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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
Sena Prism Tube

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

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 too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

 
Monday
Aug132018

Sony FH-7 Mkii - Can you handle it?

There were countless mini component HiFi units in the 1980s - but very few of them came with a handle. The Sony FH-7 is one exception and this video is all about my quest to assemble this classic system.  

 

My FH-7 Mk2 came from ebay: https://ebay.to/2nmacVT

If you are interested in the Boombox Calendar - you can find more details here: https://www.facebook.com/myradio.berlin

The Music and media featured in the video include; Purple Cassette - Anders Enger Jensen - Retro Grooves Vol 2 http://eox.no/product/retro-grooves-v...

Colourful Printed Cassette: Jazz Spastiks - Midnight Method (Sold Out) https://jazzspastiks.bandcamp.com/alb...

Labyrinth Soundtrack https://amzn.to/2AIMtZt

Red Record - Colemine Records - Soul Slabs Vol 1. https://bit.ly/2ng0h3O

CD - Marvin Gaye - What's Going On https://amzn.to/2ONzs3y

LP -Culture Club - Colour By Numbers https://amzn.to/2vp7a7r

Also I used a tape of some music from the youtube audio library - I don’t know the track names - If you filter these http://youtube.com/audiolibrary/music... by ‘Attribution Not Required’ and Genre - ‘Jazz & Blues’ you’ll find the tunes used amongst the results.

Boombox and FH7 Resources

 http://boomboxery.com/

http://wikiboombox.com

http://www.thevintageknob.org/sony-FH...

https://www.hifiengine.com/manual_lib...

http://audioidiots.com/

Wednesday
Aug082018

Fujifilm SQ6 - Instant Regret?

Over the years I've reviewed instant cameras that use both Zink and Instax technologies.

After taking into account the significant premium of using the Fujifilm system I've never felt less than short changed. Everyone else appears to be having a lot more 'fun' with their Instax cameras and it's been a sales success for Fuji. In an attempt to see what I was missing out on, I decided to give it one more try and bought the latest SQ6 square format camera.

Was this a wise decision...

 

Saturday
Jul282018

Measuring turntable speed with an App

A look at a new(ish) way to measure the speed of a record player. 

Saturday
Jul282018

Off the wall

A very quick video about a wall radio. 

Saturday
Jul282018

Extra Long play - The 2 hour LP & 2.5 hour CD

A look at two different approaches at squeezing more music onto one disc. 

Sunday
Jul152018

Hi-Vision Laserdisc 

A two-part video about Hi-Vision LD, the first way to play High Definition movies from an optical disc.

This launched twenty five years ago in Japan, thirteen years before Blu-ray & HD-DVD. In these videos I talk about the background, the technology and titles available and do some side-by-side video quality comparisons.

You might also be intersted in some overpriced merch.

Tuesday
Jul102018

Sony's TV Sound De-mumbler

This is something that I bought for my parents, but I thought it was worth sharing in a video.

If you have trouble hearing the TV across a room this wireless Sony speaker might be the answer. It receives the audio from the TV - boosts the vocals and enables you bring the sound closer to where you sit. 

 

AMAZON LINKS BELOW (Affiliated Links)

CA: JAPAN MODEL https://amzn.to/2tEL68c
US:  JAPAN MODEL  https://amzn.to/2lIBUuX
Here's the product on the Sony UK Website

 

 

Thursday
Jun282018

e-book readers - 1990 edition

I'd expect that quite a few people here will remember these Sony e-readers, but I've noticed that they rarely get a mention online. As a result it's likely there's a generation out there who won't be aware that seventeen years before the Kindle made e-readers popular, there was an earlier attempt to sell them to the general public. The Kindle might have got it right - but Sony got their first, and showed them how not to do it.  

Wednesday
Jun272018

MQA-CD The New Hi-Res CDs from Japan

On the 20th June, Universal music in Japan released one hundred album titles on a new physical hi-res music format, MQA-CD. These discs contain hi-res audio but are also backwardly compatible so they can be played at CD quality on any CD player. 

However, while the discs themselves are quite reasonably priced, it seems that they've put the cart before the horse, because playing them back is anything but.

 

Friday
Jun222018

APS - The Analog Photo Slideshow

Sometimes the simplest ideas end up becoming the most complicated ones to achieve. Okay, so this wasn't exactly 'let's go to the moon by the end of the decade' - but my plan to demonstrate a machine from 1996 that displays photos on a TV screen, proved to be far more complicated than I could have ever anticipated.

Anyway, a year after first having that seemingly simple idea...here's the video. Yes, the juice probably wasn't worth the squeeze.

 

 DPReview also recently make a video about APS Film - you can see this here

The quick & easy photo enhancing software I demonstrated in the video is PhotoLemur - available for Win & MacOS.
Sunday
Jun172018

All Box, no Boom : The Technics Sitman

The Co-Deck was Technics (rushed?) response to the runaway success of the Sony Walkman.

After the Sony Walkman arrived on the scene in 1979 at a price of 33,000 Yen the Technics Co-Deck M1 turned up in 1980 at a price of 29,800 Yen.  Whilst also being a portable cassette player, this was a very different machine in a form-factor that was never to be repeated. A look inside reveals a tell tale mystery button that gives away its simple origins.

FAQs including an update on the operation of the Rewind Auto-play function can be found in the youtube comments.