. I had to spend hours in front of the computer browsing many sites for finding the perfect blow dryer for my husband. There are many blow dryer models available which are designed for both women and men, but something specific to men is hard to find. There are fewer options exclusively for men.


Mangroomer, one of the top brands, have designed a blow dryer specifically for men. This iconic hair dryer has all the features that can meet a man’s hair styling needs. Mangroomer 1680XL-6 Professional Ionic Hair Dryer has an ion technology button to emit negative ions. This helps to close the hair cuticles, help in generating natural oils and preserve moisture in hair for keeping your hair smooth and shiny.

Mangroomer 1680XL-6 Professional Ionic Hair Dryer is built like a pro with an AC motor powered at 1875 watts. This is enough power to dry your hair faster while extending the motor life three times higher compared to other models. The Mangroomer 1680XL-6 Professional Ionic Hair Dryer offers three heat settings and two speed settings and gives you six different dryer settings.

 

It has a cold shot button that provides a blast of cold hair to set the hair after styling it. Men always prefer a dryer that can be used easily and quickly. Mangroomer has taken this point into consideration when designing this easy-to-use blow dryer. There is no doubt, at under $48, it is a good buying option for men with short as well as curly hair.

Another blow dryer, the Conair 1875 Watt Soft Touch Tourmaline Ceramic 2-in-1 Styler and Hair Dryer, is equally good option. Even though it is not specifically designed for men, this is a good model that works wonders. The tourmaline technology prevents hair from damage and DC motor is high in torque for quick drying of hair.

The hinged filter in the Conair 1875 Watt Soft Touch Tourmaline Ceramic 2-in-1 Styler and Hair Dryer clean hair while drying. Its solid and non-slippery grip makes it comfortable to use.

The 2 blow dryers discussed also here are quite good in features, functions and results. They do a commendable job of drying and styling men’s short hair while keeping them smooth and sleek. Choose one to show the world your stylish best!!!

 

Do convertible car seats work for toddlers?

 

Choosing a car seat for your child can be very challenging. Basically, there are three types of car seats available for kids- Infant Car Seats, Convertible Car Seats and 3-in 1 Car Seats. Infant car seats are specially designed for babies who fall in the category of 0 to 12 months of age. They can be lifted off their base and can be carried around.

On the other hand, a convertible car seat can be converted into different set ups. It can turn into a rear-facing seat or a backward-leaning seat and forward-facing seat. The rear-facing and backward leaning set-ups are best for infants as they keep them secured. While the front-facing set up proves very useful for seating toddlers and larger kids.

3-in-1 car seats have three set-ups. All of them are forward-facing positions, one with inserts, one without inserts and the third with the back removed. The first is for infants, second for kids bigger than infants and the third one can be used simply as a booster seat. These seats are not at all suitable for infants as there is no rear-facing option.

 

Which one should you choose?

Among the three types, infant seats are best-suited for infants. On the other hand, convertible car seats are preferred and recommended toddlers. While infants just sit or sleep in the position you put them, toddlers tend to move around a lot. A convertible seat gives them space and freedom to move without getting hurt. Rear-facing is recommended for a child until the age of 2 so even if you go for this position initially, you can get the position changed as your kid grows up.

Pros-

  • Safest option for infants.
  • A long-term, one-time investment as it can be used for years.
  • As your kid grows up from an infant to a toddler and bigger, this seat will always serve you.
  • No replacement needed for different ages of your kid.
  • Crash protection.
  • They can hold children as heavy as 65 lbs.
  • Higher rear-facing weight limit.

 

Cons-

  • It’s fixed.
  • No detachable carrier.
  • The harness system is same as infant seats.

 

Final Verdict-

If you are looking for a car seat for your toddler, convertible car seats are your best options. They will keep your child safe and secure while giving them the right comfort. This is will a one-time investment and you will be able to enjoy the benefits of this investment for a long time. We undoubtedly recommend a convertible seat for your infant.

