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Capturing memories with the Sony Handycam

by Leanne

Everyone always says it, but I just don’t think you understand it until becoming a parent: time passes much too fast.  Even though my kids are still young, there’s been so many times my husband and I would turn to each other and say “do you remember how Bubs used to say _____?” or “what park was that where he took his first steps?” 

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My mom holding my son when he was firstborn

I can only imagine this gets exponentially more difficult to remember the older they get and there are so many more milestones to keep track of.  While I’ve tried to keep up with their baby books and journals, I oftentimes wish we had caught that adorable expression or pronunciation on video so we could watch it over and over and relive all those moments that pass too quick. 



While I can’t do anything about the moments we’ve missed up until now, I’m so happy that over the past few months with the PTPA winning Sony Handycam we’ve caught a number of those PTPA new badgepriceless moments on video forever.  I must admit that I’ve been known to get water-y eyed just watching our Handycam videos, even if it was only taken the day before and the kiddos are right here with me, but I imagine these videos are going to be even more valuable the older and older they get. 

Yes, that’s going to be me sobbing watching my kiddos videos in 20+ years, reminiscing about the good old days of having a full, messy house filled with love.  Just thinking about it now brings tears to my eyes, so there’s basically no hope for me not being a blubbery mess when that day comes.  But, I will be forever grateful that I have these videos to remember these times and all the little things that you can’t document with still photos or journals.

We’ve taken the Sony Handycam with us on vacation, for days at the park, and we’ve made a point to take it out even when we’re just at home or in the neighborhood, and I’m so glad that we did.  In the past few months we’ve amassed a small hard drive worth of videos of the kids in extraordinary circumstances as well as during their everyday play and I love each and every moment we’re captured. 

My favorite video shot on the Handycam would have to be the footage we shot at the lake this year of my little explorer getting up close to the geese.  Every time my daughter sees the video she laughs hysterically and she shows it to everyone we see, whether its via the built-in projection or on the computer.  I love that even with all the action in the video, the shot still stays very clear and the sound quality is great, you can even hear the slight hiss of the geese as they surround us!



It’s pretty cute now, but just imagine how much of a keepsake it will be years from now.  For that reason, I’m going to start taking even more videos each year and really capturing the essence of my kid’s childhood.  Although you can have too much wine or too much chocolate, there’s no such thing as too many videos of your children.

Whether it’s that first wobbly step or it’s a special ballet recital, these are the moments of life you never want to forget and Sony helps you preserve them forever.  What are the moments of your life you are most hoping to capture?

Why choose a Sony Handycam for yourself?  Here’s some great reasons to make the switch:

The Best Video
•    When shooting an important moment that you’d like to preserve for the future, you need the best video and sound. Handycam® camcorders feature “Exmor R”™ CMOS sensor delivers great videos in low-light and advanced features like focus tracking, face detection and smile shutter, Up to 60x optical zoom – that’s 60 times more zoom than a cell phone, Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode lets you say goodbye to shaky video and Uncompressed Full HD 1080 60p video

True Audio
•    Sound is just as important as video when it comes to preserving your memories. Handycam® camcorders feature Sony sound expertise: 5.1-channel surround sound, S-Master audio, Built-in zoom microphone, Wind-noise reduction, and Optional wireless microphones for crystal clear audio up to 100m away

Better By Design
•    Handycam® camcorders are designed to shoot video without compromising other features: Long battery life (up to 11 hours), Large touch-screen LCD, Intuitive feature navigation, Shoot still photos while shooting video, and GPS with in-camcorder maps, geotagging

Share Easily
•    Sony has incredible built-in features to make sharing so easy: Built-in projector lets everyone enjoy on-the-spot sharing (image projected up to 60” diagonally), Highlight playback to enjoy video clips quickly and easily, PlayMemories™ software provides easy online sharing through sites like YouTube™ and Facebook™, Built-in USB cable for easy download and charge, Enjoy direct playback from HDD, One touch DVD burn (optional DVDirect), and HDMI cable included in the box for immediate sharing on an HDTV PJ_cooler-1200
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39 comments

JLin July 10, 2012 - 6:31 am

swim with my cousins when I was 2.

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Pauline M July 10, 2012 - 7:47 am

The first time I took my son to Disney, we met up with Mickey, Minnie, Woody and Cinderella. They took all of the kids around the area and starting playing games which began with duck duck goose. My son got tapped in the head from Woody when he said goose and my son got to chase him around the big circle. He was so cute and I wished I had been able to capture the moment on film!

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Jennifer Winchester July 10, 2012 - 7:47 am

my sons first steps

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SweetPanda July 10, 2012 - 7:54 am

I wish I had captured the first blood work that my daughter was having on video. She was very brave that she did not even cry when the nurse took her blood from her arm when she was 12 months old. I really wish that if I have capture it on video, I could show her that how brave she was.

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SweetPanda July 10, 2012 - 7:55 am

The first time, my daughter saying mama

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Becky M July 10, 2012 - 8:02 am

Favorite memories caught on video are my kids being born… memories I wish I would have caught on video are just some of the silly things that come out of my kids mouths when you are least expecting it!!

