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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

 

 
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
Drift Ghost X

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
Apr032019

DJI Osmo Pocket (and accessories) - long term review

This video is split into two sections: Review @ 00:00 Settings @ 23:11
The DJI Osmo pocket is a very niche camera - if it fits your niche there are buying links below:
Amazon Affiliated Links
Official DJI Website
Alpacas appear courtesy of https://www.alpacalyeverafter.co.uk/
UPDATE:  The phone connector can be re-attached to the camera flipped around so it fits it in the provided case without protruding through the hole. When I tried this during shooting it didn't seem to fit - but I had the case inverted.
I didn't mention this in the video because it just seemed like common sense however  - the photos the camera takes for a panorama can be stitched together at full resolution using whatever photo stitching app you normally use on your computer. 
If either of these things has made you want to buy the camera - then click an affiliated link above to purchase it. 
Wednesday
Apr032019

Hi-Fi Update - Goldring E3 Phono Cartridge & Cambridge Alva Duo Pre-amp

A couple of Hi-Fi upgrades/side-grades - The Goldring E3 MM Turntable Cartridge & Cambridge Audio Alva Duo Phono Stage Links (All links are affiliated)

Goldring E3 MM Cartridge UK: https://amzn.to/2HyHxIY

Cambridge Audio Alva Duo Phono Pre-amp

UK: https://amzn.to/2JritFy

US: https://amzn.to/2JrizNq

DE: https://amzn.to/2UMR16o

Wooden Bull Leather & Cork Turntable Mat

UK: https://amzn.to/2UIceOZ

Turntable Cartridge Protractor

UK: https://amzn.to/2Ycg1Gh

US: https://amzn.to/2Ycgmc1

Stylus Scale

UK: https://amzn.to/2TQ4rlC

US: https://amzn.to/2ULvw6f

DE: https://amzn.to/2OhoTWK

 

Wednesday
Apr032019

DC International & the forgotten Audio Cassette format war (skirmish)

Wednesday
Apr032019

Demonetised

Wednesday
Apr032019

Miniature retro consumer electronics from Japan 

Wednesday
Apr032019

The Wondergram 

Wednesday
Apr032019

Some Inefficient ways to try and clean a record 

Sunday
Feb242019

Wena Wrist Pro Full Review - Smart Watchstrap from Sony

This strap from Sony will give your favourite old mechanical watch some new smartwatch type features. 

A review of a WENA Wrist Pro Smart Watch Band imported From Japan. The connected watch strap that turns a standard watch into a smartwatch. Gain some smartwatch functionality while still being able to wear a traditional watch.

 

The UK version is available to pre-order from Amazon: 

Wrist Pro: https://amzn.to/2X6eoJP 

Wrist Active: https://amzn.to/2SBgwKW  

The differences between the Pro and the Active are explained in the video. Links are affiliated. 

Sunday
Feb242019

Minidisc : Still spinning in 2019

You can still buy a new MiniDisc recorder, blanks and albums in 2019. 

MiniDisc & Cassettes available from http://eox.no/shop/

Cassettes also available in the US from http://www.the8bitguy.com/product-category/music/

Sunday
Feb242019

Ruark R4 - A premium all-in-one HiFi but it can’t fix DAB 

Why spending a lot on a DAB radio might not be worthwhile when digital radio in the UK is in such a poor state.   

Sunday
Feb242019

New more affordable LED Studio Light panels

These new led video lighting panels have adjustable colour temperature and a more affordable price. As they smaller and lighter than the old CFL lights they can also be mounted in new more convenient ways. 

Amazon Links (affiliated)

UK

Neewer 480 LED Panels https://amzn.to/2RKTJfo

2x LED Panels & Stands https://amzn.to/2SPmdVL

Manfrotto Friction Arm https://amzn.to/2RMLpf5

Manfrotto Clamp https://amzn.to/2Ucqrmz

 

US

Neewer 480 LED Panels https://amzn.to/2MtUnbk

2X LED Panel & Stands https://amzn.to/2T2Hhrj

Manfrotto Friction Arm https://amzn.to/2S4Btgf

Manfrotto Clamp https://amzn.to/2Tb4AvO

 

DE

Neewer 480 LED Panels https://amzn.to/2AZGv40

Manfrotto Friction Arm https://amzn.to/2RKqVDC

Manfrotto Clamp https://amzn.to/2CHkffq