 

My Tips on choosing a Good Mattress for Back Pain

 

Back pain is one of the worst things ever. It restricts your movement completely and does not allow you to move your body freely. If you have been suffering from such a pain, you need to take a hard look at your mattress and consider buying a new one.

A comfortable mattress goes a long way in solving your back problems. A good mattress provides the perfect sleeping position, helps relax your body muscles and hence helps in reducing back pain to a large extent.

How to choose the perfect mattress?

Now, the big challenge is choosing a good mattress for back pain. You have to consider a lot of things while making this choice. Here are some useful tips-

  • You need the perfect back support- A good mattress must be able to provide proper support and alignment for your spine. There shouldn’t be any gaps between your body and the surface of the mattress.
  • Choose what suits you best- Do not choose what your friends have chosen, choose wisely depending on your needs. If you are a side sleeper, go for a slightly soft mattress. If you sleep on your stomach, you will need a firmer mattress. If you are a back sleeper, a medium level mattress will be best for you.
  • It should not be too firm or too soft- There is no way to define what sort of firmness is best for you body. If the current mattress you’re using is a bit too soft, go for a firmer one and vice versa. It all comes down to what suits your body and what you are most comfortable in.
  • Find out what is inside a mattress before buying it- A high priced mattress does not exactly mean the best quality. You may want to inquire the seller about the material before you write the check. There are various things to consider like the springs, coils, padding. It should be entirely your decision to make these three choices but what I can recommend is reading articles like this one who recommending specific products for different budgets.
  • Do try it before you buy it- Do not be a fool and buy a mattress based on its looks. You must try sleeping on the mattress before you finalize it. If you are married, then your wife must also try it once.
  • Keep your body type in mind- A comfortable mattress must be 20 cm longer than our height and at least 90 cm wide (for one person). This allows natural movement of the body and gives the best comfort.

There is no ‘one’ good mattress for everybody. You have to make the choice depending on your level of comfort, your body type and then only will you get a relief from that back pain.

 

Regular Vacuum Cleaner or Electric Broom?

 

The battle between a regular vacuum cleaner and the electric broom is quite interesting. It is very difficult for a homemaker to answer which one of these is better, a regular vacuum cleaner or an electric broom. Both the products offer various benefits and are a must-have in every home.

A regular vacuum cleaner offers more suction power compared to an electric broom. If your house is big and you have spacious rooms, then there is no doubt you need a regular vacuum cleaner as it can cover more areas. Also, more space is available to store it. But, if you are having small rooms, and want to clean the corners and areas under the couches, you need a compact and maneuverable electric broom.

Even though most electric brooms are battery operated, you need to charge it after each use. The charge in some models will last for only 2 – 3 hours, you need to charge it before using it the next time. They are more versatile and easy to use compared to the regular vacuum cleaner. You can easily carry an electric broom wherever you want and it will sweep away all the dust from the floor, corners, carpets and walls.

If you are ready to spend few extra dollars, you can get high end electric brooms with excellent suction power challenging any regular vacuum cleaner. There are no dust bags in the electric broom and hence less worry. You can clean the dust compartment whenever you feel necessary.

Another advantage of the electric broom is they have a thin nozzle. Thin nozzle allows you to reach anywhere you want and clean even the tightest corners in your home. It does not mean the suction power is less with a sleek nozzle.

As there are no cords (most electric brooms are cordless, only few high end models have cord for charging), you don’t have to worry about the cords getting stuck or hanging around the house causing nuisance. I feel very comfortable using the electric broom and I am able to clean my house in 2 hours using my all new electric broom.

But as I said earlier, there are many advantages and some disadvantages of the electric broom. It is difficult to choose the better option among the two. The decision to buy either depends upon how you are going to use it. For a small house or a house with many corners and staircases, the easy-to-use electric broom is preferred over an affordable vacuum cleaner. In fact, what I have seen is that, the electric broom has replaced the regular vacuum cleaner in many homes due to this advantage.