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Doris C July 10, 2012 - 8:16 am

We didn’t have video cameras back then only cameras and they had film!!! But some vacations like the one to Disney would have been great:)

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TawndaM July 10, 2012 - 9:01 am

i love that we were able to get my oldest daughter’s graduation on video… but I still wish I had caught our dog coming out from under the Xmas tree with an ornament dangling in the curve of his tail…

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Tracie Brown July 10, 2012 - 9:14 am

I caught my daughter laughing up a storm at her daddy, and I wish I had caught her on camera when she first started giving kisses. THey were so funny looking

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Elizabeth P. July 10, 2012 - 11:44 am

Captured daughter playing in the pool for the first time in Kauai. I wish I captured her first steps…

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Bree Janke July 10, 2012 - 2:35 pm

I caught BOTH my twins first steps! I was trying to get them to look at the camera and one son just got up and took 3 steps! I am yelling to my hubby and my other son stands up and takes 2 steps! My fave video 🙂
breej23 at hotmail dot com

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Kristin S July 10, 2012 - 2:49 pm

My sons first steps!

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Bree Janke July 10, 2012 - 4:11 pm

I wish I had caught the looks on my boys faces when we took them to see the Imagination Movers Concert, they were shocked, suprised, excited and awed.
breej23 at hotmail dot com

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Kathy S July 10, 2012 - 7:35 pm

We videotaped our kids birthdays when they were young, but not when they became teens. Wish we would have.

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Miranda Welle July 10, 2012 - 8:22 pm

We taped our daughter coming to see her new brother at the hospital!
I WISH we had taped our kids’ births! (The c-sections anyways…)

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A.Smith July 10, 2012 - 10:21 pm

My fav memory was my daughter’s 1st birthday and I wish I would’ve kept filming through the cake eating portion, lol

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Heather Garcia July 10, 2012 - 10:28 pm

I had a video setting without sound on my old camera and I caught the first time my daughter rolled over from back to front <3
If I had a video camera I would capture every moment!!!

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Valerie Taylor Mabrey July 11, 2012 - 12:23 am

My kid and their grandma trying to smash a piñata
vmkids3 at msn dot com

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Auqakuh July 11, 2012 - 10:40 am

Favorite memory caught on video is a trip to Mexico with my mother-in-law who is now deceased. I most wish I had captured more video of my nephew as a baby. 🙂

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Belinda McNabb July 11, 2012 - 6:04 pm

I wish I had been able to capture my son’s first birthday party on video

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mframe July 12, 2012 - 6:47 pm

My favorite memory caught on video is the birth of my first child. It was great to see my husband so emotional.

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Lisa Davis July 12, 2012 - 10:13 pm

I got my twins first steps on video, wish I could have gotten their early conversations when they were just starting to talk in sentences.

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Lisa Davis July 12, 2012 - 10:14 pm

oops just saw Canadian res. only, sorry! 🙂

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Denise G July 13, 2012 - 5:25 am

My mom and dad kissing in the nursing home. I wish I had of captured my niece and nephew when they younger on film
ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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Vicki Wurgler July 13, 2012 - 6:21 am

my favorite memory is of my grandsons first steps and one I wish I had captured was at my Mother’s birthday-two of her nephews sang her a song

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Rebecca July 13, 2012 - 9:30 pm

I caught my daughter’s first real word, “blueberry!” on video and I wish I would have caught my girls first meeting in the hospital 🙂

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Daily Woman July 15, 2012 - 10:15 am

My favorite video caught on tape is the birth of my oldest son, the video I wish I had caught on take was the birth of my youngest. The video camera broke in the middle of everything so we miss it.
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Daily Woman July 15, 2012 - 10:33 am

Sorry you can delete my entries I am not in Canada. Thats too bad this is a great bag. Sorry for the inconvenience. LaceyL

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Daily Woman July 15, 2012 - 10:34 am

I mean Prize not bag

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Jammie July 15, 2012 - 12:14 pm

I caught my daughter getting mad at the cat when she was 2 for opening her presents! She kept saying keekee bad.

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Lisa Robertson July 15, 2012 - 11:10 pm

I loved catching my son say the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time. It was precious. I wish I would have caught the first time he crossed home plate while playing t-ball.

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janice budgell pollard July 16, 2012 - 7:34 am

The best thing I have ever caught on tape was the two kids playing together when they were very small and they didnt even know I was there. The thing I wish I had caught on tape was their births. Nothing graphic though.
janicebudgellpollard at hotmail dot com

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Stacey B July 16, 2012 - 6:02 pm

My most cherished videos are those of the day my son’s were born. we couldn’t record during, but did after, and throughout the 1st day at the hospital. A moment I wish I would’ve caught on video was my youngest son’s 1st birthday.

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Kelly D July 18, 2012 - 1:12 pm

The favorite moment I caught on video was my daughter learning how to walk. I wish I had video of my children right after they were born. We have a lot of pictures, but not videos.

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Stephanie Grant July 18, 2012 - 6:13 pm

My favorite moment caught on video was of my son’s first words which was Mama! I also really wish I would have gottent to capture his first time seeing and playing in the snow.

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Natasha July 19, 2012 - 7:51 am

My favorite memory was the first book my son read – at 3 years 3 months. and I wish I would have caught everything my son does – he always does cute stuff when here is no camera – then I bring out the camera and he just stares at it – or wants to see himself being taped!

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Karen F July 19, 2012 - 10:32 am

my fave is my kids playing and singing without knowing I was recording, love the way they were playing together and having fun. What I wish I had was my brother in law catching his hair on fire with the grill(he wasn’t hurt-we laugh about it now)

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Valerie Theberge July 19, 2012 - 6:24 pm

My daughter first steps!

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Rebecca Orr July 26, 2012 - 1:53 pm

I like Lazoo on FB: Rebecca Orr
bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

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