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A few months ago my trusty digital camera broke.

So what? You might think, but first you must understand that I’m a total cameraholic. Where I go, my camera goes too – no event, occasion, or silly scene goes undocumented. Sometimes I spend more time staring at the viewfinder screen, than actually taking part in the event itself.

My photo albums are full of fantastic, adorable photos of the Monkey, and the OH. (Hardly any of me, of course, since I’m always taking the pics, rather than starring in them!)

Being without a camera actually made me feel nervous – I dreaded Lucia doing something cute, because I wouldn’t be able to catch it!

But with a new baby due, me about to go on maternity leave, and lots of stuff still to buy, the cost of a new camera just wasn’t in our budget.

Then, something exciting happened… I got chatting to the lovely team on the Kodak stand at Cybermummy, and started drooling over their new 14 megapixel Easyshare M580 camera, and their Playsport handheld underwater camcorder.

A few weeks later I was thrilled to hear back from Kodak, with an amazing offer to try out the camera and camcorder on Mummy’s Little Monkey.

I’m a bit of a techy geek, so when the package arrived I was beside myself with excitement – especially when I realised they’d also included a Pulse digital photo frame.

All three products have been designed with blogging and social networking firmly in mind. When I tried the camera out I couldn’t believe how simple it was to use. The picture quality was crisp and clear, and the colours were really natural (I preferred the images taken in natural light, without any flash). My only tiny complaint was that it took a longer than my old camera to get ready to take another shot – but I guess that’s the trade-off for having such a high definition image.

I instantly fell in love with the Playsport. It’s much easier to use than a traditional camcorder – more like using your i-Phone’s video function – except the resulting footage is much better quality.

When it came time to transfer the pics and video onto my MacBook. All I had to do was connect the device via USB, and they practically uploaded themselves! From there it was simple to post them on to Mummy’s Little Monkey, and my Facebook ‘Like’ page.

Or, even better, to my new Pulse digital frame. I loved that I could load a wide selection of my favourite pics, so every time I looked up there was a different memory displayed.

But what really blew me away was the fact you can email images remotely to the frame, from wherever you are at the time. I can send one to my Mum for Christmas, email new photos of the grandkids, and they’ll be instantly uploaded to her frame all the way over in New Zealand. How cool is that?!

So, after a short break, Mummy’s Little Monkey is full of lovely photos again!! Yay!!

6 Comments

  1. PinkPolkadotAA - September 6, 2010

    Lucky you to be able to try out such a neat camera! I just found your blog, your little girl is adorable.

  2. Jennifer Howze - September 7, 2010

    Nice review! So glad that CyberMummy was helpful in connecting you with Kodak. It’s good to know of a camcorder that’s easy to upload as well. We have a great one, but it’s such a faff to get the videos that they languish on it and granny never sees them!

  3. Mummy Matters - September 8, 2010

    I just had to comment on this post because you sound so much like me when it comes to cameras. I always feel like I spend more time behind the viewfinder than taking part in an event. In fact, on the odd occasion that my camera isn’t with me, I’ve felt totally lost and don’t know what to do without it.

    Lucky you though, some great pictures there xx

  4. Mummy's Little Monkey - September 8, 2010

    Mummy Matters: Ha ha! I totally relate! I HATE not having a camera close by at all times. My OH gets annoyed with me taking so many pics, but he loves looking at them afterwards. I love looking back on all the old pics of Lucia growing up. x

  5. Mummy's Little Monkey - September 8, 2010

    Jennifer: I’ve had a camcorder since the little one was born but for some annoying reason no one could tell me how to transfer the videos on to my Macintosh, so I had all these SD cards piling up, that no-one could ever look at! I couldn’t even send any vids over to my parents in New Zealand, which was the whole point of getting the camera in the first place. The Kodak camcorder couldn’t be simpler, and my family can finally see their granddaughter as she grows up, all the way over on the other side of the world. Just one of the MANY great results from attending CyberMummy 2010!!! x

  6. Mummy's Little Monkey - September 8, 2010

    PinkPolkaDotAA: Well, I’m glad that you found us! If I promise to post more cute pics, will you promise to come back and visit us again?? :)

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