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Pick of the Cameras

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ALL THE ONES THAT I LIKE ARE SHOWN BELOW. 

ACTION CAMS

Sony AS100V

Drift Stealth 2

Git2 Pro


Git1


Dazzne P2

Xiaomi Yi

SJCAM SJ4000

SJCAM M10+
TCL SVC200
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
G1W Budget 1080p Cam
Mini 0806

A118 Wedge Cam
Koonlung K1S
Marcus 5 Dual Camera
Transcend Drivepro 200
Transcend DrivePro 220
Transcend Drivepro 520
Marcus 4
Philips ADR810
DOD LS430W
MINI CAMERAS
(Some of these also work as dashcams)
Innovv C1
Mobius
Polaroid Cube
HTC Re

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). A lot of cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB - so don't just buy the biggest card you can - read the specs in the manual first. 

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. 

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

CLASS 10 CARD

 

CLASS 6 CARD

 

 

            

Wednesday
Feb102016

Retro HiFi Two-in-One video

The video features two devices, The first is the Realistic APM-200 - an external add-on VU meter sold in the 1970s & 1980s through Radioshack and Tandy. The main subject of the video though is the Onkyo U30 - an RCA Switchbox/Pre-amp. 

I really don't see why an enterprising manufacturer couldn't bring back either one or both of these types of devices. If they were to go a step further and add in a DAC, then we'd really have an handy all-in-one HiFi component. Perhaps I've just given someone the idea for a Kickstarter.

Wednesday
Feb102016

Techmoan is now on Patreon

Techmoan can now be supported through donations on Patreon. If you are unsure as to what Patreon is, it's a way of paying for something that you can also get for free. It's akin to throwing a coin into a busker's hat, you don't have to do it, there's no obligation, it's merely a way of showing gratitude and providing financial support.

There's no hard sell here. My youtube videos and this site will remain free to all, however if you want to pay a visit to my Patreon page - it's here: Patreon.com/Techmoan

Monday
Feb012016

I'm tired of suckers talking smack about my K7s

Or in plain English - I'm fed up with cassettes getting a bad rap. Yes the technology has been superseded, but that's no reason to be dissing (there I go again) the best-selling pre-recorded music format of the 80s & 90s. To me it's akin to slagging off your grandma....at her funeral. 

I made the video below to put the record (tape) straight. The cassette may have come and gone, but few people ever heard it at it's best. Before I made this video, I was one of those people. However rather than make up stories about how bad it was in an attempt to be hip and popular, I've made an effort to find out the truth about tapes. Watch the video below to see how I get on.

So saying cassettes were rubbish is the same as driving a Trabant and then saying cars are rubbish. Listening to cheap tapes on a dodgy stack system, or a Saisho/Matsui 'Walkman' was how most people remember them, but that's doing cassettes a massive disservice. 

I've got a few links below if you want to give cassettes a second chance. 

You can find all sorts of machines on ebay
  
If you are looking to buy the same model of machine I bought - the model is the Sony TC-S1 - this link will search for it on eBay UK 
However the TC-S1 is part of the Sony Scala system and some people list it under this - so this link will look for the Sony Scala on eBay UK 
  
Whatever eBay search you are doing - it's advisable to expand it to include the rest of Europe - the prices and condition are often better if you source a machine from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands etc.  
Don't just search for Dolby S - as often this spec is not mentioned in the title of an auction.
  
I buy blank Metal Tapes from Tapeline in the UK 
  

Here's a link to the video I mention at the end, about the Last Audio Cassette Factory

If my video was too basic for you - don't complain, just head over to TAPEHEADS.NET where you can get really technical about whatever tape related topic you want.

*Regarding the K7 in the article title - it's a slang abbreviation of Cassette used in a number of countries around the world - just pronounce the letter and number in French and you'll understand why. 

Wednesday
Jan272016

Yaqin SD-CD3 Tube Processor - add valves to any Hi-Fi

We're back in the world of audio today with one of the strange devices you can usually find in the back of a HiFi magazine. Alongside the adverts for isolation feet, electricity conditioners and oxygen free cable I spotted a device that promised to bring the 'richness of tubes' to any HiFi. However I didn't buy that device (the IFi Micro itube stage buffer), and I'd still love to test it out, but it did plant a seed in my head which ultimately resulted in me buying the Yaqin SD-CD3 that you can see tested below.

