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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%! 

 
Friday
Nov092018

DataPlay: The futuristic optical disc that time forgot

In 2001 the future seemed bright for DataPlay when the tiny optical data storage format won Best of Show at CES. Less than two years later it was all over. Watch the video to find out what happened and to see a demo of this elusive format on a rare machine.
  
    
This video was made possible due to the kind assistance of; 
Cykik Records http://www.cykik.com
     
The picture below compares the Dataplay to some other optical disc formats.
 
  
Other related videos
   
Resources Used
DataPlay drive pictures Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DataPlay
DataPlay Website accessed via The Internet Archive Wayback Machine https://archive.org/web/

 

Thursday
Nov012018

Compact Cassette Tape Winders - From Bic to Sony

Is it possible to make an entertaining video about tape winders?

Well I gave it my best shot.

Thursday
Oct252018

DRIFT GHOST X - The best bike commuter camera.

In this video I'm testing the latest compact side-mount helmet camera from Drift.
With its long battery life and neat mounting system, for many cyclists the Ghost X will be an ideal commuter helmet camera. 
   
   
AMAZON affiliated Purchasing links BELOW
Thursday
Oct252018

The tape recorder no one wanted to see

If you found yourself talking into one of these - you were probably having a bad day. A Police Interview Recorder with an unusual naval past.

 

Tuesday
Oct162018

Anki Vector Robot Review

Many of the early videos about of the Anki Vector have beeen sponsored by the manufacturer - this one isn't. I bought my Vector on a pre-order and received it a couple of days before it went on general sale. Here's my independent review. 

Available from Amazon https://amzn.to/2A42Ehl (US) https://amzn.to/2ywOaVr (UK)

(Affiliated Links)

Tuesday
Oct162018

Your video - on vinyl

In this follow up to my video about VinylVideo. I'm taking a look at one of the first custom cut Vinylvideo discs off the Supersense record lathe featuring yours truly.

 

You can get a custom Vinylvideo disc cut here

Tuesday
Oct162018

The best Neck Speaker

I went a bit crazy and bought all the wireless neck speakers on the market. In this video I pass on everthing I've learned about them, which is a sound buy and which are a pain in the neck. 

BOSE at AMAZON

UK  US  CA  DE  FR  ES  IT 

SONY on ebay

UK  US  DE  CA  NL  AU 

JBL at AMAZON

UK  US  CA  DE  FR  ES  IT 

 

Sunday
Sep302018

NOS - Aiwa Personal Stereo. Unboxing the '90s

In this video I'm opening up and testing a 'New Old Stock' Aiwa personal stereo from 1990. For me there is always something magical about opening a long forgotten box. When opening this I can't help but think about the now middle-aged people who were teenagers back in 1990 when they got one of these for Christmas. It's a little bit of time travel.
   
Apparently the story behind these (courtesy of the Tapeheads.net forum) - is that a company developing a 'mind-machine' acquired 1000 Aiwa HS-PC202 MIII personal stereos from a batch of 10,000 that were originally destined for Media Markt in Germany. They sold hundreds of their modified version, but these machines that are being offered for sale now are the unused ones that were left over and forgotten about in a warehouse, until being recently rediscovered.
  
   
If you want to get a good quality, totally unused personal stereo cassette player - I don't feel that I'm over-egging it when I say that this might be one of your last chances.
  
If you do decide to buy one and the chap on ebay is out of stock...bookmark his store and keep checking, after he sells one - he re-lists another.  He also sells them in batches of two and three - so if you see a high price - double check how many are in that batch before doing what many people on youtube have done and write to me to complain that the price has gone up! 
  
Here is the (affiliated) link: https://ebay.to/2I89GUO 
  
If you want to know more about the Wow & Flutter meter used in this video - you can see a demonstration in the video below. 
    
Monday
Sep242018

The Return of Quad Vinyl

One thing I get asked every now and then is  "When are you going to do a video about Quadraphonic?". Unfortunately as far as a proper retrospective of the various quad record formats goes, that's still quite some way off as I'm hampered by a severe lack of space in my house to properly set everything up. No doubt this issue was also a barrier to entry for many potential customers back in the early 1970s. 

However in this video, with the help of a small temporary set-up, I'm going to be playing what is believed to be the first new quad vinyl record release in over thirty years. It's fun to see the vinyl revival resulting in projects like this and last week's VinylVideo. 

Next, DBX Discs? One can dream. 

BUY
Available to buy from here
  
ARTICLES
   
SUZANNE CIANI

 

 

Monday
Sep172018

A look at VinylVideo┬«

May I introduce you to VinylVideo - probably the least commercially viable new product I've seen in quite some time, and yet I was inexplicably compelled to buy one. It's half art project, half tech demo and 100% bizarre.  

 

In a world of smartphones and more smartphones with the occasional smartphone, the not-at-all-smart VinylVideo has the power to stand out from the crowd and capture my attention. Thank goodness for oddballs and tech tinkerers - they're the ones who keep things interesting.

Here is the official website http://vinylvideo.supersense.com 

You may also be interested in the Holgar Czukay Cinema Box Set which includes a VinylVideo disc: https://amzn.to/2CyshKI (This is an Affiliated Link)

There are additional links in the video description text box on youtube. 

Saturday
Sep082018

The story of Video 2000 - the format that came third in the videotape format war.

People who are my age or older residing in PAL television regions of the world will likely remember V2000 - but for everyone else this could be the first time you've even heard of it, which really does show just how quickly and how hard it failed.
  

Video 2000 was technically the most sophisticated of the three competing formats - but ultimately this proved irrelevant, as the format wars were as good as over before V2000 had put its boots on

If you want to see more about Beta vs VHS watch Technology Connections series of videos - Part 1