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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K

Sony AS100V

Drift Stealth 2

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

 

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
DDPai M6 Plus (My Pick)Vantrue N1
XiaoYi Yi
G1W Budget 1080p Cam

A119
DrivePro 200
Transcend DrivePro 220
Transcend Drivepro 520
MINI CAMERAS
(The Mobius also works as a dashcam)
Mobius
Polaroid Cube+
Mobius
HTC Re

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.

VERY IMPORTANT. These links go to the product, but 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 going rate for a real item against the price of a fake one that won't work.

As an example of the extent of the problem of fake goods online...In a recent survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold by Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

 

            

 

Thursday
Feb162017

RetroTech: VHD - The 3rd Disc

In this latest instalment of my series of videos about forgotten formats I'm taking a detailed look at VHD, a largely forgotten pre-recorded videodisc system from the 1980s. If you've seen my 2015 video about RCA's financially disastrous CED you may be surprised to find out VHD used a very similar technology but managed to do it successfully. Watch the video below to find out more. 

VHDs can be imported via eBay 

UK: https://goo.gl/aoYb1W

US: https://goo.gl/QEkrle

My machine was purchased from a Japanese Auction site - using Jauce.

Thursday
Feb092017

The Mobius 2 everything-cam is finally up to the job

It’s been a while since I finished a camera review. It’s not for a lack of trying, I’ve been testing cameras but most of them weren’t good enough to warrant spending the time needed to complete a review. 

The Mobius 2 was one of the cameras that initially didn’t impress. Upon its release last year the video quality was a noticeable step back compared to its popular predecessor. Six months later, it’s a different story. Finally the firmware has caught up with the camera and it’s now capable of producing some great results. Watch the video below to find out more. 

------PURCHASING-------

The manufacturer is in Hong Kong and sells the Mobius 2 worldwide directly through ebay. Click your country below to be taken to the Mobius 2 on their store.

UK   US   CA   DE   AU   NL   AT   BE   CH   ES   FR   IE   IT    

Also available from Amazon in the US

-----USEFUL LINKS------

Manual & Windows Software http://mytempfiles.info/mobius2/index.html

RC Groups Mobius 2  Forums Thread

-----SAMPLE CLIPS-----

Available here on pcloud

(Please do not stream these...they only play at full quality when downloaded and played locally)

 

Thursday
Feb022017

Active Speakers with built-in Vinyl Pre-amp

There are a surprising amount of items I’ve had to buy over the years to make videos. Some of these things won’t ever be seen on screen like the camera, tripod and lights, but there are many others that make occasional bit-part appearances like power transformers and extension leads. 

The speakers shown in this video have been bought to assist in the making other videos. Almost any audio device, can be connected to these powered speakers including those with bluetooth, optical output and most importantly record players, whether they have a built-in preamp or not. This not only makes these ideal for my needs, but also suitable for anyone working with limited space who wants to minimise wiring clutter.

The Roth VA4 speakers are Available from AMAZON in the UK 

RED http://amzn.to/2kQjAS7

BLACK http://amzn.to/2jUgCYI

WHITE http://amzn.to/2jCaOC5

In the USA - KANTO sell speakers with the same features

BLACK: http://amzn.to/2jVA3CO

RED: http://amzn.to/2jBR2qC

WHITE: http://amzn.to/2kqGj6k

GREY: http://amzn.to/2kqP805

 

Friday
Jan272017

Vinyl-Disc

A short video about a relatively recent music packaging format that largely went unnoticed. There have been occasional uses of this recently, so it could yet re-emerge.

Tuesday
Jan242017

Pre-recorded cassettes can sound good (really)

Unfortunately many people didn’t notice the improvement in the quality of pre-recorded cassettes, as they had stopped buying them by the time the developments covered in this (very wordy) video were implemented.

 

 

Tuesday
Jan172017

Window Cleaning Robot

A robot designed for cleaning inaccessible windows on Chinese sky scrapers finds it’s way to my corner of the UK and disagrees with my choice of glazing.

 

 

Friday
Jan132017

Design Classics - Grundig Ocean Boy 210 Radio

Number two in a very occasional series of videos where I look at cool tech that doesn't do anything remarkable…but does it with style. 
    

Sunday
Jan082017

This is about DAT

Following a collaboration between Sony and Philips, the Compact Disc is launched in Japan in 1982. This new digital music playback format was a big hit, so work then starts on introducing a new digital recording format for the home. This time Sony & Philips go their separate ways.

Philips preferred the idea of a S-DAT based system which would use a Stationary play head as this could be compatible with existing compact cassettes. However significant development would be required to get this idea to work, due to data limitations of the existing tape and head techniology. It eventually emerged in 1992 as DCC, largely owing it’s existence to innovative audio compression techniques that were not possible on a consumer device in the 1980s.

Sony however took a simpler route, eschewing the idea of backward compatibility, and using existing video recorder technology by 1986 they were able to demonstrate prototypes of their new R-DAT based system which used a Rotating head to pack more data onto slow moving tape.  This system didn’t employ any compression…and therein lay the rub.

The Sony DAT system could make perfect copies from Compact Discs…and for the recording industry, that was just not cricket. Watch the video below to learn more about Digital Audio Tape and see some DAT machines in action. 

 

CORRECTIONS
Long Play Mode is 32kHz (added as an annotation before the video went live)

WARNING
This video may contain the occasional redundant turn of phrase...e.g. "DAT Tape" if this is of concern, please do not press play. 

FAQs
Q) Are you going to do a video about Minidisc?
A) Yes
Q) When
A) I don't know

PURCHASING
I bought my DAT Recorders from EBAY - here's a link https://goo.gl/x2k1jX 

NOTE
This video does not go into detail about tape data backup solutions, these were known as DDS. This is a deliberate omission…it’s a video about audio. 

Here's a nice 1986 article about S-DAT and R-DAT.