Panasonic HDC-SD9 High Definition Camcorder

I bought a Panasonic HDC-SD9 for a great price ($350 brand new) almost a year ago and it takes great video in HD format, HDMI out, etc. It shoots in native HD1920 and has various options to lower the HD quality to preserve flash memory space 16GB SDHC Flash Memory for a low price. The user manual only shows up to 16GB but I don't think anything is stopping it from using 32GB SDHC cards. The one complaint was the OEM battery which only lasts about one hour at full HD quality. Then a solution was found...

I purchased a VW-VBG130/260 replacement kit from Dino Direct. For $15.99 ( sells it for $119.99). It comes with the specific charger (required), a car adapter and 4-5 hour extended life battery. The trick here is that the original Panasonic VW-VBG130 and 260 have a chip that sends the battery life via a current through the power socket on the camcorder. With the replacement, this chip (which is patented) doesn't exist so a nasty message saying "This battery cannot be used" shows up on the screen if it's not covered. The battery kit comes with 2 lugs to cover the power socket! I now have a 4-5 hour battery!

Another issue was editing the AVCHD (Sony format) HD video. Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum (I got my copy for $49.99 on eBay) has native MTS/AVCHD support and it works great! It imports and reads MTS files directly without issue in its high definition greatness. It also allows to share edited videos quickly to Youtube through the software. Now with all the tools and batteries for ease and convenience of operation, this makes the smallest full HD camcorder in world one of the best in its price class. People who thought they were stuck with a dud for so long can now rejoice.


The Quality of Shoes - How To Buy Comfortable Shoes

There are two things a person does most of their life. One is sleep, the other is stand on their feet, so never buy an uncomfortable bed or shoes. With the thousands of shoes that shoe companies offer it's easier to find shoes that don't fit well and are not comfortable than it is to find ones that are. However, it's wonderful to have choices, if you walk into a shoes section, whether it be a department store, shoe store or sports store there's a wide variety of manufacturers, makes and model to choose from. Each has their own marketing and some even patenting their technologies. Lots of thought goes into feet you know, from that athlete's highly functional sports shoes to the stylish high heels the lady next to you is wearing. 

First, there's nothing like trying shoes on first and walking in them a while before purchasing them. You may find some shoes fit you well and others feel like they don't. This is normal, everyone's feet are different and everyone has different perspectives of comfort and fit. I offer a few basic things to look for and practices before choosing the right shoes for you. It's even better when the better quality and more comfortable shoes are possibly cheaper and better looking. This article offers some basics of finding and buying shoes of your choice using a simple guideline of quality, comfort and fit.

Quality = stitching, fabric cuts should be even, smoothly cut and stitched together.
You should be able to see the quality of the fabrics, stitching and the cuts of fabric. A tell tale sign a shoe are  not up to par is an initial view from the outside. Check the fabric cuts. If they are rough, hard and stitched unevenly where the fabric lifts up or the cuts of fabric just don't seem to be accurate they better be a good price. Quality control on the shoes were probably set to low standards at that particular factory or shoe manufacturing line. For example, I saw a pair of New Balance shoes that exhibited poor cuts and saw another model right next to it from the same manufacturer of much higher quality and the prices were the same. The obvious choice was to try the ones that looked like they were made properly with clean cuts of fabric and consistent stitching. Uneven fabric and bad fabric cuts means there's a good chance it could catch on something and possibly tear or cause odd wear. In this case, the cut was too large therefore the stitching could not be stitched down consistently and smoothly. Most importantly, it's very possible that the inner part of the shoe may have the same flaws.

Comfort - they should feel good standing, walking or whatever activity they are aimed for.
If you try on shoes and walk in them a bit, you will know in 5 minutes of trying them where the simple Quality meets foot Comfort, which means happier feet and a happier shoe wearer. Walk around in them and get a feel, then try on some other manufacturer's or different models from the same manufacturer and see what the they feel like and what your feet are telling you, there may be some differences you prefer. I recommend trying on many different pairs before making the choice that your feet and you will be happy with and keep in mind what features you are looking for if buying specific shoes for sports, walking or simply for fashion and won't wear that much.

Fit -Size, Width, Ankle Support - Mens and Womens Shoe Sizes and Widths
Shoes are sold in a range of sizes and widths. Mens shoe sizes and widths and Women's shoe sizes and widths differ. Click on the text to see them. Shoes also range from low ankle to high ankle support. Many hiking boots and sports shoes offer ankle support while dress and casual shoes do not. In no way should these features affect the comfort of your feet but only provide increased support for the heel and ankle. A shoe too narrow will constrict blood circulation, shoes too wide could cause blisters and not provide enough support for activities. Depending on what your aim is for the shoes, whether fashion, sports or casual wear, they should fit your feet well. No one person has the same exact foot dimensions, bones or sensitive feet but there are shoes out there that will fit you and your feet.