Pick of the Cameras

(Click the pictures for reviews & links)

ALL THE ONES THAT I LIKE ARE SHOWN BELOW. 

ACTION CAMS

Sony AS100V

SJ4000

TCL SVC200
SJ1000
 
Sony AS15/AS10
Liquid Image EGO

DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
G1W Budget 1080p Cam
Mini 0803
Vico WF-1
Vico Marcus 3
DOD LS430W
Mobius
MINI CAMERAS
Innovv C1
Mobius

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What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about and experienced too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. 

NOTE - Some cameras work more reliably with Class 6 Cards as a Maximum (The Mini 0801 is an example).

VERY IMPORTANT. These links go to the product, but not necessarily to the Amazon Direct supplier. I recommend selecting from Amazon themselves not the reseller storefronts..even if it costs a bit more. 

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Monday
Sep152014

Vico Marcus 4 Cinemascope Dash-Cam REVIEW

Here is my review of the Vicovation Marcus 4 car camera. One thing that sets this camera apart from others I've tested is its unusual Cinemascope-esque 21:9 ratio 2560x1080 video mode. It may sound like a gimmick, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Watch the video below to find out more. 

 

As I feared, the youtube re-encoding has introduced a a lot of blocking artifacts into the video samples I show in the review. It's especially noticeable in the first shot where I talk to the camera whilst the car is driving under the trees. If you want to see the original quality of this clip, it's one of the ones I've uploaded in the 'Downloadable Samples' link below. (Filename is '1080p30 Day 3.mov'). 

LINKS 

Downloadable Samples

Purchasing

Vico's Recommended authorised ebay seller links: UK   US

Alternative eBay search buying links (Click your country to find what deals are available to you).

US UK AT AU BE CA CH DE ES FR IE IT NL 

  

Infomation about the Vico Dash-cam range is available on the VicoVation website. 

 

Saturday
Sep132014

Ironing out the kinks in using a green screen effect.

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.

Monday
Sep082014

This is not the WiFi SJ4000....It's the AT200 Review

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.

Wednesday
Sep032014

I'm back - with a few Cruise Ship Tech Tips

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.

Thursday
Aug282014

I'm not dead...I'm on Holiday

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.

 

Mat. 

Monday
Aug112014

Simplify travel charging with the Anker 5-Port 40W USB Charger 

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

Amazon UK

Anker 40W 5-Port USB White  Anker 40W 5-Port USB Black

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 

Amazon US

Anker 40W 5-Port USB White Anker 40W 5-Port USB Black


Other items (all UK links)

 Coloured Braded USB Cables (Amazon)

US Figure 8 Power Lead  Euro Figure 8 Power Lead (Amazon) 

Panasonic TZ60 30x Zoom Camera (Silver) (£290 Manufacturer Refurb on ebay)

Kindle Paperwhite  Sony RX100 M2 Camera (Amazon) 

Saturday
Aug092014

The World's Smallest Tape... actually sounds good.

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.