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Jan 30

Exciting Purchases

Pretty much since we purchased our house we’ve been saving money for an overseas holiday.

About six months ago I did a ‘back of the envelope’ calculation of how much it would cost us for a holiday and determined it would be around about $15,000 (including everything, e.g. mortgage payments etc). Despite our best efforts, it was pretty unlikely we were going to hit that target any time in 2007, and it seemed absurd that we could spend that much money in four or five weeks. So, the idea of us moving to the UK in 2007 was born.

Since then, we’d still been saving as much as possible to pay for stuff. Now we’re hemorrhaging that money, on toys!

Yesterday we attended the Emirates Team New Zealand Open Day. We went through the base pretty quickly and were left wondering what we were going to do for the rest of the afternoon. “I could show you the video camera I’m keen on buying?” I said to Megan. So off we went to Queen Street and Parallel Imported.

We had a look at the Video Camera that I had (after extensive research) decided upon; the Panasonic NV-GS300.

Panasonic NV-GS300

After looking at it, Megan was slightly more positive, but still had some reservations. “Let’s have a look at the still cameras.” She said (I’d been pushing for us to buy a new digital still camera as well to replace our three year old Kodak).

We were then shown a camera I hadn’t done any research on, the Lumix (Panasonic) FX01 (in white).

The camera is tiny (one of the smallest on the market) with almost the entire rear being filled by the 2.5 inch LCD screen. It probably would have felt too small for my hands, but given that Megan is the still photographer in our house, and her hands are much smaller than mine, she fell in love with it. It was on special for about $90 less than it’s normal price but yesterday was the last day of the sale.

However, I wasn’t going to buy a camera without doing any research, so we took off and found an internet cafe. We read a number of reviews which were pretty much positive, so we decided to go ahead and get it. Much to my surprise, Megan was also keen to get the Panasonic video camera.

So we managed to splurge over $1500 on some very cool electronics. I love buying electronic gadgets, I just love it.

So readers of P&M should expect plenty of new photo and video content of our travels in the coming months.

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