"Helmut Wabnig" <hwabnig@.- --- -.dotat> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org... > On Fri, 9 Nov 2012 12:02:56 +0800, "Tom Potter" <email@example.com> > wrote: > >> >>"Sam Wormley" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message >>news:meqdnc7rqpsgzQHNnZ2dnUVZ_smdnZ2d@giganews.com... >>> On 11/8/12 6:36 PM, CWatters wrote: >>>> On 08/11/2012 07:54, Archimedes Plutonium wrote: >>>>> As far as I know, there is no cell phone with a built in tape >>>>> recorder. >>>>> >>>>> Now I wonder if a tape-recorder is difficult to build into a cell >>>>> phone because of the magnetic tape? I am guessing the hard-drive is >>>>> itself iron magnetic tape. Now I suppose a tape recorder based on >>>>> light as a CD could be an alternative. >>>>> >>>>> But anyway, it seems as though the technology of the tape recorder has >>>>> been left behind or stagnant in the past 2 decades compared to the >>>>> camera, computer and telephone. >>>>> >>>>> Any reason for this stagnation and why no cellphone as a built in tape >>>>> recorder. >>>> >>>> This is a wind up right? >>>> >>> >>> All iDevices have recording capability... I use mine often. >> >>I have a tiny, $20.00, key chain "SpyCam" >>that I use every day to make short clips >>of what I did that day. >> >>I also use it to make audio recordings >>of thoughts that come to me. >> > HOW DOES THAT SOUND???? > w. > > > >>It records video/audio at about 60 meg per minute >>thus a 4G flash memory can record about one hour, >>which is more than I use in a day. >> >>So every day, I have a recording of my thoughts, >>what I did that day, and candid shots I happened to make. >> >>I saw an interesting show on China TV >>that showed similar devices being used >>to find out what bears did in the woods. >> >>These were low frame rate devices that were powered by >>larger batteries, and they could run for days. >> >>They were hidden in tree trunks near animal trails, >>watering holes. and feeding places.
The sound is good.
The video on some spycams is good and on some it's bad. Also the field of view is fixed and generally too narrow.
I have some stick-on telephoto and wide angle lenses but they fall off and if I glue them on I no longer have a "candid camera".
The main trouble with making videos with a keychain spycam is that it is hard to get the subject centered in the video.
I have learned to rest my hand on my leg to aim and steady the camera, and to "pan" by swinging my leg.
They have tiny spycams with screens, but if one uses one of these, the subjects often know that they "are on Candid Camera."
Also they are not as convenient as a video/audio recorder that you can put in your shirt pocket and whip out on a moment's notice.
As an example, a month or so ago, I saw a lone swan preparing to land on our complex pond, and I whipped out the spycam and managed to make a great video.