I have a plan to make a video that will require a green screen effect at some point in the future, so I thought I'll see if I can figure out how to get the technique to work now and hopefully 'iron out any kinks' before I need to use this for real. Watch the video below to see how I get on.
In June 2013 when I tested the SJ1000 camera it was just another cheap no-brand HD Action camera I picked up through ebay. I'd bought plenty of other budget action cams before this that were miserable, so I was as surprised as anyone when the SJ1000 put in a good performance. The follow-up model, the SJ4000 was more of a known quantity because it was just the SJ1000 in a boxy GoPro style case.
I always bear this experience in mind whenever I spot a camera I haven't tested before - there's always a (slim) chance that I'll be pleasantly surprised. So to see if the AT200 is win....or bin, watch the video review below.
I'm back (apparently from the dead) and I've put a quick video together with a few tips for cruise ship travellers.
As always, I've got a few videos on the go and I will have some interesting new products to show you over the next few weeks.
Just had to post this quick message to say I'm not dead, just on a cruise ship with dial-up speed internet that costs $100 for 120 mins. It's almost impossible to do anything other than send an email...posting this has taken 30 mins. I'm aware some clown has posted a comment saying I'm dead...and whilst being on a cruise ship gets pretty close at times...right now I'm still here. Things might change when I have to settle my bar bill though.
Sorry that I don't have the opportunity to moderate the comments right now, but things will be back to normal next week.
Charging devices on the go is a lot simpler now that most things can now be charged via USB, and whilst I still use some stand-alone camera battery chargers, this Anker device is capable of looking after pretty much everything else.
Here are some purchasing links to most of the items seen in the video
UPDATE: It appears that Amazon are having trouble keeping up with demand for the Anker - if it's out of stock Click this link for an alternative device on Amazon UK
Other items (all UK links)
Coloured Braded USB Cables (Amazon)
Panasonic TZ60 30x Zoom Camera (Silver) (£290 Manufacturer Refurb on ebay)
I've always been fascinated by miniaturisation, but whilst many modern solid-state advancements leave me strangely unimpressed (256 GB Micro SDXC...yawn) when it comes to the world's smallest tape , that's another thing entirely.
If you want to buy a Sony NT2 - a police surplus auction on ebay (UK) have a couple left at £80. They are advertised as 'for parts only' and come with no accessories or tapes, and whilst mine works fine it's definitely a gamble.
My Omate TrueSmart watch turned up today. This is definitely my most successful experience with a Kickstarter campaign to date. When I backed it in September 2013, it sounded a tad overambitious, but true to their word Omate have delivered. It's a few months late - but they've used that time to iron out some kinks rather than hurry out an unfinished substandard product.
Within two minutes of unboxing the watch, it was connected up to WiFi and I was viewing my website on a comically tiny screen. It has definitely made a good first impression, however if you've been here before you'll know that I like to test things properly before formulating an opinion. So bear with me whilst I wear it every day for a couple of weeks before putting my full review together.
Here's a very quick look at the watch.
UPDATE: (Almost) Two Weeks Later
I've been wearing the watch daily since it arrived and now my full review is below.
I've never reviewed smartphones because I feel that the hardware is often much less intersting than the apps that run on it. That sentiment also applies for this smart-watch. I haven't found a killer-app for it yet, but that's not to say that one day it won't be made.
I'll be be interesting to see how Apple overcomes the inherent limitations of a tiny screen if their wrist device ever comes out. It's much more clear to me, now that I've lived with a smartwatch, that most smartphone activities like browsing the internet, watching videos and typing are just not practical on a tiny screen.
A successful wrist device will therefore need to do things very differently to a smartphone. I'm really not sure how this could work and what it will look like - but I'm confident that it's not going to be as simple as shrinking down a smartphone and slapping it on a wrist strap.