This is our tentative purchase list and we are looking to you to let us know if we are making the right choice!
Acer Aspire One 722-0022
Now that Angie and I are traveling together as a couple, it is time to add a second potable computer into our collection for trips abroad. The first netbook we purchased, an older model Acer Aspire netbook was significantly underpowered for the work that we wanted to perform on it. Great as a Skype and Facebook machine, but not else. In our next addition, we are still considering an Acer Aspire netbook as our old one has held up to the most rough conditions (and they are on the cheaper end of <$400). Where we are going differently in this newer model computer is simple – the power. Rather than having a small hard drive (250 GB) and 1 GB of RAM, we will be going full force. The newest acquisition to our travel arsenal will have 500 GB of storage for plenty of photos and movies, and more importantly 4 GB of RAM to run, hopefully, like lightning. Maybe now we’ll actually be able to run a photo editing software without losing system functionality in the process.
- Screen size: 11.6 inches
- Processor: 1 GHz AMD C Series
- RAM: 4 GB DDR3
- Hard Drive: 500 GB HDD 5400 rpm
- Weight: 3.2 pounds
Sony Cyber-Shot HX20V
A more technical addition to our arsenal is a point and shoot camera. Currently Angie’s camera runs on AA batteries which is completely unacceptable for vacations as the batteries die within just a few days. Not missing a chance to get the best and the brightest, a lot of research was put into our decision to jump ship on Canon and Nikon for the new camera and instead look at the Sony Cyber-Shot HX20V. A comparable model, the HX30V, is also available which has wifi to upload to mobile devices; however, does not seem worth the extra $20 in our opinion so we will go with the wifi-less model.
- 18.2 Megapixels
- 20x Optical Zoom
- Internal GPS to record shot location
- 1080/60p HD video
- 3D Still Imaging
- Multiple Special Shooting Modes
- Weight: 1 lb
Canon PowerShot D10 or D20
Okay fine, we’re buying a second camera but for one specific purpose: scuba diving. In any other case, I would have probably bought a comprehensive dive casing for the Sony camera we mentioned above. But there is one problem – an official Sony case does not exist! The closest case for this model camera is a terrifying $400! When the cost of the case is more than the camera itself, it is time to consider other options. So lets work it out logically.
You can buy a case for $400. If it leaks, you’re out a case (likely) and an expensive point and shoot camera ($350). That would be nearly $750 worth of equipment. Buying a cheaper dive camera, which based on our experiences has led to an early death, costs a mere $250 to $275 for popular models such as the Canon D10 or newer D20. If it leaks, you are just out a camera and still have another camera as back up. For the cost difference, you can still buy a whole new dive camera for a total cost of $500 to $550, much better than the possibility of losing $750 worth of equipment in one bad day!
But why Canon? Well, the following are a few great specs to start.
Spec List (D20 only):
- 12.1 Megapixels
- 5x Optical Zoom
- Dive Rated to 33 ft
- Shock and Temperature Resistant
- 1080p HD Video at 24 fps. 720p HD at 30 fps.
- Internal GPS to record shot location
- 28mm Wide Angle Lens
- Designed for Underwater Shooting and Land Shooting
Now, you may be wondering based on the above list “why are they getting this much new equipment” or “why does Jeremy need a new dive camera if he hasn’t been diving in over a year.” Well, to you inquisitive minds I say good questions! But unfortunately those must be answered another day.
Check back soon for full reviews of the gear we buy and our take on if it is worth getting for your next trip out! Do you own any of these items we mention above or an older model? Comment below and let us know what you think about it! You still have time to talk us into getting another model that you think is better.