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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 (My recommendation)
Yi Dashcam (also in black)
   
    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%! 

            

 
Wednesday
Sep202017

Mail Call - Voice Mail from 1967

The Mail Call from 1967 predicted the future of communication would be Voice Mail…but just not as we know it.
 
 

 

 

Wednesday
Sep202017

Bacon Express Review

Rubbish video - rubbish product, lets move on.
   
Wednesday
Sep132017

Sony’s New Cassette Boombox

When I found out that Sony had launched a new cassette player in Japan, I felt it was my duty to try it out. So in this video, that’s exactly what you’ll see, in addition to a comparison against the most recent model Sony sells in the UK. 

The CFD-S70 can be found on Amazon 
UK  US  CAN
 
The CFD-S401 is only available in Japan - http://amzn.to/2wUJWax
I imported mine via the intermediate shipping company - Jauce
   
Anders Enger Jensen's music is available at http://eox.no/

 

Wednesday
Sep062017

Look at the VUs

In this video I'm reviewing four music visualistion devices bought on ebay.
  
  
  
Purchasing links for the Recommended Device: 
Blue/Red Horizontal VU Meter (Boxed)
UK US CA DE AU NL       
Green/Yellow/Red Horizontal VU Meter (Boxed)
UK US CA DE AU NL 
   
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Others Devices Shown:
i) LED Panel
UK US CA DE AU NL 
ii) Glass Tubes
UK US CA DE AU NL 
iii) Mini LCD Type Displays (Not the same model shown in the video)
UK US CA DE AU NL 
Note these LCD displays don't have a digital VU needle display.
    
Music Cassette Tape Provided by http://eox.no
Thursday
Aug312017

Forgotten Format: The Sanyo Micro-Pack 35

In the early 1960s Philips in The Netherlands were working on creating a new compact cassette tape system. Meanwhile over in Japan, Sanyo were doing the exact same thing, but their solution was very different.

Hear the contents of the Japanese cartridge shown in the video.

Wednesday
Aug232017

Which Walkman?

Over the last few years I’ve inadvertently helped fuel the cassette revival. Many of the people who bought their first second-hand home tape deck over the last couple of years, would also now like a decent personal stereo so they can play their new cassette collection on the go.
   

I’ve received lots of requests to make a video about the cassette Walkman. With such a broad topic to cover I thought the best thing I could do was to show the various models I’ve bought and explain why I chose them.    

The links posted under the video below will likely be of more use than the video itself, but both things combined should help point the first-time walkman buyer in the right direction. 

 

The Walkman Archive: http://walkman-archive.com
Stereo 2 Go Forums: http://stereo2go.org
    
Additional Links:
TapeHeads Forum for for all things tape related http://www.tapeheads.net
     
Troubled Hearts Music Cassette Provided by http://eox.no
   
DD Centre Gear Repair on ebay: http://ebay.to/2wnhVZT
New Gumstick Batteries: http://ebay.to/2w0hNhI
   
Ebay Walkman links 
Sony WM-D6C Professional Walkman
UK  US   CAN   DE   AU   NL 
Sony WM-EX Walkman range (Some good, some not so good)
UK  US   CAN   DE   AU  NL 

Quick tip - If you know the model you want, but it isn't there - used the "Saved Search" Feature on ebay - so you are notified the next time someone lists that particular model for sale.
Thursday
Aug172017

Odditapes : Rare & Unusual Tapes

In this video I show a few rare or unusual tapes I've collected over the years.  

By clicking the following links you can view my earlier videos on Sony NT and Philips DCC . 
 
The DCC Museum can be found here: http://dccmuseum.com
The new Jeremy Heiden DCC (& MD) can be bought here: http://www.digitalcompactcassette.com/

 

Saturday
Aug122017

REVIEW: Prynt Pocket (iPhone Photo Printer) 

In the video below you'll find a review of the Prynt Pocket - a portable printer for the iPhone range that uses Zink paper to produce photo prints when you're out and about. It can also print videos, well kind of - it's all explained in the video. 

 

It can be purchased from the Amazon links below.

UK: http://amzn.to/2vYt7MD

US: http://amzn.to/2vwLwNi

CAN: http://amzn.to/2hTtbH7

You can also learn more on the manufacturer’s website: https://www.prynt.co

 

Saturday
Aug052017

MB OMNI Entertainment System: The 8-Track games machine from 1980

The Omni from Milton Bradley is a product that straddles 70s and 80s technologies. At it’s core, it’s a game, an electronic quiz machine. However if you examine the way it works, it could be described as an interactive computer that reads program data from tapes.... 8-track tapes. In the video below I demonstrate what it does and how it does it…but first I have to get it working.
   
    
   
Playing the Omni made me think about the massive success that Trivial Pursuit achieved just a few years later. I remember that game becoming big in the UK around 1984. It's almost as though the Omni was ahead of the game...but then I thought about how much Trivial Pursuit cost (I seem to remember it being £50) and how that was considered very expensive for a board game….so at $120 the Omni never really stood a chance. 
    
It was also a lot more difficult to introduce new technology in the pre-internet age. I recall seeing products in catalogues back in the day and all you got was a picture with a brief description like 'electronic game'. It was often impossible to figure out exactly what some of these things did and when you factor in their high cost it made buying these new gadgets a gamble that many weren't prepared to make. The game Merlin was an example...back then I really couldn't imagine how it was supposed to be used but now after all these years it turns out that the less easily definable products like these were often the most innovative ones.
               
For anyone interested in looking at the way the data on a cart is laid out - you can download a five minute sample of Vincent Price's Movie Quiz by clicking here. This is one of the simpler carts with just a question step and an answer step. Jeopardy and Password+ are more elaborate.

 

Friday
Jul282017

LG UltraWide Monitor Review

I recently bought myself a new LG UltraWide monitor. This is the first 21:9 monitor I’ve had the opportunity to use and after spending a little over a week with it, I can't see myself buying another traditional aspect ratio monitor. Watch the video below to learn more. 

 

Purchasing

Amazon Links:

US: http://amzn.to/2h8RQXQ

UK: http://amzn.to/2w6p6lj

CA: http://amzn.to/2w6vFUV

More info

LG's website: http://www.lg.com/uk/monitors/lg-29UM68


Wednesday
Jul262017

(Not) My Ten Year Youtube Anniversary

A few months ago I noticed that my first video (on my original channel) was uploaded on 26th April 2007…which meant my 10 year anniversary on youtube was imminent, so I put the date in my calendar to remind me when it arrived. Well today’s the day and it turns out that I was mistaken…it’s almost eleven years since I uploaded my first video. I explain more in the moderately shambolic video below.