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Pick of the Cameras

(Click the pictures for reviews & links)

ALL THE ONES THAT I LIKE ARE SHOWN BELOW. 

ACTION CAMS

Sony AS100V

SJ4000

TCL SVC200
SJ1000
 
Sony AS15/AS10
Liquid Image EGO

DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
G1W Budget 1080p Cam
Mini 0803
Marcus 5 Dual Camera
Vico WF-1
Marcus 4
DOD LS430W
MINI CAMERAS
(Some of these also work as dashcams)
Innovv C1
Mobius
Polaroid Cube
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MY CAMERA REVIEWS ON YOUTUBE

Dash Cams

Action Cams

Spy Cams

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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 and experienced too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. 

NOTE - Some cameras work more reliably with Class 6 Cards as a Maximum (The Mini 0801 is an example).

VERY IMPORTANT. These links go to the product, but not necessarily to the Amazon Direct supplier. I recommend selecting from Amazon themselves not the reseller storefronts..even if it costs a bit more. 

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

CLASS 10 CARD

 

CLASS 6 CARD

 

 

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Sunday
Dec142014

Instant Photo Shoot-Out: Zink Printer vs Film Camera

I've wanted to try out the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 for a while now, so when I saw a deal on ebay that included the camera and film for 100 photos I decided it was finally time to buy one. A few days of testing revealed that the pictures it produced were a much less impressive than I anticipated, so I then bought an LG PD239 ZINK printer, to see if that was any better. 

You can see the results in the video below. 

If you do decide to buy either of these, I found the best deals were on ebay, and whilst the company I used quickly sold out of their stocks of both devices, it's worth waiting for the special offers or bundles that turn up from time to time.

LG PD 239 Portable Bluetooth ZINK Printer

Ebay links (click a country) US UK DE AU NL 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Camera

Ebay links (click a country) US UK DE AU NL

Monday
Dec082014

Want the Nintendo New 3DS now - then buy one. 

I'm never one to wait if there is an alternative, so rather than hang on until its offical unspecified 2015 UK release date I've imported the Nintendo New 3DS-XL.

Now whilst I'm unable to properly demonstrate the amazing improvement in the persistence of the 3D effect I can give a quick tour of the machine and run a few benchmarks against the old model, so watch the video below if you want to see more.

I should mention though, that the 3D effect is incredible. I've seen all sorts of 3D tech over the years, and I own 3D cameras a 3D TV, projector, etc, etc but the New 3DS totally blew me away.  It's leaps and bounds ahead of the old model, but you'll only know really what I'm talking about when you see with your own eyes, so if you do get the opportunity to try one, make sure you take it.

If you are in the UK and want to buy New 3DS (that name really isn't the best idea ever) - I really don't see any reason to hang around until the official release. I imagine that the current ebay prices for the imported models won't be too dissimilar to the store price when it eventually does come out here.

There are three New 3DS models available. Click the links below to be directed to an ebay store with a good reputation. 

Black New 3DS-XL           Blue New 3DS-XL               White New 3DS-XL    

UPDATE - Sorry Now Sold Out

UPDATE: One thing that I've discovered since uploading this video. It is possible to play any Youtube 3D videos (R/L L/R O/U) by going to the Youtube website using the new browser (rather than using the old Youtube App) and it works amazingly well. 

Saturday
Dec062014

SJCAM M10 - All you need to know

Judging by the comments and emails I receive, it appears that a lot of people are interested in the upcoming SJCAM SJ5000+. Most messages I read point out to me that the SJ5000 is already out and then ask when my review will be coming out...

The SJ5000+ is not out (yet) - it's only a Pre-Order and I can only start a review when my camera is delivered from China (presumably in early 2015). I always try to purchase the things I review so I get the full consumer experience. Pre-production review samples can bear little relation to the finished product due to firmware and hardware changes that take place at the last minute. I don't want to spend weeks reviewing a camera that turns out to be different to the one that goes on sale.

Assuming I get my pre-ordered SJ5000+ camera in early January, the earliest I could get the review done by would be the end of January or in early February. The best way to find out when a video review is ready is to stay subscribed to my youtube channel and as soon as it's ready, you'll be notified. I never have any idea how long a video will take me to put together because even when I'm in the middle of assembling it I don't know how much more I'll need to shoot. I only know I'm finished when there is nothing more to say.

