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3 cheap camcorders you can buy

Have you made up your mind to buy a camcorder? Good, now the next step is going to be the trickiest one- that is selecting a camcorder that suits your budget. I always find it difficult to choose a device that fits into my budget. Most of the time, when I zero on a particular model its cost refrain me from buying it. I find the cost to be double the amount of what I plan to invest.

Camcorders are excellent gadget to preserve your memories, be a great blogger or enjoy passionate hobby like videography. If you are not going to use it professionally, then it is not necessary to spend your 3 month salary on it. You can get a low cost camcorder with good features. Here are the 3 camcorders that I found affordable with excellent features. Take a look.

Sony HDR CX 240

Sony is no doubt the leading manufacturer of camcorders for years now. They offer both high end as well as cheap camcorders. Sony’s HDR CX 240 is a little gem of a camcorder that does not cost much, but still offers excellent features. The dark blue colored model weighs around 6.4 ounces and has a built-in USB cable. The screen size is 2.7 inches and relies on physical control. You can take images of resolution 9.2 megapixels and has 27x optical zoom for taking quality videos. By using a tripod, you can easily take high quality zooming videos. If you are looking for a branded camcorder with good features that suit your budget, then Sony HDR CX 240 is the one for you.


Canon LEGRIA HF R606

LEGRIA HF offers HD quality videos at affordable price.   It has a huge 57x advanced zoom. You can get sharp results on every occasion with this marvelous device. It has a 7.5 inch touch screen for easy use and perfect audio qualities to match your video. One of the excellent features of Canon LEGRIA HF R606 is that you can shoot your videos on the go while maintaining the quality. The affordable camcorder can be used by pros as well as by beginners. This camcorder under $200 can prove to be a good purchase.



JVC has come up with a value for money camcorder that offers excellent features at a low cost. It is a full HD camcorder with waterproof protection. The SD supported camcorder has 1/5.8 inch COMS. It supports optical zoom up to a maximum of 40X. The easy-to-use camcorder is suitable for low budget camcorder buyers like me.


These are the three quality camcorders in low budget range. You can buy the most suitable one you like.

2 point and shoot cameras that are easy to use

You are ready to capture a beautiful picture of frolicking geese in the nearby lake, but they move and scatter away when you were fiddling with the settings of your digital camera. How often have you felt similar frustrating situations when you lost a magical moment to be converted into a memorable click? If your current camera is slow and makes it difficult to select the needed options in your camera, then it deserves a place in the scrap pile. Go ahead and consider these two models which are extremely easy to use.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160

A camera is as quick as its individual components are. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has 8x optical zoom that lets you focus on your target with ease and in minimum time. It is characterized by a 20.0 Megapixel sensor to get cleanest images while its DIGIC 4+ Image Processor makes sure that you are ready to click next image in a few seconds after the last one. You can record some awesome videos with its speedy 720p HD capability and a dedicated movie button.  Another feature that adds to the comfort is its smart AUTO intelligence that selects the right options for the present click based on the predefined shooting scenarios. You also don’t have to recharge this camera frequently due to its ECO Mode which reduces power consumption and ensure longer battery duration. Aperture/shutter speed selection and correction of blur is automatic depending upon the shooting environment.



Sony DSCW800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera

Like the previous model this one too promises you the ease of operation and quickness in capturing images. Its MP Super HAD CCD sensor is responsible for amazing detailed picture to preserve your memories forever. The innovative Sony lens that allows up to 5x optical zoom is the fastest zooming option you can have in a camera of this caliber. It is automatic so as soon as you get ready to press the button, the SteadyShot Image stabilization technique erases the blur giving a stable and clean shot. This camera too can record videos with 720p HD Movie mode along with the clear and audible audios. The camera menu is not at all complicated. You don’t need to remember any detailed instructions or follow complex options. The in-built super HAD CCD 20.1 MP sensor makes the fast capturing with the help of the perfect Sony Lens with F3.2 (W) to 6.4 (T) aperture. Expert point & shoot camera reviews believe this model is worth buying.


I consider these two the best models if ease of operation is what you are looking for in your point and shoot camera. So, get either of two and enjoy shooting!

3 GPS units that you can trust

Now that you have decided to buy a GPS device for your car, the next step is to decide the best device to choose. As you know, there are quite a number of GPS units available in the market, some starting as low as $50 and others as high as $400.

You need to keep in mind that the quality and performance of the GPS system matters. I did a lot of research on this and came across 3 GPS units that you can trust. They are highly rated GPS systems that deliver top quality performance. Let me share the information so that you can use it too.

Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD

Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD is the latest GPS unit from Garmin and it’s mentioned in many articles as the best GPS on the market. It has a premium design with a 5 inch touch screen. The main advantage of Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD is the voice command operation that makes the easy- to-use device much more user friendly. Garmin offers a very good interface for easy usage and it is definitely one of the best GPS systems that are currently available in the market. The Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD supports SD card facility too. You can download the link software for connecting Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD with your Android or iOS Smartphone. You can buy Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD for $400. Yes, it is a bit expensive but then it does perform outstandingly.


