Before my sister’s wedding in 2010, I bought a flip cam on a whim. Mike thought it was silly and we’d never use it. The video I made for our honeymoon changed his mind and he LOVED taking video from then on.
But with the last big video I made for our Spain/Andorra/France Vacation, we were at times less than thrilled with the quality of the flip cam. It didn’t “walk” well with us, meaning while I held it and walked, it just wasn’t very steady and bounced everywhere. Annoying. Also, the battery life was pretty short and took a ridiculous amount of time to charge.
So we were ready to upgrade. After a bunch of research and looking at a million and a half reviews of cameras, we settled on the Panasonic HDC-TM900 HD camera.
On Panasonic’s website, it retailed for $1099, but the price was knocked down to $989. On Amazon, it was $758. BUT, I decided to look at slightly used cameras to see if there were any practically new ones listed for less. There were. There were a TON of cameras with “slight cosmetic imperfections” listed for only $468. I scooped one up with one of those listed cosmetic imperfections and sent it to the parents of one of Mike’s coworkers in California. That coworker was going home the next week, so he picked up the camera for us and brought it back in his luggage…yay for no ridiculous shipping fees! It felt like a risky purchase since we wouldn’t be able to return the camera if there was something wrong with it, but we took the chance.
This camera with the “slight cosmetic imperfection” is BRAND NEW. I can’t find a single cosmetic imperfection on it. It was wrapped up in all of the original packaging and all of the parts were still sealed in little baggies. Great. Deal. I can’t even TELL you how happy we were to save so much money on such a high-quality camera.
To supplement this awesome new toy, I also bought Final Cut Pro X and a Vimeo Plus membership. It’s interesting to feel like I’m actually putting my film major to some use at this point…I had forgotten how much I truly enjoy film. I don’t think I’ll be ready to go pro any time soon though 😉
So, since we’re mainly using this for our travels and trips and other adventures, we thought we’d give it a test run when we gave the dogs a bath yesterday. They never fail to crack us up when we give them a bath because they have such extreme emotions–complete misery at being in the bath, and then elation at getting to run around outside to dry themselves off.
We found it funny enough to document, anyway. So enjoy the short video of Wrigley and Zoe getting a bath!
Wire Fox Terriers Wrigley and Zoe hate taking baths, but love running outside to dry themselves afterward! Shot with the Panasonic HDC-TM900. Music by Yonderboi.
Have you ever bought something used and gotten such a great deal? Would you have taken the risk to buy a used model?