But back to the present, the video below is about the newest SJCAM model that's actually on sale today, the M10. In a similar vein to how console manufacturers repackage the outgoing machine in a smaller, sometimes cheaper package whenever a new model is imminent, SJCAM have effectively repackaged their old SJ4000 internals in a smart new case.

So watch the video below to see why I feel that despite this being last year's warmed up tech, I think that the M10 is the best SJ4000 made. 

You can also see my complete SJ4000 WiFi edition review here (whilst the M10 I reviewed is not the WiFi version - all other features are the same).

Buying the M10 Camera

If you want to buy an M10, then click on one of the links below.

ebay (Click your country)

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

      

Monday
Dec012014

The MOVA Globe

Here's a gift idea for people who have deep pockets but little imagination when it comes to deciding what to buy someone for Christmas. Unfortunately I don't know anyone like that, so I bought my own. Click on the short video below to see it in action.

If you are interested in finding out more then click on one of the links below.

The Manufacturers Website

Youtube video from the Inventor explaining the Mova Globe technology in detail.

Purchasing Links

Amazon UK

Amazon US

 

Sunday
Nov232014

The 'Sinclair' Spectrum Analyser

After last week's epic 30 minute video I needed to take a bit of time off and do something far less complicated. So I ended up spending Saturday afternoon repurposing a broken pocket TV to hold a mini music visualiser....and accidentally created the world's first Sinclair Spectrum Analyser.

More info about the spectrum analyzer I used is in its ebay auction (click here) and once that has sold you can see what the designer (Digital Love) currently has for sale here.  I operate mine by sending it audio from the second tape output on my vintage amp but I noticed that the design of the device has recently been updated and now incorporates an audio output so it's easier to integrate into more modern systems. 

Sunday
Nov162014

GoPro Hero Budget Camera vs the SJ4000 (Review)

It's clear that over the last couple of years budget action cameras have been drinking GoPro’s milkshake.

Professional TV production companies are using the high end GoPro models more than ever, but it's at the low end with people like myself who are often opting to choose the cheaper, almost disposable alternatives. The kind of person who plans to go snorkelling on holiday, thinks it would be a fun idea to capture the experience on video but doesn't fancy shelling out hundreds for a camera they might only use once or twice.

Even some people who already have a GoPro are getting the SJ4000 as a second camera to use in places where they wouldn't want to risk their more expensive model. In this context a camera like the SJ4000 With its sharp 1080p video, built-in LCD screen, waterproof case and box full of accessories is a very tempting alternative.  

So after seeing their potential customers go elsewhere, GoPro have launched their own budget camera to compete .

In this review we'll find out exactly what you get for your money and whether this stripped down GoPro is worth the price premium over the SJ4000. I'll run a few head to head video quality tests and list what features each device has in its favour. Ultimately though its down to you to choose the camera that you prefer. I'll present the evidence but you have to make the decisions.

 

DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS
I have uploaded the same samples to two locations. You can download them from Dumptruck or MegaDo not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you need to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 
 
There are links below if you want to buy the GoPro Hero on Amazon.
 

   

 

Wednesday
Nov122014

Classic Retro Hi-Fi Turntable: Sansui XR-Q7 

Vinyl record sales are increasing at the same time that sales of most (all?) other physical music formats are contracting.. I'm not going to begin to try and explain the reasons behind this anomaly, but I will say that in my opinion turntable manufacturers just aren't keeping up with this demand.

There are some beautiful turntables available nowadays, but all the high-end machines I've found are manual - the biggest concession you'll find to convenience is the occasional auto-stop or button to select the speed.

I know that there are people out there that consider any kind of automatic turntable mechanism tantamount to blasphemy and they'll stroke their beards in anger at such a crazy idea. These things introduce noise, feedback electrical interference they'll say. Popycock I say - the existence of the SansuiQ7 proves that an automatic turntable doesn't need to compromise on audio performance in the slightest. 

When it comes to cars, some people choose an automatic gearbox and some prefer manual and this is accepted as normal, yet the current turntable manufacturers are only appealing to people who would prefer the pure experience of driving a car with a manual gearboxes, wind-up windows, and no ABS or power steering, radio, heater or roof.

If Sansui (and others) were capable of bringing out a top quality fully automatic direct drive turntable in the early 1980s are the current crop of high-end turntable manufacturers happy to admit that thirty years later they just don't know how to make something as good. If so, they should be embarrased.

Rant over - here's my quick video about my beautiful new (old) turntable. They just don't make 'em like they used to.