Magellan Smart GPS

Could you ever think of a GPS system that connects to the web via Wi-Fi when GPS was first introduced some years back? No, right? Now, Magellan Smart GPS allows you to connect to the web via Wi-Fi and sync your contacts and vital information present on your Smartphone with the GPS system.  It has Bluetooth enabled calling facility too. The ability to synch with the cloud and the web makes Magellan Smart GPS one of the best selling GPS systems in the world. The device measures around 6.75 inches and has a 5 inch touch screen making it easy to use. You can buy the Magellan Smart GPS for below $200. Now that makes it a value for money product, right?


TomTom Go Live 1535M

The third from my list of trusted GPS units is TomTom Go Live 1535M. TomTom Go Live 1535M is a stylish GPS system that has a number of searching apps like Trip advisor, Google, and Yelp. It easily integrates with Twitter allowing the user to interact with friends and family members. It is a solid performing GPS device that costs you as little as $250.


All the 3 GPS units discussed above are value for money devices and you can buy the one that suits your requirement well.

3 vacuum cleaners that clean pet hair

I love pets especially the dogs. Whenever I decided to have a pet for my home, I restrained myself from this temptation as I was discouraged by the amount the time I had to spend in cleaning. Having a baby at home I never gathered the courage to fulfill this dream.

One day my friend suggested me to get a good quality vacuum cleaner that could clean up pet hair. I gave this idea a thought and searched for some good models. Finally I shortlisted these vacuum cleaners.


Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet Bagless Corded Upright Vacuum UH72630PC


Hoover TTI Floorcare in its model WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet  delivers the best of their engineering called QuickPass technology in keeping your home free from pet hair and other debris.  With technology it sucks away the stubborn pet hair from carpet and hard floors. It comes with a long 40ft. power cord so that you can easily move around in a room.  Emptying and cleaning  bottom-release dirt cup is effortless. It cleans in single yet powerful pass. Exclusive WindTunnel 3 Technology works with 3 channels of suction that lifts and removes any kind of dirt from surface or embedded in carpet. It comes with a number of tools specially meant for mess created by pets while absorbing the odor emanating due to pets at home.



BISSELL 9595A Vacuum with OnePass – Corded


The Bissell vacuum cleaner is known for quick and spotless cleaning in spite of being a lightweight vacuum. The reason is its powerful suction and efficient brush design. This is a great tool since it does the maximum cleaning in first pass. The rotational motion of the brush weeds out all the stuck hair and embedded debris in initial pass. It has a cyclonic system that is responsible for generation of a deep and powerful suction effect. Moreover its TurboBrush is quite handy if you have to frequently deal with the dirt on staircase, furniture, carpets and curtains etc. Cleaning the dirt bag is very easy. Its Multi -Level Filtration ensures removal of all kind of allergens with a washable foam tank filter.



Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional (NV356E)


Pets reach almost everywhere and cleaning a home having a pet means you have to reach all those nooks and corners.  With a button to lift the canister away you will be able to easily clean all these difficult areas from pet debris and hair.  It is lightweight and portable giving relaxation to your back by keeping you upright. It comes with Dust-Away hard floor attachment and two washable microfiber pads to clean carpets and hard floor with equal ease. It’s Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology and a HEPA filter cleans the room air form allergens and infectants.

After reading multiple reviews and articles I have made up my mind for BISSELL 9595A Vacuum with OnePass – Corded. Next month I will be ready to bring home a pet.

2 expensive radar detectors that are worth the money

A radar detector is an essential device that you need to have in your car. There is no doubt that having a good radar detector installed in your vehicle allows you to drive your car without any worry. But have you wondered what type of radar detectors you should buy?

Should you go for an expensive model or a cheap model? It is difficult to answer this question. It completely depends upon your requirement and of course the budget in your hand. If you are ready to spend more than $600, you can get very good radar detectors with excellent features. At the same time, if you like to go for a less expensive model, you can get radar detector for as less as $50.

When I decided to buy a radar detector, I had my intentions clear. I was ready to spend more because I needed a good radar detector with a lot of features that would help me to drive freely and safely. Therefore, I searched for high-end models and came up with 2 options. They are discussed below.

Escort Max 360

Max 360 is the best radar detector that is currently available in the market. The radar detector will cost you a whopping $650 but oh boy, the features and performance of the radar detector are just mind boggling. And what’s more, the company is ready to pay your speeding ticket fee if you get one using this radar. This proves the confidence the manufacturers have in their product.


The biggest advantage of Escort Max 360 is that it provides a 360 degree protection for your vehicle. It has excellent features for daily commutes with GPS system and integrates with your iPhone. Anyone can easily set up the Escort Max 360 making it worthy enough for the money spent.

Valentine One Radar Detector

Valentine One is another super hot model with excellent features. It’s featured in many radar detector reviews lately especially because it comes with two sensor antennas, one in the front and one at the back. It has the capability to sense more radar and laser signals. Valentine One can detect all 820-950 nanometer traffic lasers without any difficulty making it one of the top choices of drivers all around the world. If you are ready to spend an additional $50, you can easily connect the radar detector to your iPhone or Android Smartphone. The main advantage of the Valentine One radar detector is that the company is always giving updates to the product making various improvements to the performance of the system. Valentine One will cost you around $480.


Both the models are excellent and deliver great performance. I recommend you to check on these models before you buy your next radar detector.