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Pick of the Cameras

(Click the pictures for reviews & links)

ALL THE ONES THAT I LIKE ARE SHOWN BELOW. 

ACTION CAMS

Sony AS100V

Xiaomi Yi

SJCAM SJ4000

SJCAM M10

TCL SVC200
 
 
Sony AS15 / AS10

DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
G1W Budget 1080p Cam
A118 Wedge Cam
Koonlung K1S
Marcus 5 Dual Camera
Vico WF-1
Marcus 4
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).

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

 

 

            

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Sunday
Jul052015

The Mini 0806 Dashcam Review - Better late than never.

Two false starts and over half a year later I've finally completed my review of the Mini 0806 Dashcam. It turns out that this one was worth the wait and if I didn't already have a K1S dual camera installed in both of my cars I'd definitely be using a Mini 0806 instead. 

For downloadable sample clips Click Here  (Tip: use the Google Chrome browser - wait 20 secs for this link to load & download the clips to play them from your computer rather than streaming them)

Purchasing the Mini 0806 - a few tips

I found the best deals for this camera are on eBay - Look for sellers offering the “3rd Gen” model to get the latest version. Check what's bundled - remember the CPL filter is usually an optional extra. The mounts come with or without GPS capability, so read the description carefully. Finally buy your own Class 10 MicroSD card from a reliable source, e.g. Amazon direct (not a marketplace seller) - I always have links to SD memory on the right hand side of this page and I've yet to buy a fake by following my own advice.

Click on your country below to see what offers are available where you live.

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The 0806 is also available on Amazon - but I'd stick to ebay (above) for the best prices and bundles.

Amazon UK     Amazon US

Sunday
Jun282015

The Dazzne P2 - Budget Action Camera Review

The Dazzne P2 is a budget action camera that comes with a surprising number of accessories inside the box for a very reasonable price. Surely there must be a catch....watch the video below where I find out that sometimes good things do come in small packages.

 

 

Downloadable Sample Clips - CLICK HERE (wait 20 secs - works best using Chrome browser) 

PURCHASING LINKS (click your country)

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 (Note the links above are cheaper than the links below)

 

Sunday
Jun212015

Obscure HiFi - The Stereo MicroCassette

Interest in my vintage HiFi equipment videos has really picked up since the Tefifon demonstration a couple of months ago. So with this in mind, I used my consumer electronics time machine to retrieve a Brand New HiFi component from 1982. In the video below I take a look at an audio format that came and went with barely a whisper in the early 80s and has since been largely forgotten.

If you want to see this item on ebay - click here.

Sunday
Jun142015

The Boogie Board Jot 8.5 Paperless Memo Pad

The item that I planned to bring you this week self destructed, ended up in a thousand pieces and ultimately went in the bin (make a note...WD40 can make some things worse). So instead of that I'm bringing you a simple video about a simple gadget.  

The Boogie Board has always seemed to me like a solution to a problem that didn't exist, however after using one for a couple of days I've come to appreciate it for what it is. It does still feel like it's a product that no one really needs, but I could also say that about 90% of the things in my house. Video review below.

I mentioned in the video that I bought mine at Costco, they only had a couple left and were selling them off at £24 a piece to make room for new merchandise. It turns out that this wasn't much of a discount from the normal price and the best place to get one from now is probably Amazon.

 

Sunday
Jun072015

The HP LC100W '4K' Mini Camera Disappoints (and of course it doesn't really do 4K)

Some of the most popular videos I've made over the years have been about Mini Cameras. There's something about cameras like the Mobius or the Polaroid Cube that really capture the imagination. I still find it amazing that I can buy a 1080p camera that's smaller than the tape cassettes my SD camcorder used only a few years ago. 

The HP LC100W is a strange device, it's not really suitable to be used as an action camera due to the narrow field of view lens and it's not a dashcam because it doesn't auto start recording. The specs for this camera still looked interesting though and if more care and consideration had been put into the design process it could have been a real contender, sadly a number of poor decisions relegate this one to being an also-ran.

You can download sample clips here

If you want to buy one, it is available on Amazon - links below.

 

Sunday
May242015

Drift Stealth 2 - Smaller is better 

Drift have been kind enough to send me over their latest, cheapest and smallest action camera - the Drift Stealth 2. In the video below you can see my full review.

After using this camera for a few weeks I can now say that it has supplanted the Contour Roam as my favourite helmet mount action camera. The mounting system is more flexible (it allows tilt), the camera is smaller, lighter and performs much better in low light.

In my opinion the Drift Stealth 2 would be an excellent commuter camera for cyclists - the three hour battery life, water resistant case and recycled video function make it idea for this purpose.

Downloadable sample clips are available here  (allow this link a bit of time to load up)

Purchasing Links

eBay - Click your country

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Amazon UK        Amazon US 

 

Full Drift Stealth 2 Manual available here 

Saturday
May162015

The Teac O'Cass is the Worst Idea Ever and it's brilliant

How do you like the link-bait headline? After seeing the Gizmodo review of the Tefifon go viral, it seems like it's all about having a catchy headline. I'm joking... but it did make me think how we are so quick to retrospectively judge the work of others whilst sitting at our keyboards eating cheesy puffs.

The Gizmodo headline referred to the Tefifon as "Germany's Doomed 1950s music player". I suppose in that respect a 1980s video recorder was ultimately just as 'doomed'. The Tefifon was manufactured from the 1940s to the 1960s and just because it didn't ultimately take over the world, doesn't mean it was a failure in its day, it just died off, just like everything else eventually will. I'm sure Sony even made a good profit on the Mini Disc....just perhaps not as much as they would have liked.

Now with those things in mind... today I'm looking at a Teac Open Cassette, an idea that seems looks so idiotic you wonder if it was made to win a drunken bet. Every article about the O'Casse I've read states that Teac believed it would work out cheaper for people to replace the reel of tape rather than  buying a whole new cassette every time. I call poppycock on this. I feel like that's revisionist history.

My theory is that Teac brought this out because they hoped people would think it was cool. Japanese culture has a strong fondness for things that are miniaturised and kawaii and I think this was intended to appeal to those people.

It seems wacky ideas are being stifled nowadays, people always want to know the reason for something existing - it must serve a purpose or fill a specific need. However not everything is supposed to replace things that went before, and nobody ever needed a Lava Lamp or a Big Mouth Billy Bass.

The Open Reel Cassette is still a ludicrous idea, something that has no reason to exist, and yet it does....and that's what makes it brilliant. 

With that out of the way, ladies and gentlemen I present to you the Teac O'Casse.

Monday
May112015

S10 budget 1080p Helmet Camera Review

Here's a short video review of the S10 budget helmet camera.

Due to my inability to trim the length of .avi files, I can only provide one 155MB Downloadable sample clip (and a few jpgs) available here (give this link 20 secs to load).

You can buy an S10 camera here. (ebay - price approx £65/$85).