With some direction and advice from Michael Zorich, the Product Marketing Manager at Canon's video division, I decided the Canon Elura was the best choice for this task. This camera has excellent features designed into an incredibly small package. It is small enough to fit in a jacket pocket yet the image quality is superb. Size is the most important criteria to me when picking gear for the motorcycle, and often it means a compromise in features. Not so with the Canon Elura. Besides capturing video and audio extremely well, the unit doubles as a digital still camera. Most of the images on this site were created with the Elura.
As my journey progressed, I became more comfortable with the Elura, using my still camera less and less. I can even use it safely and comfortably while moving on the motorcycle, albeit with the right traffiic and road conditions. In all, I captured almost 30 hours of footage. The amazing Elura is quite a show stopper. Throughout my entire trip, the camera got more attention from people than anything else, including the GPS and the fact that I had ridden all the way from New York. At the time of this writing, the Canon Elura can be purchased for around $1200.
After 52 days of bouncing the Elura around the country, I managed to break the tape loading mechanism of the camera. My resulting story of trying to find another one in northern California is somewhat humorously recounted in DAY 54 of my journals. I honestly believe this was not the fault of the camera, as I had been subjecting it to unusual abuse. Remember, these things are highly advanced electronic devices. There are limits involved.
Canon has a great lineup of DV camcorders and there are also some good cameras available from other manufactures, including Sony. I've tried some of them out and have been pleased with the results. But I think Canon offers advantages in image stabilization, lens optics, and bang for the buck. I can't wait to see what the folks at Canon come up with next.
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