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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%! 

 
Thursday
Dec062018

Mr Dengon - and his endless loop 

Mr Dengon is a message machine sold in the mid '80s in Japan which records onto a magnetic tape cartridge.

 

Thursday
Dec062018

The Tape recorders of Mission Impossible (Episode 1)

I recently watched all 171 episodes of the Mission Impossibe TV series to catalogue the tape recorders they used.  In this video I look at the most commonly seen model. If there is sufficient interest, I'll explore the other models in future episodes. 

Thursday
Dec062018

Linesman Telephones

I used a couple of old linesman telephones to make an intercom. 

 

Monday
Nov192018

Columbia GP3 Portable Turntable - Don't believe the hype

A look at the ‘cult classic’ Columbia GP-3 portable vinyl record player from Japan. 
  
   
Other related record player videos:
Turntable Speed Measurement App RPM 
GP3 Turntables can be found on ebay https://ebay.to/2OoFZ3m (affiliated link) 
 
The Comedy Outro short is available on it's own here
Monday
Nov192018

Audities 3

A look at a few more of the unusual or interesting recordings I've acquired over the last few months. 
   
  
   

LINKS

SGT 606 DCC & Sample Audio

DCC Documentary on Kickstarter

School Drugs - Relative Suffering 

 

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