(aka "the manual").
It is amazing just how much I always learn from that.
If that doesn’t help (or if I’m interested in a product I don’t own), I check the manufacturer’s website.
They have descriptions and specs for their gadgets, often have user forums, and the decent manufacturers all let you download the manuals in electronic form (so losing the book is no longer a problem).
Getting the PDF is also useful for those times where the printed book is rather small and useless – the PDFs often have more detailed information.
99% of the time reading the instructions does the trick.
We also need to email, but probably not big files.
I’m looking for the cheapest setup we can get that won’t hinder our ability to playback the video. I’ve seen the Acer Aspire on sale for $209, but there’s only 1GB of RAM, and I’m not sure that’s fast enough for playback, but I don’t know.
Any suggestions on computers or at least minimum specs? Thanks!
EDIT: Almost forgot. It would be nice if there were a way to use the car as a power source somehow. Never done that before, so I don’t know anything about it.
@Martin: No accessing WiFi–either playing it from the GoPro camera itself or from the memory card, not a flash drive. The thing I most want to avoid is having the video hangup, but I don’t know what specs affect that. I’d rather not have a laptop at all if that’s going to happen.
Here’s the thing about trying to answer your question. Most any laptop will play "video files". They can have different video resolutions and they can have different processors and memory that aid in smooth video playback, but playing video is a common laptop feature.
So what specifically are you looking for besides maybe having a cigarette lighter plug in adapter for you laptop because those adapters can work with different types of laptops?
Are you going to play video from a DVD or a file on a flash drive or your hard drive? Not a problem in most cases. The Acer Aspire "should" work fine although if it only has 1GB of memory and an operating system like Windows 7 that uses a lot of that memory then it "could" be that you will have your video hanging up and not playing smoothly.
Are you going to be accessing WifI for online videos? Then that opens up a whole new realm of specifications to look into.
Edit: playing it from the GoPro camera itself or from the memory card
OK, for the memory card, most any laptop "should" be fine (as long as system memory isn’t a problem) but for your GoPro camera, I would look in the users manual to see if it says anything about minimum specifications and operating systems necessary to view video from the camera on your laptop.
If "The thing I most want to avoid is having the video hangup" then that’s usually a function of memory and CPU and software. You could always try bringing your GoPro camera to a computer store and asking a sales person if you could test how it works on their different versions of laptops because even if you have what you think are "all of the specs" it isn’t until you actually try using your GoPro to watch video in a laptop that you can be sure that it’s going to perform the way that you want it to.
I don’t want to buy a housing for my DSLR as a housing for my camera a Canon 550D is really expensive. but price is not an issue for the S95 + housing or GoPro hero 2…i jux want to know which is better out of the two. thanx
Ps i knw the S95 is not water proof thats y im buying the Canon WP-DC38 housing along with it. jux wanna knw which is better…ill go for the most votes
I live in the Maldives. So basically i’ll be shooting close ups of surfers, the reef (fish n coral) ill be snorkeling
1. Simple Language-Based User Interface
2. Sharper Professional Glass Lens
3. Faster Image Processor
4. 11MP Sensor
5. Full Wide 170Âº, Medium 127Âº, Narrow 90Âº FOV (Field of View) in 1080p and 720p
6. Professional Low Light Performance
7. 11MP, 8MP and 5MP Photos with Full 170Âº and Medium 127Âº FOV
8. 10 Photos Per Second Burst
9. 1 Photo Every 0.5 Seconds Time-Lapse Mode
10. Natural and High Wind Audio Modes
11. 3.5mm Stereo External Microphone Input
12. Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Compatible
13. Long range remote control of multiple cameras
14. Wi-Fi Video Preview + Playback on Smartphone / Tablet / Computer
15. Live streaming to the web
Im sure you wont be let down by its waterproof features.
Read this helpful review to make up your mind:
And if you still want to look at the Canon S95:
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