The Yaqin SD-CD3, can be found on Amazon US and UK

Friday
Jan222016

The fully-loaded Gitup Git2 Pro Camera - what more do you need?

I've reviewed many action cameras with each new model (usually) improving upon the last. However pretty much every camera I've tested has had an achilles heel, whether it was the lack of a mic input, poor exposure control, or general operational issues, it's often a case of 'close, but no cigar'.

Well I think the Git2 deserves that cigar, because I'm really struggling to find anything that it doesn't do. As far as these kinds of cameras go, it seems to tick the box for every feature you need and then throw in a few more besides.

If you are looking for a matchbox sized camera and the Git2 falls within your budget, I really can't think of anything that should prevent you from buying it. I suppose you might prefer to pay more for a camera with less features but labelled up with a brand name you are more familiar with...and if so then that's your prerogative, however I know which camera I'd buy.

Watch the video below to see the full review.

If you want to buy a Gitup Git2 Pro, I found the best deals are on ebay, so click your country below to see the current price that is available to you. 

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

Read the listings carefully because different accessory bundles are available. 

If you are in the US and only like to buy from Amazon - it can also be found there, at a premium.

You can download a selection of sample videos and stills taken with the Git2 from pCloud by clicking here.

The official manufacturer website is here - Gitup.com

Wednesday
Jan132016

Here's something old - The Playtape

Before compact cassette, before 8-track...there was Playtape.

I like nothing better than trying out a piece of obscure technology for the first time. Opening up a BNIB (brand new in box) gadget from the past really can feel like taking a trip back in time.

Almost fifty years ago, a teenager somewhere in America will have opened up a box, taken out their Playtape machine and played their first tape. That teenager will be a pensioner now, and their tapes and machine long since gone. However the Playtape machine that they didn't buy, the one that got left in the store in 1967, stuck in a warehouse for almost half a century, frozen in time, sealed in styrofoam, finally gets it's chance to entertain... in the video below. 

 

The playtape format is largely forgotten and doesn't have a great online presence, however there are a few places you can find out more, including the always excellent Museum of Obsolete Media and Baja's Playtape page which also includes a comprehensive tapeography.

Playtapes can usually be bought from ebay and you can still find unopened tapes on there, some for over $100.

If you enjoyed this video, be sure to have a look at my other HiFi videos on youtube and please subscribe to the channel

Tuesday
Jan122016

Recording inside and outside the car - with the Transcend DrivePro 520 Dashcam

Over the last few years I've been searching for a suitable camera for taxi drivers. They regularly get in touch asking me to recommend a camera that's able to record both the road and their passengers, day and night. I finally have an answer, and it's the Transcend DrivePro 520. Full video review below.

 

Below you'll find the affiliated Amazon & ebay purchasing links.

 

ebay links below - click your country to get the latest prices.

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

My Downloadable Sample Clips can be found here, stored on pcloud. 

Wednesday
Jan062016

A 360º Appraisal of the Ricoh Theta S Camera

Since the introduction of the original 360º Theta Camera in 2013, the Ricoh engineers have continued to develop their two-lens spherical camera technology and now their latest model, the Theta S, is available in the UK.

You can see my full review below.

 

In the video I voice some disatisfaction with the apps and software that accompany the camera. I know that in many ways this is uncharted territory, however Ricoh have had over two years practice and to me the image management experience still feels very beta. The ecosystem surrounding the 360º Bublcam seemed a lot more user friendly. 

For example, the fact that Ricoh don't allow me to post full quality video clips over 11 seconds or batch-upload images seem like rookie errors....and the lack of a delayed shutter on a camera where you often need time to get out-of-shot is puzzling. The Bublcam has a delay shutter as standard. 

 

China Town - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

 

However software and firmware can always be updated - if the actual technology that creates the 360º images didn't work well then things would be a lot more serious, but it does work, and it works flawlessly.

The next time I go on holiday, in addition to my main camera I will definitely be taking the Theta S along as well, and that's really the biggest accolade that I can give to any camera. 

Affiliated links to Amazon below.

 

You can download my original 360º files here and you can watch the 360º youtube driving footage here (apparently you can zoom in/out if you have a numeric keypad with +/- keys).